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Caitlin Rowley : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Shimmer (solo piano) by Caitlin Rowley, from the CD Hammered

Photo of Caitlin Rowley

Photo: John Mackerras

Artist website: http://caitlinrowley.com

Caitlin Rowley (b. 1973, Sydney) is a composer and sound artist based in the UK. Her work often addresses questions of memory, aural imagination, visual/auditory disconnect and private compositional spaces. She works in a range of media, including conventionally notated music for instruments and voices, text scores, mixed media and art prints. Rowley's compositions often combined multiple media in a single work, such as the experimental song cycle Crossing Dartmoor, which includes video, field recordings and text scores alongside conventionally notated songs.

Rowley's work has been performed or exhibited in venues including Kings Place, the Barbican, Brisbane Powerhouse, Blackheath Halls, Morley Gallery, and the Proud Archivist Gallery Café, and at festivals in Australia, Norway and the UK. Performers have included Topology, Australian pianist Jeanell Carrigan, and noted British soprano Jane Manning, with recent commissions from the Angel Orchestra, singer Simon Oliver Marsh, pianist Alexandra Kremakova and the Closet Music Project.

Rowley studied composition at the University of Sydney with Peter Sculthorpe and Eric Gross for her Bachelor of Music degree, and screen composition with Jan Preston at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She studied for her Master's degree in Composition (MFA Creative Practice (Music)) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where her teachers included Errollyn Wallen MBE, Paul Newland, Stephen Montague, Dominic Murcott and Sam Hayden. After graduating from Trinity Laban with Distinction in 2014, she attended classes in Sound Art and Field Recording at Morley College, London. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Design with Distinction from University of Technology, Sydney, and has studied drawing at Central St Martin's college of art in London.

Also an independent music academic, Rowley's work on Erik Satie, which began during the 1990s, is published online as Erik Satie's Crystal Ball, and has been recommended as a research resource by Ivy League universities and the NSW Government's HSC Online website. She also writes less formally about the creative process and the role of fear in creativity on her blog.

Caitlin Rowley works freelance as a composer, performer, producer and website designer/developer. She is a resident composer with the South London cross-arts collective Bastard Assignments, for whom she regularly creates new experimental music and art pieces.

Caitlin Rowley — current to April 2016

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Crossing Dartmoor : tenor voice with piano (2015) Commissioned by Simon Oliver Marsh.
Digital sheet music sample Drowning songs : for chamber choir (2014) Commissioned by Trinity Laban Chamber Choir.