Carolyn Connors is a Melbourne based vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. She creates new works in the fields of contemporary music and theatre.
Carolyn’s vocal work expands the possibilities of the acoustic voice. The works with preparations extend the voice, expanding its limits (What comes after love; Sonatas for Voice and Objects, Mirabilia). Her theatre works are designed for listening to: meaning and navigation are embedded in the sound rather than in text or visual cues (Material Mouth, 2007; Nocturne, 2010). In 2015 Carolyn was awarded the 2015 Age Melbourne Music Award for Avant Garde and Experimental music. Carolyn’s solo vocal works have been presented by Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Festival, Dark MOFO, Liquid Architecture, ABC radio’s Sound Proof, The Ian Potter Museum, AVANTWHATEVER and Gertrude Contemporary, as well as extensive international appearances in the US, Europe, and England.
Carolyn is active in ensemble settings. Her trio Hammers Lake with cellist Judith Hamann is informed by new classical, avant-garde, and improvisation practices. As a collaborator she has made new works with many companies including Chamber Made Opera, JOLT, Quiver New Music Ensemble, and Elision; and with many artists including Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, David Chesworth, Cynthia Troupe, David Tolley, Warren Burt, and Jill Orr. She regularly creates real-time compositions with local and international musicians in improvisation settings.
Carolyn is equally active in theatre performance. Collaborative works include Still Awake Still (25 venue national tour, and international touring including New Victory Theatre, New York); Hammers Lake, her band with Judith Hamann (Adelaide Festival; San Diego); Siren Song (Dark MOFO, Perth Festival); Tomorrow and Tomorrow with Gabriella and Silvana Mongano (Anna Schwartz Gallery) and Chamber Made’s Between 8 and 9 (Chengdu, Asia TOPA, and Castlemaine State Festival; recipient of 2018 Green Room Award for Sound Performance, and the Excellence in Experimental Music Award at the 2018 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards).
Carolyn has taught at Victoria University, NMIT, the VCA, and with private students; was a voice and comedy trainer for the Australian Clown Doctors; has mentored through the Arts Victoria mentoring program; has been musical director with DVA, Perilous Productions and Pocketfool; and regularly appears as a guest presenter.