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Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University

I am a father, musician and researcher from the south coast Noongar region of Western Australia working as Associate Professor at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University.

I create and perform music for stage and screen, and co-translated a full-length Shakespearean work (Hecate, 2020) and feature film dub (Fist of Fury Noongar Daa, 2021) into the endangered Noongar language.

I lead an Australian Research Council funded program of research on the connections between song, language, culture and nature.

A former high school music teacher, I developed the major in contemporary music at Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2014-2018).

I was elected to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Council and serve as chair of the AIATSIS Foundation. I am also a Black Swan State Theatre Company board member.

My PhD on the aesthetics and sustainability of Noongar song was awarded the 2016 Robert Street Prize at UWA for most outstanding thesis.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University
  • 2014–2018
    Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney
  • 2010–2014
    Lecturer, University of Western Australia

Education

  • 2016 
    University of Western Australia, PhD (Music)
  • 2005 
    Edith Cowan University, Graduate Diploma of Education
  • 2001 
    Murdoch University, Bachelor of Arts