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Andrew Harrison : Represented Artist

Drawing equally upon improvisation and conventional notation, Harrison composes music that is always engaging, challenging and entertaining.

Random Audio Sample: The Laramie project (dramatic music) by Andrew Harrison, from the CD Laramie project

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Andrew Harrison is an Australian composer whose music has been performed in both Australia and the United States, and has been heard on Australian television and radio.

He has produced numerous works for theatre, including the original score for Stop.Rewind, produced in 2010 by Red Stitch Actors Theatre and directed by Anne Browning. He composed the dramatic underscore for the Eagle Eyed Productions staging of The Laramie Project in 2005 in Victoria, Australia, as well as incidental music for the same company's productions of the stage plays You Can't Take It With You and Breaker Morant. Harrison has written music for numerous short features, including Abel (2010), Abraham (2010), Tea for Two (2010), Simon (2009), At The End of The Day (2008), Bottom Dollar (2008), The Daily Grind (2008), Animal (2007), Deceased (2006), Without Warning (2002) and Bean Dead (2000).

Harrison has also written numerous chamber and concert pieces, with works ranging from solo instrumental pieces to compositions for jazz ensemble. He is particularly interested in the nexus between improvisation and composition, and often explores new ways in which compositional concepts can inform and direct the improvisation process.

Harrison directs and plays piano in The Andrew Harrison Trio, which is a vehicle for his compositions. He has performed at venues and festivals throughout Australia and the United States, both solo and with his trio, as well as with the groups SPAK, Spot The Phantom Dog, and with trombonist George Lewis.

Harrison worked as music assistant to Australian film composer Paul Grabowsky on his opera Love in the Age of Therapy, produced by Opera Australia, and The Streets of Hiralqya, commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has taught in the History Department at the University of Melbourne, and was a guest lecturer in Jazz Composition at Monash University, Melbourne.

Harrison contributed articles on Australian jazz to the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz in 2002. He completed a Master's degree in composition at the Australian National University School of Music in 1999, where he studied with Larry Sitsky. Andrew Harrison has also studied with George Lewis and Anthony Davis at UCSD in San Diego, California.

Andrew Harrison's works reflect his diverse musical passions, namely jazz, rock music, and the classical traditions. Drawing equally upon improvisation and more conventional notated concepts, Harrison composes music that is always engaging, challenging and entertaining.

Andrew Harrison — current to June 2011

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Gassed shell (Severe) (unspecified voice with chamber ensemble) (2014) Commissioned by Paul Grabowsky, Monash Art Ensemble.
The drumfire was incessant, and continued all night with unabated fury... : for solo piano (2012) Commissioned by Zubin Kanga.
The Laramie project (dramatic music) (2005) Commissioned by Eagle Eyed Productions, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Digital sheet music sample Lady and the tram : tenor voice with piano (1999) Commissioned by Angus Grant.