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Lynette Lancini : Represented Artist

Lancini's musical language blends playful lyrical warmth with neo folk and baroque influences.

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Photo: Marcus Goater


Lynette Lancini (formerly Pratten, b. 1970, Lismore NSW) is a self-taught composer whose music has been performed by many ensembles including the Muses trio, Topology and the Queensland Orchestra; broadcast and toured nationally and internationally; and featured in several Australian festivals. She has created and performed scores for documentary, theatre and workshop productions, and is author to a bunch of juicy poems, lyrics, and creative nonfictions.

Lancini's 4-movement work Centaur (completed 2003), was commissioned and recorded by Australian new music quintet Topology on their Difference Engine CD (Serrated Records). Her work Overt Operation was performed by the Queensland Orchestra in July 2005, and was an outcome from a period as a QO Composer-Affiliate during 2002.

Through the 1990s, Lancini composed for and performed in 'Music for Heart and Mind' new music collective concerts in and around Brisbane. In 1996 she released many of these compositions in an independent recording titled Redolent Jelly-Jubes of Musicfruit. Lancini also collaborated with librettist Valerie Foley to create FROG LOGIC, a 40-minute contemporary fairytale chamber opera, which was workshopped and performed in the 1996 Next Wave Festival by artists from the Victoria State Opera and Melbourne Theatre Company.

With the successive births of her four sons (2001-2008), Lancini's creative life went underground. Marshall Rosenberg's 'nonviolent communication' was the stimulus for a broad review of the kinds of relationships between composer-performer-score-audience that were worthy of pursuit. During this time, embodied movement and community facilitation in the form of non-hierarchical women's spirituality circles became Lancini's area of action research. During the mid-2000s, she became a student of Gene Gendlin's 'philosophy of the implicit and of focusing', a research-based practice for facilitating change derived from Gendlin's philosophy.

Through an exploration of sound-based wholebody engagement with the SonicBodyCollective (2012-2014) in collaboration with sound artist Luke Jaaniste and choreographer and new media artist James Cunningham, Lancini developed new ways forward as a creative musician and facilitative artist.

A request from the Muses piano trio to provide a short piece for their 2014 International Women's Day concert provided the context for her composition Musica Soma. A sonic rendering of the month of March 2014, Musica Soma is based on cycles: in breath/out breath, day/night, waxing/waning moon. The violin (oestrogen) and cello (progesterone) play from an annotated graph of a woman's hormonal cycle. The audience are invited to listen in a way that honours the cellular process of their 'plant bodies'.

Amongst her more recent works is megaMammal for multiple pianos with vocalists, which premiered at the Piano Mill on Easter Sunday 2018.

Lancini's qualifications include Certified Wholebody Focusing Practitioner from The International Focusing Institute (2015); BA (Music & English) from University of Queensland (1992); A Mus A (Pianoforte) from the Australian Music Examinations Board (1993) and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary Music) from Queensland University of Technology (1994).

Lynette Lancini — current to October 2018