Gemma Peacocke is a New York-based composer from New Zealand. She writes both acoustic and electronic music and composes music that seamlessly combines electronics with traditional instruments and voices. Her multimedia song cycle, Waves + Lines, based on Eliza Griswold’s book I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan, premiered in June 2017 at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn with the support of a commission from the Jerome L Green Foundation. Her song cycle Pacific, for chamber choir, four-hands piano and electronics will be premiered by the Tudor Consort in Wellington in September 2017 with the support of a PADET grant.
As well as her concert works, Gemma often collaborates with filmmakers, choreographers, and theatre practitioners, including with Australian director Benita de Wit on Undrown’d, a play about asylum seekers held in offshore detention centres, which has been presented in two seasons in New York. Gemma has also collaborated with renowned choreographer Sylvain Émard and emerging choreographers Kyle Mullins and Fairul Zahid.
Gemma was the Creative New Zealand Edwin Carr Scholar for 2014 and 2015 and a 2015 Bang on a Can composition fellow. She was awarded the NYU Steinhardt prize for Graduate Composition in 2016 having completed a Master of Music in Composition with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe on a Walter Reinhold Scholarship. She spent the autumn of 2015 studying at the Institute for Music/Acoustic Research and Coordination (IRCAM) in Paris, and she will begin a Ph.D. in composition at Princeton University in September 2017.
Gemma’s music has been performed in New Zealand, Australia, Austria, Brazil, the United States, and Denmark.
for choir, piano four hands and electronics