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  • Chris Cree Brown

  • Born: 1953
  • Fully Represented SOUNZ Composer


Chris Cree Brown is an Associate Professor at the School of Music, University of Canterbury. He has very diverse interests that include: conventional instrumental composition, electroacoustic and computer music, and inter-media art.

He has twice been awarded the Mozart Fellowship at the University of Otago, has twice been appointed Composer-in-Schools and has written a number of film scores.

Along with Icescape, for orchestra, is an electro-acoustic work, Under Erebus that were a result of his trip to Antarctica under the Artists to Antarctica programme run under the auspices of Antarctic New Zealand and with the assistance of Creative New Zealand.

Memories Apart (2002), Icescape (2003), Remote Presence (2008) and Viola Concerto (2016) were finalist compositions in the SOUNZ Contemporary Award, and he won the Award with Inner Bellow for Clarinet and Fixed Media in 2010.

Chris has written two major works about Gallipoli: a radiophonic work titled Pilgrimage to Gallipoli (2009) and Gallipoli Fragments for Piano Trio, Fixed Media and Images (2015).

He has a strong interest in musical sculptures, and his Aeolian harps were exhibited in 2002 in the Christchurch Botanical gardens as part of the Art and Industry Scape Biennale. He has also been involved with the SoundDome sonic arts organisation.

Chris was awarded the KBB/CANZ citation for services to New Zealand Music in 2010. In 2015 his piece Sound Barrel for euphonium and electronics was selected for performance at the ISCM World Music Days.

His work has been performed in many countries, including Australia, England, Finland, Hungary, France, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, United States of America.

Source: Christopher Cree Brown. Updated by SOUNZ, April 2017.

Selected Works

A Black Painting an electroacoustic soundscape  
A Primitive Pathos (2) music theatre for solo double bass  
Aeolian Harp a design for a giant music sculpture  
Black and White for orchestra and tape  
Deep Music for contrabassoon, tuba, double bass, piano, cymbal and conductor  
Duo for Violin and Cello  
In Sympathy music-theatre-sculpture for solo trumpet  
Music for Limbs electroacoustic music for dance  
Piece for Anzart a performance sculpture work  
Piece for Eighteen Strings for string orchestra  


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