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General Opportunity

2020 Creative Music Intensive

  • Deadline date: 2 Aug 2020 [Delivery Deadline] — Visit our current Opportunities for upcoming competitions, workshops and more.
  • Date held: 25 Nov - 04 Dec 2020
  • Location: Seacroft Estate, Great Ocean Road (VIC), Australia


Further Details

The Australian Art Orchestra Creative Music Intensive is an opportunity for adventurous musicians like no other. Ten days on 15 acres overlooking the Great Ocean Road learning about new approaches to voice, rhythm, and musical interaction with some of the most influential improvising musicians on the Australian scene.

The 2020 Intensive builds on the previous six intensives with a continued focus on Arnhem Land manikay (song) and Korean approaches to melody and rhythm.* In addition to the regular faculty, we are excited to welcome leading Australian contemporary pianist and composer Andrea Keller and vocalist Te Kahureremoa Taumata from New Zealand / Aotearoa.*

They will join us at the historic Seacroft Estate with the wonderful with drummer Simon Barker, indigenous songmen Daniel Wilfred and David Wilfred (Arnhem Land), vocalist Sunny Kim, bassist Christopher Hale, and Australian Art Orchestra artistic director, Peter Knight.*

The ten-day practice-based residency is made up of daily lectures, small ensemble workshops and open group practical sessions bringing together the extraordinary cultural traditions of Arnhem Land and Korea with contemporary art music approaches to improvisation.

On the final day of the intensive, Thursday 3 December, an on-site performance event will take place at the Seacroft Estate.

More information in our FAQ Information sheet via the opportunity website.

Please note: The Australian Art Orchestra acknowledges that this year’s CMI takes place amidst a period of great uncertainty. The AAO is announcing this event mid-July wishing to provide something positive to look forward to, and trusting that the situation will have improved 4 months from now, by the end of November. At the same time, however, we acknowledge that the situation remains unpredictable and plans might have to be amended later on. To create a safe environment at the event, after the current lockdown period ends, we will limit the number of participants to the CMI and make sure all Health & Safety protocols are strictly observed , in full compliance with all government regulations. In recognition of the financial distress many artists have faced, the AAO will also grant the majority of participants with some level of financial support through the allocation of scholarships. As part of the application process, applicants can indicate the level of support they’d like to request. If you have any concerns in regard to any of these topics, these can be communicated to info@aao.com.au.

The CMI will be subject and responsive to statewide restrictions relating to COIVD-19 health and safety precautions as they develop. 

Applications close on Sunday 2 August.

Expressions of Interest are now open. We encourage musicians from all backgrounds to apply, and welcome in particular EOI’s from Indigenous Australians and musicians of non-Western backgrounds. We also promote diversity in our group in regard to gender identity and different abilities. Applications are welcome from both Victoria-based and interstate applicants.



Andrea is an improvising pianist and composer dedicated to the performance and creation of contemporary jazz and improvised music. She has devised and produced a multitude of projects, ranging from solo to large ensembles steeped in both jazz and Western art music traditions. Her projects focus on the creation of new music with an emphasis on improvisation, collaboration, and other media.


Te Kahureremoa Taumata is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, singer, composer, storyteller, tāonga pūoro practitioner, visual artist and video maker based in Te Whanga-nui-ā-Tara (Wellington).

Te Kahureremoa has spent many years carving out her own space as an indigenous musician with a diverse range of skills and unique style performing under the alias 'Ladyfruit'. The music is the expression of her world as well a response to mainstream pop music's vapid values, fusing dreamy vocals and layered lyrics with electronic and ancient instruments bringing Ladyfruit's musical style to life. Te Kahureremoa also makes music under her given name, following her passion for her indigenous identity with love for languages, te reo pūoro and te reo Māori.


Simon Barker is a percussionist and lecturer in Jazz Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In addition to his numerous solo performances and recordings, Simon co-leads several internationally recognised collaborative ensembles including Trace Sphere, Chiri, Showa 44, and Band of Five Names. Simon also performs with many of Australia’s most established ensembles including the Matt McMahon trio, the Phil Slater Quartet, and several groups led by Scott Tinkler.


Sunny grew up in Seoul and studied at New England Conservatory in Boston before relocating to New York where she lived for ten years developing a stellar career with the likes of Ben Monder and the late great Roswell Rudd. Sunny has been part of the CMI ‘family’ since 2016, and in 2018 relocated to Melbourne to take up a position as Lecturer in Music at University of Melbourne.


David and Daniel Wilfred  are leaders in the performance of Wägilak manikay or song series and dance. The men are based in Ngukurr, Northern Territory, from where they travel to outlying regions performing their roles in various ceremonial functions. David and Daniel have collaborated with the AAO on numerous projects over the last 15 years and have shared their songs and culture as part of the Creative Music Intensive since 2016.


Peter is the artistic director of the Australian Art Orchestra. Perpetually curious, his practice exists in the spaces between categories, between genres, and between cultures.

As AD of the AAO, Peter has emerged as a significant international force in contemporary music through presentations of his own music with the Orchestra as well as through the initiation of commissions, collaborations, and performances with a diverse range of artists including recently: Anthony Braxton (USA), Nicole Lizée (Canada), Amir ElSaffar (USA), Daniel Wilfred (Arnhem Land), Hyelim Kim (UK/Korea), Baliphonics (Sri Lanka), and Alvin Lucier (USA).


Christopher is one of the most distinctive musicians in Australian improvised music and is widely recognised as one the country’s foremost exponents of the bass guitar. He too has made a serious study of Korean music and has developed his own approach to Korean hohup that forms an important component of the Creative Music Intensive, which begins each day with a hohup rhythm session.


Jem is a musician, producer and sound engineer based in Melbourne. His performances effortlessly blend live processing, looping and interactive visuals with his highly developed instrumental and vocal techniques. As an audio engineer for contemporary and experimental music Jem combines keen musical literacy with wide-ranging experience and practical know-how to fulfil the needs of the most technically demanding projects. Jem has worked for the AAO as producer, audio engineer, sound designer, arranger, and musician for several years.

Have questions about the intensive? More information in our FAQ Information sheet. Or contact Jem Savage, AAO Associate Producer via info@aao.com.au.

* faculty list subject to changes and adaptation in line with current state health and safety guidelines.

Website: https://www.aao.com.au/2020-creative-music-intensive/


Contact: Jem Savage, AAO Associate Producer, Australian Art Orchestra

Mailing Address: Resident Company @ The Substation, 1 Market St Newport, VIC 3015 Australia

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