Research Seminar: Assoc. Prof. Kim Cunio

Kim Cunio
Associate Professor Kim Cunio

Bearing witness and music composition

“Artistic practice research offers great potential for artists who work in educational settings to maintain their subjectivity while writing in academic contexts. In this article I wish to explore how the process of ‘bearing witness’ has influenced my artistic practice research and composition with examples drawn from three works, Garden and Cosmos, Piano Games and Rising. This seminar argues that artistic practice research can include a process of bearing witness to the inner self that inspires the processes of music composition and ethnographic response.” 

Dr Kim Cunio has studied with a number of Australia’s finest musicians including Australian composer Nigel Butterly, conductor and producer Eric Clapham, and Jazz guitar legend Ike Isaacs. Kim is an accomplished researching composer and performer and was awarded an ABC Golden Manuscript Award in recognition of his work with traditional music. Kim can write in many mediums from full scoring for opera or music theatre, orchestra, traditional ensembles, or in modern contexts using sound design and samples. Kim has also provided music for many installations and outdoor events including working to picture and live visuals with large ensembles and choirs. Many of Kim’s commissions have a serious research component, where he combines anthropological work with transcription. Kim takes the position of being a participant observer in such work; and is part of an international push to preserve the dying art of Eastern Jewish (mizrachi) music.

Limited number of seats available in this Research Seminar, for the public (seats will be automatically reserved for School of Music students who attend research seminars for coursework). Public RSVP via this EventBrite listing.

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