Myfanwy Hunter is a sound+visual artist, researcher+educator. As a contemporary viola and bass player she collaborates with dancers, theatre makers, visual artists and music ensembles. Her acoustic palette includes Contemporary, Classical, New Music, Improvisation and Electronic approaches to music/sound making. Myfanwy's visual art practice encompasses works with paper, light, stenciling, cyanotypes, projection and drypoint etching. Her synthesis of sound and visual art is exemplified by her distinctive works for adapted Pianola Projector Machine. These live art installations utilise vocal adaptors, loop pedals, lights and micro sounds harvested from the guts of a player piano. Myfanwy's current research examines the Assisted Solo in creative practice. She is an active instrumental teacher offering private lessons on viola and violin at all levels.
Selected Projects and Collaborations Seven-ness (sub-lunar) sound+body durational performance with Domenico de Clario, Ren Walters, Janette Hoe, Tony Yap, Tony Hicks, MPavilion, Melbourne, Dec 2016 | Pianola Projector Machine with sound artist Juliana España Keller Nov 2016 | Romeo&Juliet sound+music for contemporary Iranian naghali theatre maker/dancer/puppeteer Elnaz Sheshgelani, La Mama Oct 2016 | This Ensemble viola & fretless bass with Ren Walters et al Aug&Oct 2016 | Street Requiem violist with Choir of Hard Knocks (Melbourne Recital Centre June 2016 | Imagine This… sound+music for theatre-maker Angela Clarke, The Oratory Apr 2016 | In the Company of Others sound+music with Alice Cummins’ Footfall Ensemble 2015 | The General violist with Bluegrassy Knoll Melbourne Recital Centre 2014 | Royal Melbourne Philharmonic violist China 2014 | Vault Facilitator and Curator of monthly discussion and guests speakers in relation to the arts 2012-2015 | Lilo String Quartet with Ross Henderson, Bronwyn Henderson and Carolyn Garnell 2011 to Present | Daquqi violist, vocalist, composer with Amadis Lacheta piano, Shannon Birchall double bass, Peter Knight trumpet 2007-2010 | Beyond Butoh violist with dancer Janette Hoe 2006 | The Baron in the Trees musician, script editor & narrator with shadow puppeteer Stephen Mushin and Stories From the Ground 2007-2010 | Phobia violinist, physical theatre & sound operator Chamber Made Opera, Holland 2006, Australia 2007 | Playback Theatre multi-instrumentalist Blue Mountains 1998-2001.
Selected Exhibitions Together/Apart residency and collaboration with visual artist Lauren Simmonds, Conduit Arts Fitzroy 2016 | And then we can spear it prints+projection Off The Kerb, Collingwood 2013 | Aria Lumina Pianola Projector Machine live solo performance, Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2013 | On A Roll Mailbox 141 Flinders Lane Melbourne & Northern Exposure Northcote 2013 | One_To_Zero__ installation, residency and performance Conduit Arts Fitzroy 2013 | Three Thousand Holes installation and performance, Dear Patti Smith Collingwood 2012.
Current Research Assisted Solo - Navigating Relational & Representational Failure in Music-Dance Collaboration. Masters of Interdisciplinary Arts at The Centre For Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. This practice-led project examines the poetics of failure in private creative practice and in the public domain. The project aims to unpack virtuosic pursuit and to harvest failures - the detritus of attempts to master instrument, stagecraft and compositional endeavours. The project is three-fold and includes 1. A suite of three albums in collaboration with six dancers (SOLOS I:I Viola, SOLOSI:I Bass, Rapture/Rupture) 2. Drypoint etchings reflecting on rupture and repair 3. Interviews with fellows creatives on capacity, failure, virtuosity and potential. The resultant work can be accessed here: www.assistedsolo.com.
Education & Training Masters in Interdisciplinary Arts, Centre For Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne 2017 | Bachelor of Creative Arts Industries (Music & Visual Art) Victoria University 2013 | Certificate IV Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft (Solo Residency Program) Victoria University 2012 | Certificate IV Theatre Arts (Solo Residency Program) Victoria University 2011 | Classical Indian Violin tutelage under Mohantiji, Benares University, India 2006 | Esraj – under Khalil Ghudaz, Melbourne 2005 | Music Logic Teacher Training, Hawthorn School of Music 2004 | Bachelor of Visual Arts University of Ballarat 1994-1995 | Bachelor of Fine Art Monash University 1991-1992.
Grants & Awards University of Melbourne Faculty of Small Grants Scheme – Study Tour to Montreal to present at Concordia University and the Applied Improvisation Network Conference, Oct 2015 | Golden Key International Honours Society Member for academic excellence 2013 | Victoria University Study Tour Grant through Solo Residency program to visit music institutions, educators and attend workshops in San Francisco, New York & Montreal, Sept/Oct 2011.