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Damien Ricketson : Represented Artist

Much of my work explores creative responses to the poetics of incomplete knowledge and broken modes of communication.

Random Audio Sample: Same steps : solo clarinet & any combination of violin, cello, electric guitar, accordion & optional auxiliary instruments by Damien Ricketson, from the CD Springtime


Photo of Damien Ricketson

Photo: Martin Brady

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

Studied with

Bozidar Kos (1992 - 1995)

Richard Toop (1992 - 1995)

Martin Wesley-Smith (1992 - 1995)

Louis Andriessen (1996 - 1998)

 

Collaborated with

Ensemble Offspring (1995 - 2015)

Claire Edwardes

Matthew Shlomowitz

 

Teacher/Influence on

Huw Belling (2004 - 2006)

Cameron Lam (2007 - 2010)

Jack Symonds (2008 - 2009)

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Seated Backwards (solo piano) Commissioned by Alex Raineri for Bloodpaths
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’
Digital sheet music sample The Day after Drowning : an echo on Satie’s Gnossienne No.1 (2016) Commissioned by Zubin Kanga.
Digital sheet music sample Rendition clinic : for three percussionists and strobe lights (2015) Commissioned by Speak Percussion.
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
Digital sheet music sample Not By Halves : for four sustaining instruments (2015) Commissioned by Musify+Gamify

Analysis & Media

- Article: Sound of music for Sunday's silent stars

- Program note: Six Song Fragments

- Review: The Song Company 18 October 1992

- Program note: Shoal

- Review: The Song Company Cage Uncaged 15 September 2007