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Colin Bright
1949 -
C. Bright
Colin Bright (28/06/1949), an Australian composer; born in Sydney, Australia. He is an important figure in the Australian music landscape. His music – often driven by sociopolitical issues – explores aspects of place, both physically and psychologically. The Wild Boys (1995), however, saw a shift towards what Bright refers to as ‘urban psychoscapes’. Using sampled voices, many of his works since this piece seek – by integrating music and voice – to project the spirit of a particular writer/poet, adding a theatrical facet to his music. He is influenced by Australian aboriginal music – especially didjeridu – but also by aspects of jazz, rock and techno, particularly in the choice of instruments, electro sounds and rhythms. Bright has achieved great success as a composer having received Fellowships from the Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council, as well as numerous commissions from Australia’s leading ensembles. His music has been performed and broadcast in twentyseven countries throughout the world.
The Last Whale
Period:21st century
Composed in:2007
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Latin mass + other texts
The Last Whale (2007) for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, clarinet, bass clarinet, vibraphone, percussion, pre-recorded CD. Lyrics include texts of the Requiem Mass alternating with extracts from scientific reports about species of whales threatened with extinction.