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Briar Prastiti

Composer, Performer

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Born: 1992


Briar Prastiti (b. 1992) is a Wellington-based composer, originally from Tauranga. Briar completed her BMus degree at the New Zealand School of Music in 2012, where she studied composition under John Psathas and Michael Norris alongside orchestration and conducting, both under Kenneth Young. In 2013, Briar pursued Honours in Composition at the NZSM.

Briar is a member of Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya, with whom she has performed as singer and instrumentalist, including (in 2012) at WOMAD, Homegrown, and numerous other concerts and events. She has been a guest singer with Puspawarna Gamelan in Dunedin. Briar is a core member of SMP Ensemble, appearing as performer, conductor, and composer.

Briar's musical compositions have been performed or workshopped by the New Zealand String Quartet, multi-instrumentalist Adam Page, pianist Jonathan Berkahn and SMP Ensemble. Briar's first original film score (for film “Missing Person”, directed by Scott Williams) was premiered in 2012 at Paramount Theatre in Wellington. Briar's electroacoustic composition, “In the Classroom” was realised by Dugal McKinnon at the 2012 New Zealand Electroacoustic Music Symposium. Briar's graphic score for her experimental Javanese gamelan piece is being published in 2013 by Waiteata Music Press (edited by Jack Body).

In 2012, Briar was awarded the Indonesian Gamelan Prize.

Composed (9)

Clockwork Dancer

for gamelan, violin, and musical saw

Crunch Time

for solo saxophone and fixed media, 3m 50s

de la noche, de la muerte

for gamelan, voice, and violin

Delirious Euphoria

for gamelan

In The Classroom

an electroacoustic work, 5m

Industrial Fantasia

for piano and percussion ensemble, 7m

Pipe Dreamer

for solo piano, 7m

Shifting Shadows

for Javanese gamelan and sound technician, 7m

ζωώδες/zo̱óḏes (‘Animality’)

for chamber ensemble, 4m 20s