Commissioned composers

Geoffrey Badger (composer and choral conductor) has been involved in choral music all his life: singing, conducting and composing for a variety of adult and children’s choirs. Geoffrey studied cello and piano and became interested in music pedagogy while working in the Kodaly-based Music Education Program at the Canberra School of Music. He is a widely experienced teacher of music in both primary and secondary schools, privately and in other community-based music programs and is the director and founder of the Heartsong sacred music choir, and conductor of the Bega Chamber Orchestra and Bega Valley Children’s Choir.

This commission was supported by Create NSW via their Regional Program, as part of Four Winds’ Bermagui Project

Damian Barbeler’s (composer) award-winning compositions have been performed and broadcast around the world, sung and played by leading Australian and international soloists and ensembles. He is widely recognised for his highly idiosyncratic compositional style and especially his lush, emotional sound worlds inspired by textures and patterns from nature. An enthusiastic collaborator, he often works with those working in architecture, software design, media arts and dance and his wide-ranging career has taken him to a diverse range of places from famous concert halls to biscuit factories, boardrooms and far-flung parts of regional Australia.

This commission has been supported by private donors who are interested in new music and the environment.

Gerard Brophy (composer) began his studies in the classical guitar at the age of 22 and in the late 1970s he worked with Brazilian guitarist Turibio Santos and the Argentine composer Mauricio Kagel before studying composition at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music. Over his long career, he has been commissioned and performed by some of the world’s leading ensembles and orchestras and has developed an express interest in collaborating with artists from other disciplines (dance and theatre) and other cultures, among them the great Senegalese master drummers, the N’Diaye Rose family, timbila virtuoso Venancio Mbande from Mozambique and Balinese gamelan players.

Timothy Geller (composer) was born in the USA and studied music (bassoon) at Colorado State and Canterbury Universities and composition at the Cleveland Institute and Southern Methodist University, prior to completing composition fellowships at Princeton University and Tanglewood Festival. Major works include Prayer for Mandela, performed for Nelson Mandela during his 1990 US tour, and To a Dancing God, which won the 1998 Alberto Ginastera International Composers Competition. Timothy’s other passion is creating sustainable and affordable housing communities in Western Massachusetts.

David Hewitt (composer and percussionist) has been involved in new and highly original music and performance making in Australia for over 20 years, most notably as a founding member of Taikoz and founder of the Bega-based Stonewave Taiko, with Synergy Percussion and with his internationally acclaimed, category-defying outfit The Spaghetti Western Orchestra (SWO). As part of the SWO creative team he has developed and performed works such as The Session and Chamber Made Opera’s Phobia. As musical director of The Old Van Theatre Company David has worked with remote, regional and indigenous communities developing new site-specific theatre works including The Seal Wife and The Life and Deaths of Don Koyote.

This commission was supported by Create NSW via their Regional Program, as part of Four Winds’ Bermagui Project