Hometown: Melbourne Australia
Web site: http://www.sunwrae.com
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Rae Howell aka Sunwrae, is an Australian freelance musician; composer and performer on piano & vibraphone. A graduate of The University of Melbourne Conservatorium, Howell is Artistic Director and Leader of the Sunwrae Ensemble, an innovative chamber group dedicated to performing her original works for piano, vibraphone, string quartet, harp, clarinets, alto flute, lap-steel guitar, double bass, drums and percussion.
Howell produces a unique style of minimalist contemporary classical music; artistically implementing improvisation,
creating eclectic textures and rhythmical intricacy. She works as a multi-instrumentalist (also on trumpet, mellophone, glockenspiel & melodica) and performs as a guest artist with a vast range of musicians crossing various genres in live performance, recording and international touring.
Howell's music is described as "Animated and energetic..." (Thomas Reiner, Music Forum 2007) and "Hypnotically beautiful with a flowing cinematic feel..." (Jessica Nicholas, The Age 2006), leading one of the world's premier nu chamber groups.
In addition to the Sunwrae Ensemble, Howell composes and performs live for an Australian Puppet Theatre Company
Peepshow Inc, with whom she is also an Artistic Advisor, an Improvised Dance Ensemble State of Flux through dancehouse in Melbourne, and numerous international project-based film and mixed-media ventures. Howell was a finalist in the 2006 APRA Professional Development Awards and is the only Australian represented composer of Cantilena Music in London, UK.
International collaborations include the ARENA International Theatre Festival in Erlangen Germany, Musician in
Residence at The Banff Centre in Alberta Canada, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida USA, jazz musician/composer and Blue Note Records Artist Sam Rivers (USA), Royal Society of Arts Fellow,
composer/percussionist Eugene Skeef (Sth Africa/UK) and electronic
engineer Jon Cohrs (USA).
Howell's album releases include called Never Stops to Wait (2005), several
Live CDs & DVDs from the Eavesdropping Concert & Art Exhibition Series (2003-2007) and 'Autumn Never Fall', a new studio album due for release in 2009. Festival appearances include Apollo Bay Festival, Bright Spring Festival (VIC), SxSW Festival (Austin TX) and Golden Plains Festival (VIC). A Live National Broadcast on ABC Classic FMís Sunday Live and ABC TVís Sunday Arts paved the way for their 2007 National Tour, followed by a highly acclaimed performance at the Famous International Spiegeltent in Melbourne. Howell is also the founder of 'eavesdropping', an annual touring series of musical concerts showcasing new music and exhibits of visual art.
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