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Brad Gill : Associate Artist

I try to write rich, intense, rewarding, expressive music reflecting my various music theory and performance interests as well as love of nature, literature and my explorations in aesthetics and East Asian culture and spirituality.

Random Audio Sample: Crickets : for baritone voice, viola, percussion and piano by Brad Gill, from the CD Sideband.

Photo of Brad Gill

Photo: Peter McNamara


Artist website: http://www.sideband.com.au

Brad Gill is a composer, percussionist and co-artistic director of the composer-performer collective Sideband as well as member of the experimental improvisation project 'Mind on Fire' and the Dreambox Collective. He began serious musical studies with a focus on xylophone and percussion, later developing an interest in composition, which he explored while a student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Honours degree and Ph.D.) and University of Western Australia. He has also seriously studied Javanese Gamelan and North Indian Tabla and jazz improvisation. Current focusses are projects incorporating collective exploratory improvisation and intersections with non-Western music traditions and building and developing creative collaborations with like-minded artists. His personal composition and vibraphone approaches are grounded in and extensions of Chan practice.

Brad Gill — current to July 2021

Studied with

Trevor Pearce (1996 - 1998)

Bozidar Kos (1998 - 2002)

Richard Toop (1998 - 2005)

Roger Smalley (1999 - 2000)


Collaborated with

Nicole Thompson (2011 - 2013)

Sideband (2012 - current)


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Song of Shining Eyes (solo soprano) (2021) Commissioned by Dreambox Collective.
We Dwell Alone (soprano with chamber orchestra) (2017) Commissioned by Sideband.
Like writing on water : for piano solo (2015) Commissioned by Daniel Herscovitch.
Digital sheet music sample Night Song : for solo timpanist (2011) Commissioned as part of the Sydney Conservatorium 101 Program
Pneuma : chamber orchestra (2010) Written for the Sydney Conservatorium new music Ensemble
One word full of meaning (sextets: 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass - with percussion) (2005) Written for the ModArt05 composer development project organised by the Australian Music Centre and The Song Company

Analysis & Media

- Program note: One word full of meaning...