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Racheal Cogan : Associate Artist

Contemporary modal music is a term which Racheal acquired from Ross Daly while working with him in Greece. It describes contemporary music based in modal melodic structures characterised by idiosyncratic intervallic structures, microtonality, complex rhythmic partnership and considerable melodic embellishment. Integration of improvisation and composition are also key features.

Random Audio Sample: Absence : for Ganassi recorder in G by Racheal Cogan, from the CD Transience

Photo of Racheal Cogan

Photo: Sandrine Bretaud


Artist website: http://rachealcogan.com

Racheal Cogan is a recorder player who has recorded and performed extensively in modal music forms around the world. She completed her BMus (Hons) degree at Monash University in 2005 with a thesis on Sufism and Persian classical music. From 2008 she participated in the creation and performed on the recorder with Cirque du Soleil in Zaia, based in Macau, China. She is currently performing in Totem, a new touring Cirque du Soleil show.

Orpheus Music have published twelve of Cogan's compostions in five publications.

Racheal Cogan and Tony Lewis released their duo CD Transience: contemporary modal music with Orpheus Music in January 2007. Their unique repertoire includes traditional and classical pieces from Greece, Turkey and Iran, as well as compositions by Cogan, acclaimed Greek musician Ross Daly, and Persian santur master Ostād Farāmarz Pāyvar. Cogan and Lewis's work is collectively drawn from a large amount of first-hand experience in the study and performance of musical forms across the world, spanning Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and the Indigenous musics of Australia. Transience 'is spiritual, the musicians have artistry, creativity, vision and sheer mastery of their instruments'. (Jaslyn Hall, Limelight: March 2007)

In Melbourne in 1993 Racheal Cogan co-founded the Greek music group the haBiBis, whose CD Intoxication won an ARIA award in 1999. In 1998 she received funding from the Australia Council to study with recorder players Walter van Hauwe and Jantien Westerveld in the Netherlands. In 2000, with assistance from the Ian Potter Foundation, she travelled to Athens to study, perform and record with Ross Daly and his ensemble Labyrinth throughout Greece, Turkey, and Macedonia for two years. Since then she has had funding from the Australia Council to study Persian classical music with Hossein Omoumi in France (2002), an Asialink residency in Chennai, India to study Karnatic (South Indian) music with mridangam player Karaikudi R. Mani (2003), and she has performed with and composed repertoire for Kurdish musician and instrument maker Fardin Karamkhani in the USA and Greece (2001 - 2003). She recorded a personal CD, Sojourn, in Greece, funded by Arts Victoria, with Ross Daly, Kelly Thomas and Angeliki Xekalaki. Sojourn was released in Australia in 2006 by Orpheus Music.

Racheal Cogan — current to September 2010