Graeme studied piano and percussion in Sydney, New York and Melbourne. Career highlights include playing as a soloist for Olivier Messiaen in 1988; premiering over 100 newly commissioned solo and ensemble works through the 90s; and performing for a decade with the Spaghetti Western Orchestra, including tours to Montreal Jazz Festival and a BBC Proms Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Graeme’s compositions explore and challenge notions of high and low art. He has written pieces that work equally well in comedy rooms and concert halls. Since he began composing in high school he has written over 50 works for instruments and voices, including commissions for the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2013 Canberra Centenary.
Graeme’s pieces often involve a mix of composing, instrument making, rehearsing and workshopping with groups of all ages, skill levels and from all walks of life. In 2012, he created ‘Raising the Roof’ for Arts Centre Melbourne, a community event that brought together over 300 musicians with a part for the audience in the Finale. A committed educator and workshop leader, Graeme believes participating in music can bring about positive social change, especially when it’s simple, direct and joyous.
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Sat 29 June, 2.30pm, Waid Academy Atrium | £17 / £13 / £5 | Approx. 65 mins
Colin Currie Quartet with massed percussionists of the East Neuk
STEVE REICH Mallet Quartet | KEVIN VOLANS Four Marimbas | STEVE REICHDrumming Part 1 | GRAEME LEAK Sea Interludes
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