Carolyn Connors is a Melbourne based vocalist, composer, pianist, and accordionist who creates a diverse range of new works in the fields of contemporary music and theatre. Carolyn’s vocal work expands the possibilities of the acoustic voice through the exploration and presentation of new vocal territories. In 2014 she performed over 80 performances of Still Awake Still in the USA and Australia in the lead role of Miss Ivory Tinklefinger. Performances in 2015 include two Chamber Made Opera productions: The Perfect Human, and The Chengdu Teahouse project in China; The Slow Music festival in Ballarat; Ladies in Noise in Newcastle and Sydney; and as MC for the Melbourne Seniors’ Festival at the Melbourne Town Hall. Her professional career commenced as pianist for the Lower Templestowe Calisthenics Club.
Sean Baxter is an Australian improviser from Melbourne, who is interested in exploring the percussive possibilities of sound. Focusing on the use of extended techniques applied to the conventional drumkit (both acoustically and through the manipulation of membraphonic feedback), he utilises an arsenal of metallic junk and other percussive detritus to expand the sonic palette of the percussion tradition. His performance aesthetic evokes a variety of sonic practices, ranging from extreme metal and punishing noise to free jazz and the Modernist abstraction of the classical avant garde.
Gemma Horbury is a performer, artist and educator with a passion for music that defies genre: her work shifts between technological innovation and tradition, yet is underpinned by deep connections to sustainability and developing community capacity through the arts. Gemma performs with groups including Tek Tek Ensemble, Lo-res and the Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble; and works as musical director of Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde. Gemma’s irrepressible enthusiasm for all things creative has seen her awarded for her visual art (Northern Exposure), teaching (Yamaha Jazz Spirit Award) and performance – in 2015 she was crowned Australia’s “Queen of Improvisation” – the inaugural Improv Idol.