Natasha Anderson

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Natasha Anderson is an Australian composer, musician and installation artist. She makes instrumental, audiovisual and acousmatic works in a variety of forms: solo performance, notated scores, cross-platform collaboration, audiovisual installation and multi-channel diffusion. A primary interest is the creation of idiosyncratic sounds — both acoustic and electronic — that generate tension through their precise formal placement and preternatural nature. Her works variously explore intense psychoacoustic experiences, the abject and the uncanny, as well as the whiplash juxtaposition of extremes.

Her compositions have been performed throughout Europe, the USA and Australia by Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Chamber Made Opera, Vanessa Tomlinson, Scott Tinkler, Anthony Pateras, Erkki Veltheim, Judith Hamann and Jessica Azsodi. She was a featured composer for the Bionic Ear Institute's Interior Design project at the Melbourne Arts Centre in 2011, and currently holds two commissions from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra: a work for solo viola, large ensemble & electronics (Soloist/Conductor: Brett Dean) and an 8-channel sound installation.

Natasha’s collaboration with sound poet Amanda Stewart and electro-acoustic composer Jérôme Noetinger was the ABC’s 2008 entry for the International Rostrum of Composers and she co-founded the quintet Thymolphthalein, which premiered at Südwestrundfunk Baden-Baden’s 2009 New Jazz Meeting. This group went on to play major contemporary music festivals throughout Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, France and the Czech Republic from 2012-13.

Her installations have been exhibited at Musique Action (Nancy), Studio 14 (Paris), MONA FOMA (Hobart), NCCA (Darwin), NGV, Gertrude Contemporary, 45 Downstairs, Linden (Melbourne), and she has performed her electro-acoustic recorder works at The Pompidou Centre (Paris), Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (Strasbourg), Maison Folie (Mons), Festival de Musiques Innovatrices (St-Etienne), Lausanne Underground Film Festival, Gdansk Centre for Contemporary Art, Vivid Festival, Auckland Art Gallery, Liquid Architecture and the Melbourne Festival.

Natasha has worked as a composer for such theatre and dance productions as the Cate Blanchett directed Year Of Magical Thinking with Robin Nevin (STC, 2009), De Quincy Company’s The Stirring (Carriageworks, 2007) as well as for directors Lawrence Strangio and Melanie Beddie and dancer Peter Fraser.

Before her compositional work in the 2000's Natasha received a Nickson Travelling Scholarship to study at the Amsterdam Conservatorium with respected pedagogue Walter Van Hauwe (1991). Returning to Australia to work for recorder maker Fred Morgan in 1997, she went on to give the Australian premieres of major works, including Richard Rijnvos’ Zahgurim for percussion quartet and amplified bass recorder. As an ensemble soloist she performed with Libra, ELISION, and Aphids. With the latter she toured the Ricefields project throughout Japan and Europe in 1999 and Maps to Denmark in 2002.

Natasha has recorded for Editions Mego and John Zorn’s Tzadik and released her solo music through Cajid Media. In 2010 she was artist-in-residence at Montalvo Arts Center, California, and in 2014 an Australia Council Project Fellow.

Natasha holds a Master of Arts (Victoria University) focusing on confronting classical notions of Western art music as intrinsically incorporeal and transcendent through the prism of Georges Bataille’s concept of the formless. From 2010-11 she was lecturer in Performance and Composition in the School of Art at RMIT University. From 2014 she has been dividing her time between Berlin and Australia.