Cathy Milliken: Composition and Collaboration: an investigation of collaborative musical practice through the lens of the composer (Intercultural Communication through Practice). Wednesday 20 February, 12-2pm, CM107.

The purpose of this seminar is to investigate various ways in which composers engage in collaborative, creative musical processes with others. I shall introduce three projects, each placed in different cultural contexts. I will touch on more general considerations such as democratic musical practices and shared authorship as well as specifics relating to intercultural creative musical practice. 

Cathy Milliken studied in Australia, majoring in performance (piano and oboe). A founding member of Ensemble Modern, Germany, she has worked with musicians such as György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez, Fred Frith and Frank Zappa. She also formed HCD Productions with colleagues Dietmar Wiesner and Hermann Kretzschmar. She has composed for concert, opera, radio, film and commissioners include: South Bank Centre London , the Staatsoper Berlin and Musica Viva of Bayrischer Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchestra.

Cathy is well known for her outreach and collaborative creative projects. International participatory compositions and projects include for Umculo Festival, South Africa, Future Labo, Japan or Berliner Philharmoniker, Germany, Klangspuren Festival, North Tyrol and Münchener Biennale, Munich. She is a recipient of “Prix Italia” with Dietmar Wiesner for “Bunyah”, “Prix Marulic”,“Deutscher Kritiker Preis” and the 2016 Australian ArtMusic Award for an orchestral work as well as being a finalist for the 2017 Mario Merz award and the Paul Lowin Award for an orchestral composition. She was until recently, head of Education for the Berlin Philharmonic and will be Associate Composer of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra for the Seasons 2018-2020.She lives in Berlin as a freelance composer, performer and creative director and is currently a doctoral candidate at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.    

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