Padma Newsome will be talking about "song", covering material from his recent release, The Vanity of Trees and a plethora of collaborations including: The National, Shara Nova of My Brightest Diamond, Daniel Helin, Clogs, Heliand, Dual Aura and community music.
Padma Newsome is a composer, performer, and recording artist, born in Alice Springs, Australia in 1961. He trained as a concert violist in Sydney, touring throughout Australia, China and the Pacific. In the mid 1980’s, he left classical performance to spend six years on an ashram in New South Wales where he taught yoga and studied Indian classical music under Pundit Ashok Roy. Newsome began formal studies in composition in the 1990’s at the University of Adelaide and continued at Yale University on a Fulbright scholarship where he studied under Dr Joseph Schwantner and Dr Martin Bresnick.
His musical palette expresses colors of the modernist avant-garde, folk music from India and chamber music remnants along with energy of the pop/rock world. He composes for traditional large and small ensemble, the electro-acoustic medium, improvised chamber ensemble and music for dance, theatre and film. His primary recent collaborations have been with the Indie rock band, The National, improvised chamber ensemble, Clogs, and Vermont based chamber ensemble,The Heliand Ensemble.
In November, 2018, Padma Newsome released " The Vanity of Trees" his first solo album, and "le creature new giardino di lady Walton" for 6 bass clarinets, freaturing Sue Newsome. He is currently working on a recording of his new work, "The Danes of Poowong East". with Baroque specialists Dual Aura: comprising Ben Dollman, and Monica Schmidt-Andersen, and a new Clogs record featuring music from Newsome's Pablo Neruda set, and from his P'opera, "2 Moon Smile".
Padma resides in Mallacoota, Australia, where he mentors, teaches, conducts the Mallacoota Choir and is a leading light for regional community music projects. His music is released through Brassland Records, New Amsterdam Records, and the Beggars Group.