2019 Creative Music Intensive


Bae Il Dong - voice (Seoul) 

Hyelim Kim - daegum (Seoul/London)

Simon Barker - percussion (Sydney)

Scott Tinkler - trumpet (Tasmania)

Vanessa Tomlinson - percussion (Brisbane)

Sunny Kim - voice (Seoul/Melbourne)

Daniel Wilfred - voice (Arnhem Land)

David Wilfred - didgeridoo (Arnhem Land)

Peter Knight - trumpet/composition (Melbourne)

Chris Hale - bass/percussion (Melbourne)

Sam Curkpatrick - musicologist (Melbourne)

Chloe Kim - translation/drums (Seoul/Sydney)

Shelley McCuaig - careers mentor (Hobart)

Jem Savage - producer/electronic music (Melbourne)

Dan Sheehan - producer/piano (Melbourne)

* faculty subject to change, and not all faculty will teach both block 1 and block 2 of the CMI

“The Creative Music Intensive expresses something fundamental about the spirit of the Australian Art Orchestra, it is about sharing ideas, developing friendships and deep musical practice. This will be our 5th year in Tarraleah and it’s the most inspiring place to dive deep into new possibilities”

- Peter Knight, Artistic Director


Biddy Connor

Callum Mintzis

Carl Polke

Christopher Lewis

Claire Cross

Emily Sanzaro

Finn Koslowski

Isaac Cavallaro

Jisu Han

Joshua Cusack

Lauren Tsamouras

Nicholas Meredith

Niki Johnson

Rory Wilson

Seonjin Choi

Solomon Frank

Stephen Hornby

Benjamin Drury

Cheryl Durongpisitkul

Gelareh Pour

Josten Myburgh

Julia Drouhin

Lucky Pereira

Matthew Clark

Mike  Parr-Burman

Pei Yeoh

2019 Creative Music Intensive
11-21 September 2019
Tarraleah, Tasmania

The Australian Art Orchestra Creative Music Intensive is an opportunity for adventurous musicians like no other. Ten days in the starkly beautiful highlands of Tasmania learning about new approaches to voice, rhythm, and musical interaction with master musicians from Arnhem Land and Seoul along with some of the most influential improvising musicians on the Australian scene. 

The 2019 Intensive builds on the previous five 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 contemporary percussionist and composer Vanessa Tomlinson from Brisbane. 

They will join us in Tarraleah in the Tasmanian Central Highlands with the wonderful with p’ansori singer Bae Il Dong (Seoul), daegum performer Hyelim Kim (Seoul/London), drummer Simon Barker, indigenous songmen Daniel Wilfred and David Wilfred (Arnhem Land), musicologist and scholar Sam Curkpatrick, drummer Chloe Kim (Seoul/Sydney), trumpeter Scott Tinkler, 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 manikay (song) and Korean traditional p’ansori. These approaches to human voice sound very different but there’s much that also links them: stories, improvisation, a focus on extreme refinement of vocal techniques, and repetitive/hypnotic rhythmic elements.

The Creative Music Intensive residency, established in 2014, is conceived to provide a unique professional development program for musicians from Tasmania, across Australia and internationally that explores the meeting of cultures and practice.

After the intensive, a series of on-site performance interventions will take place at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart on Saturday 21 September. 

More information in our FAQ Information sheet.

Expressions of interest are now open. Applications are welcome from Australian and international musicians.

Please note: a few scholarships will be made available to participants after application. Details on how to apply will be sent in an information pack after the EOI closes.

Applications closed on Sunday 14th April.

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The Creative Music Intensive was conceived upon strong and longstanding collaborative relationships, enabling a deep and trusting exploration of musical cultures. 

It was initiated in 2014 as a residency that brings together different ways of hearing and practicing music. The CMI builds on a long history of collaboration between Simon Barker and Bae Il Dong (spanning more than a decade) and the strong relationship between the Australian Art Orchestra and Yolngu songmen, Daniel and David Wilfred which has seen Crossing Roper Bar tour across Australia, Asia and Europe.

We’re very excited to continue this exciting residency and look forward to reading your expressions of interest. 


Watch a video about the 2018 Creative Music Intensive here.

Watch a video about the 2017 Creative Music Intensive here.

Watch the 2016 Creative Music Intensive video wrap up here.

Watch a video about the 2015 Creative Music Intensive here.

Watch a video about the 2014 Creative Music Intensive here.

Watch a video about the AAO's relationship with the Young Wagilak Songmen here.

Have questions about the intensive? More information in our FAQ Information sheet. Or contact Jem Savage, AAO Associate Producer by email (info@aao.com.au) or phone (+61 413 130 952).