Caerwen Martin : Associate Artist
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Artist website: https://www.caerwenmartincomposer.com.au
Caerwen Martin writes for acoustic and amplified instruments as well as electronic-based works. Her work is usually based on the natural environment, dreams and significant emotional experiences. She uses graphic and traditional notation, and visual images such as photographs and sketches to access intuitive creativity.
She is the recipient of the inaugural Catherine Mary Sullivan Scholarship for excellence in composition, the Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship, the Sir John T Reid Bursary Fund and the Atheneaum Ensemble Prize. She has worked for large and small ensembles, dance, theatre, opera and film.
Caerwen participated in composition classes at the Victorian College of the Arts under Mark Pollard, and has been mentored by Melbourne composers Lindsay Brunsdon, Katy Abbott, Stuart Greenbaum and Brenton Broadstock. Many of her works have been performed live on radio in Australia and in Europe, and recorded and released by various ensembles such as Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, Silo String Quartet, The Song Company, Collision Theory, Speak Percussion, La Fraternita Di Solisti, Borrowed Time Trio and Naked Raven.
She has composed for and released several albums: This is where life leads us (a compilation of works from her film scores), After the Dark and Clouds (Silo String Quartet), The Traveller, a commissioned work for nonet, What We Talk About… (Silo String Quartet) and The Beauty of Now. Her works also appear on CDs released by Arcko Symponic Ensemble, Ruth Roshan, Naked Raven and Collision Theory.
Caerwen has composed four film scores: the Australian feature film lost and found, the art film Reception by James Geurts, screened at the Adelaide Biennale, Artesian - an opera commissioned by James Geurts and made into an art film with the support of the AFI, and Love Box, which won an award for best film in Romania, and One For Sorrow, an animation by Bec Readhead.
Caerwen Martin works as an arranger for popular artists such as James Henry, John Butler, Way Of the Eagle, Dan Sultan, David Hobson, Kane Alexander, Owl Eyes, Emma Hewitt, Kram, Naked Raven, Paul Snowden, Maria Forde, Dan Brodie, Sam Lawrence and Sophie Koh.
Caerwen is also a passionate educator and an ambassador for BeyondBlue.
Caerwen Martin — current to May 2017
||The Book Beneath My Bed : for mixed quintet (2019)||Commissioned by Ben Opie and Melissa Doecke of Inventi Ensemble|
|The Beauty of Now : for flute and piano (2019)||Commissioned by the Anderson family for the 80th Birthday of Angela Anderson|
|The Agony of She : solo double bass (2019)||Commissioned by Miranda Hill.|
|weightless : for solo guitar (2018)||Commissioned by University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.|
||Stars Come Out in a Midnight Sky : for string orchestra (2018)||Commissioned by HUSH Music Foundation for performance by ACO Collective.|
||Women of the earth : for mixed quintet (2018)||Commissioned by The Community of St Johns Anglican Church Of Flinders.|