As an improvising cellist, pianist and singer with a serious interest in nature and found sound percussion, my work is heavily informed by integrated artistic practices in writing, acting visual art and photography. A multidisciplinary, crossover musician working in classical, metal, pop, theatre, world, jazz, and classical gothic hardcore, I write for solo, orchestra, ensemble, choir, pedagogy, dance, theatre, film and bands. Using graphic notation and visual art practices, I create ArtScores. I collaborate with highly expressive performing artists such as The Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, ACOCollective, Ben Opie, Inventi Ensemble, SiloSQ, Timothy Phillips, ArckoSymphonic, Coady Green, Duo Eclettico, Daniel Richardson, WCCO, Ken Murray, Ensemble Three, Asha Trio, Osscicle Duo, and Miranda Hill of the legendary LGBTIQ+advocate ensemble Homophonic!
Caerwen’s compositions are broadcast and performed internationally. Caerwen is represented by the Australian Music Centre, having written for performers and ensembles such as the ACOCollective, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Arcko Symphonic, Inventi Ensemble, SiloSQ, Syzygy Ensemble, Collision Theory, Trio Tribade, Trio Denude, Speak Percussion, Trio Three, The Song Company, di Fraterniti di Solisti, Blair Harris and Caroline Almonte, Lyndon Watts, Marianne Rothschild, Miranda Hill, Dan Richardson, Ben Opie, Laila Engle, Ken Murray, Joel Brennan, Peter Dumsday, Fiona Burnett, and Brandon Ross. .
COMMISSIONS & COLLABORATIONS
Current commissions and collaborations include Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Embracing Duarte, Soloist Kalina Krusteva The Awful Truth Concerto for Cello and Virtuosic Ensemble, INVENTI ensemble, Ben Opie All the I have for solo oboe Coady Green Oceans: before us not between for solo piano, Duo Eclettico The Spell, Ossicle Duo The cooking piece, and Dan Richardson and Phoebe Green Sheoak for sheoak snare crotales and prepared viola.
Ben Opie and Phoebe Green at Tempo Rubato
Sheoak for sheaok, prepared viola, deconstructed viola and bells,
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Caerwen Martin and Kazimir Krasovskis
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Working with Australia's celebrated musicians has been a significant joy including Claire Bowditch, John Butler, Missy Higgins, Dan Sultan, Dr Lou Bennett AM, Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, Jimmy Little, James Henry, Paul Kelly, Guy Pearce, Silvie Paladino, David Hobson, Kane Alexander, Marina Prior, Naked Raven, Hugh Jackman, John Farnham, ELO, Toni Childs, Katie Noonan, Tim Freedman, Cezary Skubizewski, David Chisholm, James Hullick Bolt Ensemble, Chamber Made Opera, Skin Quartet and Aphids, as well as working freelance in professional Victorian orchestras. Caerwen is the recipient of multiple prizes and awards
SiloSQ are one of Australia's best loved contemporary string quartets. Silo has released 7 albums and has performed at the Melbourne International Jazz Festivals including headline shows with Ambrose Akinmusire (USA), The Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival, and most recently at the Adelaide International Arts Festival live to air on ABC Classic. SiloSQ features regularly on media including radio, film and television. SiloSQ tours regularly around Australia and overseas including with the celebrated UK Trombonist at Carnegie Hall NYC in 2008.
Alarra Briggs Patterson, Ceridwen Davies, Lynette Rayner, Jenny Khafagi, Caerwen Martin and Dr Lou Bennett AM at UKARIA Adelaide International Arts Festival 2023
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ArtScore notation sketch copy
KING SET for solo prepared timpani
Materials: acrylic ink on paper
Original Materials: chewed stick, ink, transparency paper, manuscript
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Caerwen Martin PhD works in graphic and alternative notation, they have produced graphic scores such as KING SET for prepared timpani (pictured) performed, filmed and recorded by Daniel Richardson, X-Ray Baby performed and recorded by Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, The Agony of She for Solo Double Bass performed and filmed by Miranda Hill, The Leaf Remains for Guitar and Cello premiered by Ken Murray and Caerwen Martin, Leaves for solo cello performed and recorded by Caerwen Martin, and Scission of the five membered ring for saxophone and flute.
Caerwen teaches composition and cello at all levels of education and has produced a body of projects that raise awareness of mental health, discrimination, chronic illness and mental health in children, neurodivergence, gender safety and equality, LGBTIQ+ awareness, family violence, and abuse survival. Caerwen is an Ambassador and Speaker for BeyondBlue.