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Graeme Leak

Graeme Leak - Alternate Mode Artist
Graeme Leak - Alternate Mode Artist

Graeme is a musician, composer and performer. He was a founding member of the legendary Flederman ensemble and the percussion group Synergy. While with these groups he premiered well over 100 newly commissioned works in concerts across Australia, in the UK, Europe, the US and New Zealand.

Graeme was a member of Jump Back Jack and The Hungarian Rap Sadists, projects directed by the late Jackie Orszacksky. He made his first devised music-theatre work, Homeboys, together with dancer Michael Hennessy, in 1989. Moving to Melbourne in 1991 he embraced his varied interests in instrument making, theatre and sound technology to make his first wholly original show, From Africa to the Kitchen Sink. It featured an eclectic range of pieces for conventional and invented instruments and it evolved and changed in numerous incarnations. He performed it across Australia and in Asia, Europe and the US.

He wrote and performed a popular prep to yr 12 school show, Listen to my Kitchen, from 1990 to 2001, in cites and towns across Australia.

He regularly conducts instrument making and playing sessions with communities across the country and has written a book, Performance Making - a manual for music workshops published by Currency Press.

He is co-director of The Spaghetti Western Orchestra, a band that plays the classic film scores of Ennio Morricone. In July/August 2007 SWO made their international debut at the Montreal Jazz Festival and have since played in London, Paris, The Netherlands, regional France and the US to sold-out houses and critical acclaim.

Parallel to the above Graeme held part-time teaching positions at the Queensland Conservatorium, the Canberra School of Music, the Sydney Conservatorium and La Trobe University (including a year as Head of Department). Since La Trobe closed its Music Department in 1999 Graeme has been working solely as a performer and composer.