Carolyn Connors (b.1962) is an Australian composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, performer, collaborator and teacher, working in the fields of contemporary music, improvisation, and theatre. Recent solo works include Pitcher at the Avantwhatever Festival at the 3RRR Performance Space (2016). What comes after love? and Pitcher were both recorded and broadcast on ABC FM in 2015. Hector and Susan, for voice and Google translate, weaves vocal extravaganza with translation technology, and was a LA15 commission which premiered at the National Gallery of Victoria for Capitalist Surrealism, Liquid Architecture 2015. Carolyn collaborates as a deviser/singer in new works. In 2016 she co-devised and performed in the award-winning Between 8 and 9 which was performed in Chengdu, China, for the signing of the sister-state relationship between Sichuan and Victoria. In 2015 she collaborated and performed The Perfect Human and Domicile by Aviva Endean; and Suite Actuality by Ad Hoc Music Collective at the Ballarat Festival of Slow Music. Carolyn performed the lead role of Miss Tinklefinger in Still Awake Still (2011-14), which premiered at the Victorian Arts Centre and toured extensively in 2014, including the New Victory Theater, New York; Fayetteville; Pittsburgh; Los Angeles; and 23 Australian venues. Her trio Hammers Lake with Judith Hamann performed at Tectonics Adelaide, Adelaide Festival 2014. Recent recognitions include The Age Melbourne Music Genre Award: Best experimental/avant garde act 2015 and the 2017 George Fairfax New Theatre Award, for Between 8 and 9.
Carolyn Connors sits down with ResBods Australia co-director Jane Sheldon to talk about her upcoming set on May 5th, 2017, at Melbourne Recital Centre. Carolyn discusses her path to the particular vocal language she’s developed since leaving behind her initial plans to be a pianist. For more information and for links to the recordings heard on this episode, please visit our Show Notes page!