Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University

As a musician, songwriter and music researcher, my key interests include the sustainability of Aboriginal Australian song and the continued global impact of popular music.

My Aboriginal family from the south-east coast of Western Australia use the term ‘Wirlomin Noongar’ to refer to their clan and my PhD research at the University of Western Australia (2013-2015) focused on the aesthetics and sustainability of Noongar song. I am lead chief investigator on the ARC project 'Mobilising song archives to nourish and endangered Aboriginal language'.

I was nominated for ‘Best Original Score’ in the 2012 Helpmann Awards and The Australian described my composition work as ‘masterful’ and my ‘live guitar and vocal qualities’ as ‘pure magic’ in 2016.

I serve as Vice Chancellor's Teaching and Research Fellow at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Kurongkurl Katitjin Centre for Indigenous Australian Education & Research, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.

Experience

  • –present
    Ethnomusicologist, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney