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Peter Knight - composer, trumpeter, sound artist, artistic director

Australian trumpeter/composer/sound artist, Peter Knight, is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for his distinctive approach, which integrates jazz, experimental, and world music traditions. Peter’s work as both performer and composer is regularly featured in a range of ensemble settings, he also composes for theatre, creates sound installations, and is the Artistic Director of one of Australia’s leading contemporary music ensembles, the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO).

Perpetually curious, Peter’s practice defies categorisation; indeed he works in the spaces between categories, between genres, and between cultures: “Hard to categorise… hauntingly memorable” The Wire (UK).  “Falling into an utterly genre-less wormhole” Cyclic Defrost. “Honest, inventive and original” Hour Magazine Montreal. “A serious work of stringent originality” BBC Jazz on 3. “If trumpet is an element then Knight is an alchemist” New York City Jazz Record.

Peter’s role with the Australian Art Orchestra sees him touring regularly with the group both in Australia and abroad. He also commissions new work for the ensemble and curates a range of innovative programs for large and small settings. Outside of the AAO Peter performs regularly as a solo artist developing a distinctive modality for trumpet and electronics under the moniker, Allotrope. Other current projects include: Daughter’s Fever, featuring Melbourne alt folk luminary, Paddy Mann (AKA Grand Salvo); his celebrated cross-cultural sextet, Way Out West, with koto virtuoso Satsuki Odamura, and his multi-award winning long-running collaboration with theatre-maker, Tamara Saulwick (Endings, Pin Drop).

Peter has presented these and other projects at numerous venues and festivals with recent highlights including: Metropolis New Music Festival, OzAsia festivals, Montreal Jazz Festival, Earshot Festival Seattle, Copenhagen Jazzhouse, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Aarhus Festival (Denmark), Café Oto (London), Melbourne Festival, Perth FestivalSydney Festival, MONA FOMA (Hobart), Dotolim (Seoul), Super Deluxe (Tokyo), Urban Guild (Kyoto), Earzoom (Ljubljana), Sonorous Duration Festival (Singapore), Veneto Jazz Festival (Italy), Teatro Municipal de Las Condes (Chile), iBeam (New York), Labor Sonor (Berlin), Cosmopolite (Oslo) and Totally Huge New Music Festival (Perth). Peter is also a member of Paul Grabowsky's Moons of Jupiter sextet, and performs regularly with a range of other artists and groups including recently: Dave Douglas (Fabliaux), Ensemble Offspring, and Clocked Out

As a composer Peter’s recent commissions include, Australian Art Orchestra for Metropolis New Music Festival 2016, Arts House Melbourne (for Festival Of Live Art 2016) with Tamara Saulwick: an audio visual work for 16 iPads called Alter. Cameron Robbins for his MONA solo show 'Field Lines' (on until August 2016), Vanessa Tomlinson for 8 Hits (percussion solo), the Australian Brass Quintet (Extended Brass Quintet), ABC Radio National (radio version of Pin Drop for Sound. Music. Word), Big West Festival 2015, Siren CallCorpus (2015 score for Tina Havers dance company Bremen Germany), Kate Neal (wind and string quintet), International Trumpet Guild (extended trumpet quartet).

Peter is the recipient of numerous awards including in 2016 the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award, the Age/Music Victoria award for Jazz Album of the Year, and a Green Room Theatre Award (with Tamara Saulwick). In 2013 he was awarded a prestigious Australia Council Music Fellowship. He is the recipient of two Bell Jazz Awards, along with nominations for the Australian Music Prize (AMP, for Daughter’s Fever), APRA/AMC Art Music Awards, Green Room Theatre (sound design), Australian Arts In Asia Awards, and AIR Independent Recording. He holds a doctorate from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and was awarded 2013 Alumnus of the Year. Residencies include, Banff Centre Fall Residency (2007) with the assistance of a Rolston Music Fellowship (Canada) and 2014 Music Omi (New York). Peter’s work has also been supported by grants from the Ian Potter Trust, Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, Alan C. Rose Trust, Australia Korea Foundation, Australian International Cultural Council, and The Myer Foundation. In 2005 he was awarded the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship.
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Diomira was composed by Peter Knight for the Australian Art Orchestra. Video is by Scott Morrison. This performance was recorded on May 9th 2016 as part of Metropolis New Music Festival in Melbourne

Australian Art Orchestra with Nicole Lizée under the direction of Peter Knight. Metropolis New Music Festival 2016

Video clip for 'Anthony Blaise' from Way Out West's recently released self-titled album on Jazzhead. Shot by Tim Turner, edited by Mia Forrest. 

Peter Knight, Tamara Saulwick and Joe Talia, with Danish poet Peter Laugesen. Death Lines - A Memento Mori Tuesday 2nd September 2014 Aarhus Festival Denmark. This concert was with a high speed internet link from Melbourne where Joe and Tamara performed. Peter Knight and Peter Laugesen performed their parts in Aarhus.

8 Hits was a free concert and live radio broadcast on Saturday 1st November 2014. Performed by percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson, First piece on program is Peter Knight's 'Make Them Dance' commissioned for the occasion.

Solo for trumpet, delays, tape, and rice. Recorded live by Digital Pill in December 2016. 

Repurposing the omnipresent portable device, Alter is an audio-visual installation for 16 iPads and 16 people in a delicate meditation on invisible systems and interconnectedness. Created by Tamara Saulwick & Peter Knight, in collaboration with Martyn Coutts and Steve Berrick, Commissioned by Arts House and premiered at the 2016 Festival of Live Art.

Daughter's Fever - The Green Room
Music: Peter Knight. Video Scott Morrison From Daughter's Fever out on HellosQuare 

Edited version of solo concert at Copenhagen Jazzhouse 6th of September, 2014

Bright Splinters: Peter Knight trumpet/laptop Sunny Kim voice/laptop Christopher Hale bass/electronics Performing at Yeosu World Expo in Yeosu South Korea 27th May 2012


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12th May

Stonnington Jazz Festival with Australian Art Orchestra ‘The Plains’

23rd may

Arts Centre Melbourne Meeting Points Concert Series ‘Old Grooves for New Streets’ with Australian Art Orchestra featuring Dung Nguyen

6-8th June

Barunga Festival (Northern Territory) with Australian Art Orchestra

12th June

Ngukurr Arts Centre with Australian Art Orchestra (Sunny Kim, David Wilfred, Aviva Endean)

21st July

Solo concert at People’s Republic, Sydney plus duo with Martin Ng (please email for details)

14-16th August

Chambermade residency at QUT for Robotronica. New work development

18th - 24th August

Australia Council for the Arts Arts Leaders Program - residency in Jakarta and Yogjakarta, Indonesia

25th August - 1st September

SoundOut residency, Poland

11th - 21st September

Australian Art Orchestra Creative Music Intensive Tarraleah, Tasmania

22nd September

Australian Art Orchestra Meeting Points Concert Series at Arts Centre Melbourne featuring Hyelim Kim (UK/Korea)

Past schedule