Creative Music Intensive

Bae Il Dong - voice (Seoul) 

Scott Tinkler - trumpet (Tasmania)

Vanessa Tomlinson - percussion (Brisbane)

Sunny Kim - voice (Seoul/Melbourne)

Koh Myungjin - percussion (Seoul)

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 (Geelong)

Dan Sheehan - producer/piano (Melbourne)

"The opportunities that exist in Australia for dialogues with Asian cultures are among the most exciting prospects for Australian musicians. Improvised practice, which is at the core of the AAO, is an ideal platform for facilitating these dialogues. This residency is conceived to extend the role of the AAO as a central player in the fostering of cross-cultural links with Asia."

- Peter Knight, Artistic Director

2018 Creative Music Intensive - 9-21st September


The 2018 Intensive builds on 2016-17 with a continued focus on Arnhem Land manikay (song) and Korean approaches to melody and rhythm. In addition to the regular faculty, we are expanding our focus on female artists with percussionist and AAO-collaborator Vanessa Tomlinson and the Korean performer Ko Myungjin.  

They will join us in Tarraleah in the Tasmanian Central Highlands with the wonderful trumpeter Scott Tinkler, p’ansori singer Bae Il Dong (Seoul), vocal artist Sunny Kim (Seoul/Melbourne), Daniel Wilfredand David Wilfred from Arnhem Land, musicologist and scholar, Sam Curkpatrick, drummer Chloe Kim (Seoul/Sydney), bassist Christopher Hale, and Australian Art Orchestra artistic director, Peter Knight.

The twelve-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 is 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.

History of the Collaboration

The 2016 Creative Music Intensive was conceived upon strong and longstanding collaborative relationships, enabling a deep and trusting exploration of musical cultures. Simon Barker and Bae Il Dong's unique collaboration has spanned more than a decade, with numerous presentations of 'Chiri' (a trio with Scott Tinkler) culminating in the 2014 premiere of The Return of Spring with the full Australian Art Orchestra. The AAO's friendship with Daniel and David Wilfred also reaches back more than a decade and has seen the Crossing Roper Bar project tour across Australia, Asia and Europe.

Download the 2018 participant EOI form here.

Watch the 2016 Creative Music Intensive video wrap up here.

Listen to a podcast about the 2016 CMI, produced by Toby Frost at ABC Classic FM 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.