Carolyn Connors is a Melbourne-based vocalist, composer, pianist, and accordionist who was awarded the 2015 Age Melbourne Music Award for Avant Garde and Experimental music. She creates new works in the fields of contemporary music and theatre, expanding the possibilities of the acoustic voice. Carolyn’s solo vocal works have been presented by the Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Festival, Dark MOFO, Liquid Architecture, ABC radio’s Sound Proof, The Ian Potter Museum, and Gertrude Contemporary. Carolyn has also toured extensively, as both a soloist and in performances including Still Awake Still; Hammers Lake, her band with Judith Hamann; Siren Song (Dark MOFO, Perth Festival); Chamber Made Opera’s Between 8 and 9 (Chengdu, Asia TOPA, and the Castlemaine State Festival).

In her Online Masterclass series for Sounds Unheard – ‘Music, Voice, Body, Sound’ – Carolyn shares advice on finding new techniques and sounds, caring for your voice, creating your own work and balancing the roles of musician, performer and artist.

In part three, Carolyn talks to us about how she began improvising, composing and creating her own projects. We also hear two of Carolyn’s works: “I’m a Big Man’, and a solo improvisation for voice and two slide whistles.


Join us next week for part four, where Carolyn discusses ‘secret singer business’ – tips for preparing for your future career, looking after your voice and finding inspiration. To learn more about Carolyn, please visit her website.



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