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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.


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


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