Not-for-profit company led by composer and artistic director Corrina Bonshek
Corrina Bonshek & Collaborators is a newly formed not-for-profit company led by composer and artistic director Corrina Bonshek whose passions are intercultural dialogue and making music-led works that provoke wonder, joy at the beauty of nature.
The company is managed by the long-standing collaborative team of Greta Kelly (Mzaza, DeepBlue, Take me to Paris) and Bonshek, who have been working together since 2016 beginning with the highly successful Song to the Earth. Song to the Earth was incubated during the City of Gold Coast’s inaugural Generate program in the lead-up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and produced by Bleach* Festival. Its performance seasons include, in its original and adapted versions: Bleach* Festival 2017 & 2018, 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Arts & Culture Festival, Flowstate Southbank 2018, Rainforest Fringe Festival Sarawak Malaysia 2019, Phoenix Central Park Sydney 2019, Hervey Bay Whale Festival 2021, Kingston Butter Factory 2022, Boom Percussion Festival 2022, and more to be announced.
Dr Corrina Bonshek is an Australian composer whose music is inspired by sounds and patterns in nature and her meditation practice. Her music has been described as ‘beautifully shaped and contemplative’ (Clare MacClean, 2013) and ‘deeply spiritual in intent’ (Anne Boyd, 2002). She graduated with a PhD in Contemporary Arts in 2007 from University of Western Sydney, where she was the first music postgraduate to divide her submission equally between a composition portfolio and musicological thesis. She studied composition with Dr Bruce Crossman, and has since received mentoring from Grawemeyer award-winning composer Professor Chinary Ung, who describes her music as ‘connecting to the essence of South-East Asian music – timelessness’.
Corrina’s music has been performed around the world (USA, Indian, Thailand, Taiwan, Cambodia, UK and Australia) in concert halls, galleries, parks and non-arts venues. She recently composed and directed 90-minute Song to the Earth, a live music installation for string orchestra and percussion for 2018 Bleach Festival & Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Arts & Culture Festival. Her site-specific work Journey to the Centre is permanently installed in Centennial Park Sydney’s new public labyrinth and can be heard by streaming or downloading the audio onto your mobile phone.