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.