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Andrew Byrne : Associate Artist

Andrew Byrne's music always betrays a fascination with polyrhythm and is influenced by American experimental music and non-Western traditions.

Random Audio Sample: Red funk (female voice with chamber ensemble) by Andrew Byrne, from the CD In these great times

Photo of Andrew Byrne

Artist website: http://www.andrewbyrne.net

Andrew Byrne is composer for film, art installations, contemporary dance, and the concert hall. His work has been described as 'beautifully constructed, tautly focused music' (Fanfare magazine), 'a delirious swoon: somehow lush and minimal, soothing and ominous' (Studio 360, WNYC Radio) and 'Imagine Ligeti's Etudes having had a little too much to drink with Conlon Nancarrow as the designated driver' (Gramophone).

Andrew's music has been performed in the US, Asia, and Europe as well as his native Australia. Recent performances include 3Body at the Vail Dance Festival, Colorado, with choreographers Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener; world premiere of The Othersiders, a Potter Foundation commission) by Astra Music; a portrait concert in Melbourne, broadcast nationally on ABC radio (Whispers and Cries and Creeping Shadows); Toward a Monument to the Great Strike, Carriageworks Museum, Sydney; as well as performances at New York venues such as Bargemusic (Tracks), the Kitchen (Striking), the Stone (Book of Actions), Le Poisson Rouge (White Bone Country); in Treviso, Italy (Bach in the Barrio); in Edinburgh, Treviso, Padua, and Trieste (Ascension).

In recent years, Andrew has increasingly interested in creating sound installations in collaboration with visual artists, most notably with Tom Nicholson. Museums and galleries featuring Andrew's work include the Auckland Triennale, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz; Museo Storico Nazionale dell'Arte Sanitaria in Rome; the Shanghai Biennale, China; Holburne Museum, Bath; Parco delle Rimembranze, Venice.

White Bone Country, a recording of Byrne's music for piano and percussion, was released by New World Records in New York in 2009 to widespread critical praise.

Other CDs featuring his music include Striking (featuring Either/Or Ensemble and Astra and Speak Percussion), Wildfire (Brake Drum Ensemble), Broadway Boogie (Move Records) by pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, and In These Great Times (the ByrneBand).

Musicians and organisations to have commissioned music from Andrew include Ensemble L'Arsenale, (Treviso, Italy), Either/Or Ensemble (New York), Speak Percussion (Melbourne), Astra Chamber Music (Melbourne), Ethos Percussion and the Lark Quartet (New York), Ian Potter Foundation (Melbourne), Australia Council for the Arts, and others.

Andrew Byrne — current to December 2018

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Striking : for string quartet and chopsticks (2012) Commissioned by Either/Or Ensemble.
Bach in the Barrio : for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2009) Commissioned by Arsenale, Treviso, Italy
Six dances : for solo piano (2002) Commissioned by Speculum Musicae.
Digital sheet music sample Force : for amplified choir & electric ensemble (1999) Commissioned by Astra Chamber Music Society.