MATT REUBEN JAMES WARD
Raised in regional WA in Carnarvon, Katanning and Albany, Matt has gone on to lead an international career as a performer and creative director. As a performer Matt has toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom to over 75 venues. Credits include the Messenger in Stephen Fry’s Life to Come (Britten Theatre) and Western Union Boy in English Touring Opera’s Olivier Award Winning Paul Bunyan (Linbury Studio Theatre Royal Opera House Covent Garden, UK tour).
As a creative director Matt has created and directed numerous performances, with commissions from plays to research & development programs. Working extensively in singing community engagement, Matt has worked with Operasonic UK, Royal College of Music Sparks Family Orchestra & Chorus London, BBC Symphony Family Orchestra & Chorus, BBC Proms Sing Plus and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Glyndebourne. Matt has taken workshops as part of these programs to over 50 schools and choirs between the UK and Australia.
Jonathan Brain - A performer of broad interests, Brain sings opera and sacred music, plays rock’n’roll, composes music, conducts choirs and teaches music. Since studying jazz, classical music, theatre and literature at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the University of Western Australia, Brain’s performing career has seen him sing opera in the outback, play original music across Australia, perform regularly with West Australian Opera Company and the renowned St George’s Cathedral Consort, compose music for films and spend many late nights playing loud guitars in rock bands.
As a composer and arranger Brain has scored numerous independent films, written for schools and community groups. In 2017 Brain composed music for the community opera Pilgrims of the Sea celebrating the cessation of whaling activities in the Great Southern, and in 2018 co-composed and produced music for the VAC Noongar Song Project 2018.
Running parallel to this, Brain is a respected songwriter and contemporary musician, performing in his own right and as a sideman with numerous original music projects, touring and recording regularly. As a classical musician, Brain has performed regularly with the chorus of West Australian Opera (WAO) since 2008 and as a freelance vocal soloist.
Sound & Cymatics Artist
Composer, sound artist and community musician Jean-Michel Maujean is based in Perth Western Australia. He is studying a PhD with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where he is recording birdsong and using it as the basis for the composition of new music. Over the course of his studies, Jean-Michel has created a number of novel instruments and musical techniques, including: 3D printed flutes, 3D spectrograms scores, a 16-tone piano and the 'Hydrowoofer' (a subwoofer filled with water). In 2017 he was nominated for the WAM experimental artist of the year.
In 2018, Jean-Michel has travelled to Warmun, assisting with the Tura New Music Regional Residency Program. He also developed and presented a workshop for high school students as part of the Scitech Innovation Festival. Jean-Michel is the current Vancouver Arts Centre -artist in Residence, and in November he will be visualising whale song, as part 40th commemorations of the closing of Albany’s Historic Whaling Station.