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Rae Howell : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Faraway Castle : piano quintet by Rae Howell, from the CD Eavesdropping

Photo of Rae Howell

Photo: Dean Jones


Rae Howell is a freelance "musician, composer, pianist and vibraphonist extraordinaire" (Luna Kafé). Her work is shaped by her diverse skills and interests: as composer, performer, producer, impresario, arts consultant, music stylist, theorist, teacher and entrepreneur. Similarly, her music oscillates effortlessly across genres, reaching listeners across the globe through a vast range of projects.

In addition to her solo pursuits in writing and performing, Howell is the founding and artistic director of the Sunwrae Ensemble and works in collaboration with performing and visual artists in theatre, film, dance, multimedia and concert hall projects. Her list of works is flourishing, from solo to orchestral pieces, sound design for installations, soundtracks and special event commissions.

Graduating from the University of Melbourne Conservatorium in Australia (BMus) and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London (MMus), Howell has held musician/composer in residence posts at the Banff Centre in Canada, Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida USA, the ARENA International Theatre Festival in Erlangen, Germany, Instituto Sacatar in Bahia, Brazil (UNESCO Aschberg Bursary), the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden, Ho Chi Minh City Opera House Vietnam, ECCO International in the Gambia West Africa; La Sonora in Argentina; and the Edward Said National Conservatoire of Music in Palestine. During these residencies, Howell has worked alongside some of world's prolific artists. Currently she works with sonic & visual artist Jon Cohrs (NY, USA) on an ongoing electronic music project 'Rabbitsss'.

Howell's album releases include Never Stops to Wait (2005), several Live Eavesdropping CDs & DVDs (2003-2007), Autumn Never Fall (2009), Live at The Thornbury Theatre (2010), Heavy Forest Air (2013) and Penguins (by Rabbitsss, 2014). She has appeared live at leading arts festivals internationally and is also the founder of the touring concert series 'Eavesdropping', showcasing new music and visual arts.

2015 saw the launch of a long-awaited double album of Howell's original solo piano works, Invisible Wilderness, alongside a sheet music publication.

"Sunwrae is, without question, Australia's best kept secret... The music paints every style, every influence, in complete, organic harmony." The Silent Ballet, USA)

"Rae Howell is a composition and musical genius" (Faster Louder)

"The Sunwrae Ensemble have true power and a brilliant finish..." (Karl Schwonik, jazz musician, Canada)

Rae Howell — current to 2015

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Goodness gracious : a cappella vocal sextet / ensemble (2009) Composed for the Song Company as part of the MODART composer development programme
Faraway Castle : piano quintet (2002) Written for a German/Australian theatre production 'Einst zu einer Zeit' (Once Upon a Time) in Erlangen, Germany
Hugo where I go : for solo piano (2002) Commissioned for a puppetry/theatre production 'The Angel Show'.