The composer, Caitlin Rowley

Photo of Caitlin Rowley by John Mackerras

Photo: John Mackerras

Australian-born composer Caitlin Rowley’s work explores the boundaries of music, art and text, often combining several media in a single work. Much of her recent work is experimental and interdisciplinary, and encompasses artworks, video and performance art as well as conventionally notated music. She works regularly with the London-based cross-arts collective Bastard Assignments as a composer, artist and performer of experimental music.

Caitlin’s music has been performed at venues including Kings Place, the Barbican, Cutty Sark and the Brisbane Powerhouse, and her series of experimental vocal works in the form of fine art prints, parksong, was recently selected for The Engine Room’s international sound art competition exhibition at Morley College. Recent commissions have included Breadcrumbs (2013) for soprano Julia Weatherley, Drowning Songs (2014) for Trinity Laban Chamber Choir, and Adjacent/Harmonious (2014) for The Angel Orchestra.

Caitlin studied composition with Peter Sculthorpe at the University of Sydney, and screen composition with Jan Preston at the Australian Film Television and Radio School before undertaking a degree in design focused on New Media. Since moving to the UK in 2005, she has continued her composition studies and recently became the first composer to graduate from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance’s Master of Fine Arts Creative Practice (Music) course. Her composition teachers at Trinity Laban included Errollyn Wallen MBE, Paul Newland and Stephen Montague and she also took lessons in vocal technique and writing for voices with Omar Ebrahim and Peter Knapp. Since graduating, she has developed her skills in the area of electroacoustic music, studying field recording and soundscape composition with Sherry Ostapovitch and sound art with Camilo Salazar.

Much of her music has been influenced by the visual arts and she has created compositions which respond to the work of artists including Wassily Kandinsky, Cy Twombly and Ansel Adams. She has created several works which have been influenced by Richard Long’s creative practice, including Drowning Songs, parksong and HearSee as well as Crossing Dartmoor.

Discover more of Caitlin’s work on her website,