Damien Ricketson : Represented Artist
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Photo: Martin Brady
Artist website: http://www.curiousnoise.com
Artist website: http://sydney.edu.au/music/staff-profiles/damien.ricketson.php
Damien is a Sydney-based composer, artistic director and academic. Seeking a music for the body rather than the brain, his work is characterised by unusual instrumentations, open forms and is often multisensory in nature integrating sound with other media.
From 1995-2015 Ricketson was the co-founder and Co-Artistic Director Ensemble Offspring, a unique arts company dedicated to adventurous new music through whom much of his music has been performed. From 2015-2019 he was the Program Leader of Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.
Ricketson completed a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium where he studied with composers such as Bozidar Kos, Richard Toop and Martin Wesley-Smith prior to studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with renowned Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. He holds a PhD from the University of Sydney where he currently teaches.
Many of Ricketson's more substantial works have been show-length staged productions including: The Howling Girls (2018), an opera co-created with director Adena Jacobs exploring trauma and the voice presented by Sydney Chamber Opera; The Secret Noise (2014), a hybrid music-dance work; and Fractured Again (2010), a multimedia production both presented by Ensemble Offspring.
Ricketson has received awards including the international Music Theatre Now Prize (2018) and 'Vocal/Choral Work of the Year' in the 2019 Art Music Awards for The Howling Girls, as well as the 'Instrumental Work of the Year' in the 2015 Art Music Awards for The Secret Noise. His works have featured in the Sydney and Melbourne festivals, toured repeatedly to China and represented 'Oceania' in the Tokyo Festival.
Damien Ricketson — current to January 2020
Bozidar Kos (1992 - 1995)
Richard Toop (1992 - 1995)
Martin Wesley-Smith (1992 - 1995)
Louis Andriessen (1996 - 1998)
Ensemble Offspring (1995 - 2015)
Awards & Prizes
|2019||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral||Winner||The Howling Girls|
|2015||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental||Winner||The Secret noise|
|2011||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental||Finalist||Fractured again|
|2006||Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize||Highly Commended||A line has two|
|The Secret noise : chamber ensemble||Created with support from the Australia Council for the Arts (music & dance initiative), the City of Sydney and Ensemble Offspring’s ‘Noisy Egg Creation Fund’|
|Seated Backwards (piano with pre-recorded sound) (2019)||Commissioned by Alex Raineri for Bloodpaths|
|Borderlines : clarinet solo (2019)||Borderlines was commissioned by Ensemble Offspring with the generous support of Ensemble Offspring's Noisy Egg Creation Fund for Jason Noble.|
|The Howling Girls : opera for soprano, teenage chorus and electronics (2018)||Commissioned by Sydney Chamber Opera, Carriageworks.|
|The Day after Drowning : an echo on Satie’s Gnossienne No.1 (2016)||Commissioned by Zubin Kanga.|
|Pipe Dreams Green (site specific live performance) (2015)||Commissioned by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre for the Way Out West Festival for Children 2015, Sydney Performed by Ensemble Offspring|