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Percussion Perspectives Podcast

A podcast for students and young professionals in music who wish to expand their career perspectives

Hello, and welcome to our podcast, which features professional artists, performers and researchers, primarily from the field of music, talking about their practice. Our idea with this series is to reach out to music stud
Latest Episode11/7/2022

Percussion Perspectives ep. 18: Vanessa Tomlinson (Percussionist, Artistic Director, Researcher, Composer)

Ep. 18
Vanessa is a percussive artist dedicated to exploring how sound shapes our lives, awakening our ears to new sounds, in new spaces, with the hope that attentive listening will lead to attentive custodianship of place. With a long history in experimental music, Vanessa uses this body of knowledge to consider how we listen through site-specific explorations and collaborations. Trained as a percussionist in Australia, Germany and the USA, Vanessa relies on this sonic investigation of objects to build compositions, create contexts for improvisation, interpret the voices of other composers and collaborate across art-forms and disciplines. She has toured the world for 25 years, premiering over 100 works by significant national and international composers, presenting work at major international festivals, and collaborating with improvisers, dancers, artists and more. Key projects include The Immersive Guitar (with Karin Schaupp at Curiocity Brisbane), The Piano Mill (a purpose built structure in the Australian bush), Sounding the Condamine (examining the history of the Condamine Bell in outback Queensland), Water Pushes Sand (examining intersections between Sichuan Opera and improvisational practices with Australian Art Orchestra), Sonic Dreams (a series of compositions about extinct and imaginary sounds) and Here and Now (her first book, examining approaches to music making in an Australian context).  She studied at the University of Adelaide, Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg and received her Masters and Doctorate from the University of California, San Diego where she worked closely with Steven Schick and George Lewis. In addition Vanessa has studied Sichuan Opera with Master Zhong Kaichi in Chengdu, China. She has been on the faculty of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music for 18 years, transforming the field of percussion in Australia, helping to define the field of Artistic Practice in music internationally, and pioneering the performer/composer, interpreter/improviser pathway for students. She is currently Director of Creative Arts Research Institute at Griffith University where she continues to drive research projects that help define the agenda for performing artists in the academy.The episode includes sounds from Excerpt from Lonely Hearts Pandemic Bandhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaqzLu_AhuQ&list=PLM-eAZLeWDtlmg4hRNW0DKuJKt-aAHfWEand Vibrations in a landscape by Vanessa Tomlison and Erik GriswoldPerformed at The Piano Mill with students from BaDaBoom Percussion (Queensland Conservatorium Percussion Department)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ed8VKVq5wwSolo tamtam https://room40.bandcamp.com/album/the-space-insideFound object masterclasshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXS67tbHC74Playing vibraphonehttps://vimeo.com/331963991
11/7/2022

Percussion Perspectives ep. 18: Vanessa Tomlinson (Percussionist, Artistic Director, Researcher, Composer)

Ep. 18
Vanessa is a percussive artist dedicated to exploring how sound shapes our lives, awakening our ears to new sounds, in new spaces, with the hope that attentive listening will lead to attentive custodianship of place. With a long history in experimental music, Vanessa uses this body of knowledge to consider how we listen through site-specific explorations and collaborations. Trained as a percussionist in Australia, Germany and the USA, Vanessa relies on this sonic investigation of objects to build compositions, create contexts for improvisation, interpret the voices of other composers and collaborate across art-forms and disciplines. She has toured the world for 25 years, premiering over 100 works by significant national and international composers, presenting work at major international festivals, and collaborating with improvisers, dancers, artists and more. Key projects include The Immersive Guitar (with Karin Schaupp at Curiocity Brisbane), The Piano Mill (a purpose built structure in the Australian bush), Sounding the Condamine (examining the history of the Condamine Bell in outback Queensland), Water Pushes Sand (examining intersections between Sichuan Opera and improvisational practices with Australian Art Orchestra), Sonic Dreams (a series of compositions about extinct and imaginary sounds) and Here and Now (her first book, examining approaches to music making in an Australian context).  She studied at the University of Adelaide, Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg and received her Masters and Doctorate from the University of California, San Diego where she worked closely with Steven Schick and George Lewis. In addition Vanessa has studied Sichuan Opera with Master Zhong Kaichi in Chengdu, China. She has been on the faculty of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music for 18 years, transforming the field of percussion in Australia, helping to define the field of Artistic Practice in music internationally, and pioneering the performer/composer, interpreter/improviser pathway for students. She is currently Director of Creative Arts Research Institute at Griffith University where she continues to drive research projects that help define the agenda for performing artists in the academy.The episode includes sounds from Excerpt from Lonely Hearts Pandemic Bandhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaqzLu_AhuQ&list=PLM-eAZLeWDtlmg4hRNW0DKuJKt-aAHfWEand Vibrations in a landscape by Vanessa Tomlison and Erik GriswoldPerformed at The Piano Mill with students from BaDaBoom Percussion (Queensland Conservatorium Percussion Department)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ed8VKVq5wwSolo tamtam https://room40.bandcamp.com/album/the-space-insideFound object masterclasshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXS67tbHC74Playing vibraphonehttps://vimeo.com/331963991