What sparks creativity for you?
Recently I have been inspired by walks in the bush with interesting people, responding very intuitively to those experiences and seeing what music turns up in my imagination. I am also very inspired by specific performers who I work with, their personality on stage and the quality of the sounds they can make on their instruments.
Damian Barbeler is a composer and multimedia artist recognised for his lush, emotional creations inspired by textures and patterns in nature. He has composed for some of the great performers in Australia including Genevieve Lacey, Christine Anu, Dene Olding, Anna McMichael, James Morrison, Sarah Blasko, Sonja Lifschitz, Ensemble Offpsring, Jane Sheldon, James Crabb as well as symphony orchestras around the country. He twice received the ‘Recommended Work’ award at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers and was a finalist for the international Toru Takemitsu Composition Prize 2008.
In 2020 Barbeler co-curated the online “HiberNATION Festival of the Lo-fi” presenting over 100 live stream performances over 3 months, which was subsequently nominated for the 2020 “Classical Next” awards.
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