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Rosie Langabeer

Composer, Performer, Presenter

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Biography

Hailed by the New York Times for her ability to time bend, Rosie Langabeer is a rare combination of musical intelligence and practice along with irreverence and risk-­taking. A multi­-award winner as a composer and performer, her wonderfully honest voice can make you want to cry and then she’ll sprinkle in some robot bird monsters.

She holds a Bmus in Jazz Composition from Massey University, Wellington, NZ and has received numerous commissions and arts grants including a Bowerbird Sound Sculpture Commission (2012) Creative New Zealand Arts Funding (2005, 2007 & 2013), SOUNZ Community Commission (2009), Friction Quartet commission (2016) and two Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Music (2012).

Langabeer’s work is collaborative and interdisciplinary, often combining live musicians onstage with physical theatre and dance. She is a hyperactive piano player and also plays accordion, sings her lungs out, plays trombone, ukulele, synthesizer/electronics, objects and more. Her love of participation and exchange are at the heart of her sound which is at once familiar and strange, beautiful and discordant, mysterious and absurd. She has performed throughout NZ and the USA as well as Mexico, the UK, France, Japan and Sri Lanka. Recent festival appearances include: Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival (MA, USA, 2016), the High Zero Festival of experimental and improvised music, Baltimore, (MD, USA, 2016), Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, (Havelock North, NZ, 2016), Vail International Dance Festival, Colorado, (USA, 2015), Joyce Theater Ballet Festival (NY, USA, 2015) and Bowerbird’s John Cage Festival Philadelphia, (PA, USA, 2013).

From 2010 to 2015 Langabeer lived in Philadelphia, USA where she became highly regarded for her work in the performing arts. Her collaboration with Philly’s experimental theatre giants Pig Iron Theatre Company earned her two Barrymore Awards in 2012 and she has an ongoing relationship with BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company with whom she has created three critically acclaimed works since 2011. Currently based in Auckland her current projects include: a duo TWO TO TUTU TOO with musical instrument inventor and Guggenheim Fellow Neil Feather, theatrical works with Wellington director/performer Jenny McArthur, trombonist with the Hastings experimental music unit: The Revolutionary Arts Ensemble, and playing in her father, Jim Langabeer’s Secret Islands Sextet with Chris O’Connor, Roger Manins, Neil Watson and Eamon Edmundson­ Wells, their album ‘Secret Islands’ was released June 2017 on RATTLE Records.

2018 saw Rosie nominated as a finalist for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award.

”…a suspended, surreal condition.” – New York Times, 2015.
“…the best drunk ballet I’ve ever seen…” – Dance Tabs, 2015.


Composed (11)

Critters in the Elevator

for mixed chamber ensemble


Elephant

for fifteen players, 2m 47s


Hell in a Handbasket

for mixed chamber ensemble


Impromptu #2_1

for piano trio


March of the Crocodiles

for fifteen players, 5m 37s


Milly Mae-Moet

for mixed chamber ensemble of 17 players, 12m 6s


Occulmente

for string quartet, 10m 30s


Phenylalanine

for seventeen players, 9m 24s


Swamp Song

for mixed chamber ensemble


Tusalava

for mixed chamber ensemble, 6m 36s