John Encarnacao lectures in music at the University of Western Sydney and heads the independent labels China Pig and Psychopyjama. His interests as a performer and composer extend from power-pop and folk rock to free improvisation, electronics and chamber music. Recent releases include albums by The Nature Strip, Espadrille and Warmer. A solo album of prepared acoustic guitar improvisations, Giraffe Solos will be released in early 2014. His first book, Punk Aesthetics and New Folk was published by Ashgate in 2013.