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Anthony Pateras : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Hypnagogics : percussion by Anthony Pateras, from the CD Agglomeration Of Measurement

Photo of Anthony Pateras

Photo: Foto Kotti

Anthony Pateras (b.1979) is a composer, pianist & electroacoustic musician active since the late 90s. Alongside writing concert works, he performs in electronic, improvised & experimental rock configurations, and composes soundtracks for cinema.

His work has been recognized through the Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship (2020), residencies at La Becque (2019), Akademie Schloss Solitude (2018) and Montalvo Arts Center (2010), fellowships from Creative Victoria (2018-19) & the Ian Potter Foundation (2007) & two nominations at the UNESCO Rostrum of Composers (2004, 2011). He is a joint recipient of the ZKM Giga-Hertz Produktionspreise (2017) and is a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow (2014).

Performers of his music include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC, Toronto & Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Brett Dean, International Contemporary Ensemble, Thomas Gould, Golden Fur & Jess Aszodi. Pateras' commissions include INA-GRM, Radio France, Südwestrundfunk, Australian Chamber Orchestra (Sydney), ensemble]h[iatus (La Creuse), Muzzix (Lille), Lampo (Chicago), Sonoscopia (Porto), Kitchen Orchestra (Stavanger), the Astra Chamber Music Society (Melbourne) & Silvia Tarozzi/Deborah Walker (Emilia-Romagna).

Specific commissions include A Dread Of Voids (Festival Archipel, Geneva, 2021), Syncopes (Centro di Musica, Modena, 2020), Mécanique Céleste (A&F Architectes, Yverdons-Les-Bains, 2020) & Pseudacusis (Musica Sanae Festival: Naples, Sokołowsko, Berlin, 2019).

Anthony has written many orchestral percussion works. His early solos Hypnagogics & Mutant Theatre are widely performed, and numerous ensemble pieces commissioned and/or performed by Sinfonieorchester Basel, Eklekto, Synergy, Speak, Percussion Group The Hague, Vanessa Tomlinson, Diego Espinosa & Third Coast Percussion/Timothy Munro. His most recent is the percussion/prepared piano quintet Chronotope, performed with Drumming Grupo de Percussão (Lisbon & Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2023).

Since 2012, Pateras has worked on an ongoing cycle of solo/tape assemblies that blur recorded & performed sonic realities, many of which he toured across Australia & Europe in 2023 with his ensemble A Dread Of Voids and the soloists Callum G'Froerer & Clara La Licata. Featured recently at the 2023 Perth Festival, Sacrum Profanum (Kraków, 2022) & Klangspuren (Schwaz, 2021), he has personally presented his music at over 75 international festivals.

In text and film, he adapted Sasha Soldatow & Christos Tsiolkas' Jump Cuts with James Rushford (De Layer, 2018-2020), provided the soundtrack for The Man Who Disappeared by Sylvère Lotringer (Anthology Film Archives, 2015), and co-created Another Other, a re-imagining of Bergman's Persona with Natasha Anderson, Sabina Maselli & Erkki Veltheim (Punctum/Chamber Made, 2014). He has also worked with directors Ben Hackworth & Pia Borg, his scores for their respective early shorts Martin Four & Footnote screening at Cannes (2001, 2004).

In visual art, Pateras was invited by LABOUR as soloist for the opening of The Garden of Earthly Delights at Martin-Gropuis-Bau (Berlin, 2019) & commissioned by the National Gallery of Lithuania to compose for the closing of The World According to Fluxus (Vilnius, 2015). His first concerts outside Australia were with Slave Pianos for ¡¡Emancipate the Dissonance!! at Lombard-Freid Fine Arts (New York, 1999), and he has since performed at galleries such as Centre Pompidou (Paris), Kunstinstituut Melly (Rotterdam), Foundaçao Serralves (Porto), Henie Onstad (Oslo) and La Musée d'Art Modern et Contemporain de Strasbourg.

He has recently collaborated with the Swiss artist Yves Netzhammer, providing sound for his solo show Zwei kühle Zwergelefanten fressen Einfühlungsüberschuss mit Pfirsicharoma at Haus Konstruktiv (Zürich, 2022), as well as scoring his debut animated feature Reise der Schatten (forthcoming, 2024).

Performing & recording in multiple bands such as Pateras/Baxter/Brown, PIVIXKI, Thymolphthalein, North Of North & Beta Erko, his latest is Sulla Lingua with Italian musicians Stefano Pilia (baritone guitar) & Riccardo La Foresta (drums), whose debut album ON will be released on Improved Sequence in 2024.

Other ongoing collaborations include violinist Erkki Veltheim, electroacoustic musician Jérôme Noetinger, guitarist Stephen O'Malley & the composers Anthony Burr & Rohan Drape. Pateras' tētēma project with vocalist Mike Patton headlined Mona Foma 2017, and he featured on pipe organ for Sunn O)))'s 2019 release Life Metal.

He has also made work with Chris Abrahams, eRikm, Valerio Tricoli (as Astral Colonels), Marco Fusinato (as Poletopra) & had improvised duo meetings with drummers Han Bennink (Melbourne Jazz Festival), Paul Lovens (Musica Genera, Szczecin), Lê Quan Ninh (Total Music Meeting, Berlin) & Steve Noble (London Contemporary Music Festival).

In 2023 he released four albums on Another Timbre (Sheffield), Shelter Press/La Becque (Paris/Vevey), Penultimate Press (Berlin/London) & Futura Resistenza (Brussels). Overall he has published over 45 releases on Tzadik (New York), Editions Mego (Vienna), Ipecac (San Francisco), Cave12 (Geneva) and from 2012-19 produced & edited the Immediata text/music project. His work has also appeared on Blank Forms (New York), Touch (London) & Southern Lord (Los Angeles).

Founding & curating the Articulating Space concert series & festival (Melbourne, 2001-2006), and the Melbourne International Biennale Of Exploratory Music (2008), both were extensively recorded & broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Pateras finished his Bachelor of Music at LaTrobe (1999), then completing a Masters & PhD at Monash (2002, 2008). He has taught composition at the Victorian College of The Arts, Edith Cowan University & Sydney Conservatorium, and given guest lectures at CalArts, Northwestern & UCSD. In 2010, he was composer-in-residence at The Australian National Academy of Music.

His postgraduate theses focused on nexuses of composition, improvisation & electronics, constituents which continue to renew and recombine in his current practice.

Anthony Pateras — current to November 2023

Teacher/Influence on

Michael Bakrnčev

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2012 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Finalist Flesh & Ghost
2007 Ian Potter Music Commission Emerging Composer
2004 International Rostrum of Composers Recommended Work Chromatophore

Analysis & Media

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