Thursday 1 September 2022 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Luke Howard is an Australian composer and pianist. As one of the country’s foremost practitioners of contemporary classical music, his music captivates audiences worldwide. He grew up in Melbourne and has been a pianist since childhood, first studying classical piano and later going on to graduate in jazz performance at the Victorian College of the Arts. Inspired by artists such as Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt, his music masters the art of wordless storytelling across many forms. With solo, duo and trio albums, scores for film, theatre and ballet, and countless collaborations with artists, choreographers and musicians, Howard is in demand as both a composer and performer. ‘Absolutely heavenly’ is how his music is described by BBC Radio 6 broadcaster Mary Anne Hobbs.
Howard’s albums have thrice made the Australian Music Prize longlist. The 2019 film score The Sand That Ate The Sea is APRA/AGSC award-winning and ARIA-nominated. The Luke Howard Trio was commissioned by Back to Back Theatre to score The Shadow Whose Prey The Hunter Becomes the same year.
Howard has collaborated extensively with dance, working with choreographer Juliano Nunes on pieces for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet, and Philadelphia Ballet. His music has also accompanied works by Nederlands Dans Theater, the San Francisco Ballet and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. The Grigoryan Brothers, Jess Gillam, the Orava Quartet, and Voces8 have all commissioned his works.
With a long list of international performances that includes two sold out concerts at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Howard has collaborated and performed with a diverse range of artists which includes Lior, Jeff Mills, Nadje Noordhuis, Shards, and Megan Washington. Recently, he orchestrated and co-produced an album with Numbulwar-based singer Ngulmiya Grant Nundhirribala.
In 2022 Howard released All of Us, inspired by Albert Camus’ The Plague, which was written and recorded during Melbourne’s long lockdown. He is signed to UK label Mercury KX (Decca).
N.B. There are two sittings for this event: 6:30pm & 8:15pm
Tickets are free and will be allocated by ballot.
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