Lynette Lancini : Represented Artist
Photo: Lynette Lancini
From cassette recording one-woman space operas on piano, vocals and descant recorder in the lounge room of her Lismore childhood, Lancini (formerly Pratten) now creates music from and beyond her studio in the foothills of Mount Coot-tha.
Lancini is a founding member of Music for Heart and Mind, a new music collective out of which the quintet Topology developed. Her works from this time include FROG LOGIC, an opera for younger audiences created with librettist Valerie Foley and workshopped and presented by Victoria State Opera and the Melbourne Theatre Company; and redolent jellyjubes of musicfruit, an indie album of her art songs and chamber music.
In the early 2000s, Lancini was an Associate Composer with The Queensland Orchestra. During that time her orchestral work Overt Operation was workshopped and premiered. She also composed CENTAUR, a four movement work commissioned for Topology's Difference Engine album; the opening movement Obsidian continues to be regularly broadcast on ABC Classic Breakfast and Classic Drive.
Eugene Gendlin's 'felt sense revolution'** has become a catalyst for Lancini's creative practice. She studied Gendlin's philosophy and Focusing process at experiential depth with psychotherapists Dr Rob Parker (US), Dr Karen Whalen (CA) and Jane Quayle (AUS), and was certified as a Wholebody Focusing Professional in New York in 2015.
Conceptually fresh work arises from Lancini's
felt sensed espressivity, as captured in her four part improv
film PIANO DENTATA (2017/2021) for inner-directed
movement, piano, and miniature piano, by Michelle Vine (film) and
Luke Jaaniste (audio and editing).
In Musica Soma (premiered 2014 by Muses Piano Trio), modal piano tracks circadian, lunar and astrological cycles of a calendar month, while glissing strings sonify the sex hormone lines of a menstrual cycle chart.
Between 2016 and 2021, Lancini was a performer-composer with the Piano Mill's Harrigans Lane Collective. Her composition megaMammal (a mashup of vocal and pianocentric music thematically unfolding in songform over a rippling chaconne, for whip-bearing cowherds, vocalists and sixteen reclaimed pianos) premiered at the Piano Mill on Easter Sunday 2018.
Lancini is a regular performer with The Stairwell Project, which places musicians in hospitals to help reimagine clinical spaces and clinical practice. She is deliriously happy to be welcoming the extremely rare timbre array mbira (from inventor Bill Wesley of Array Instruments) to her collection of musical instruments.
Lancini and her (pronk & psychedelic pop-loving) husband Ben continue to raise their four young adult sons. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary Music) from Queensland University of Technology, a Bachelor of Arts (Music, English) from The University of Queensland, and an Associate Diploma of Performance (Piano) from the Australian Music Examinations Board.
**see Akira Ikemi
Lynette Lancini — current to September 2023
Music for Heart and Mind new music collective (1990 - 1998)
Majella O'Shea (1990 - current)
Victoria State Opera (1996)
Topology (2000 - 2012)
Queensland Symphony Orchestra (2004 - 2005)
Muses Trio (2013 - 2014)