- Bruce Crossman
- Born: 1961
- Fully Represented SOUNZ Composer
I see the spiritual essence in my own work as an expression of a Christian faith whereby composition becomes a deep-felt emotion and spiritual sensibility linking heaven and earth. In this sense I feel a connection to Asian creativity, especially in its valuing of the intrinsic-spiritual dimension of sound and its capacity to engage emotionally, as well as moving across art-forms aesthetically.
Bruce Crossman sees his music as moving across multi art-forms for inspiration, drawing on both Asian and European traditions, to express a spiritual essence. His composition aims for a deep-felt emotion and Christian spiritual sensibility linking heaven and earth. The music is informed by Filipino percussion ensembles, Korean traditional music and free-form jazz; these are placed within a European influenced architectural design. Crossman’s Pacific-based aesthetic has been influenced by Peter Sculthorpe, Chou Wen-chung and Chinary Ung. Several works of Crossman explore this Pacific identity, including ‘Daragang Magayon Cantata’ (2001) and ‘Fierce Tranquillity’ (2004). The former was written in collaboration with Filipina-Australian poet Merlinda Bobis and explores Filipino percussive rhythms and chant using virtuosic performance resources, whilst the latter composition explores a Korean gestural approach alongside Japanese shakuhachi techniques adapted to string writing.
Crossman has won a number of awards, including the Queensland Philharmonic’s Corbould Prize (1996) as well as commendations in the Albert H. Maggs Award (2004) (Melbourne University) and in the Foundation Orchestra’s International Composition Competition (2004) (United States). He has also been awarded a Composition Fellowship at the Pacific Music Festival (1990) in Japan and the Mozart Fellowship (1992) at Otago University. Crossman is the Coordinator of Composition at the University of Western Sydney.
International festivals in the Philippines, Japan and Korea have featured Crossman’s music. The Pacific Rim Festival (2005) in the United States commissioned him to write a work for the New Asia String Quartet (Korea) and the Aurora Festival (2006) in Sydney featured his music-theatre work. His work has been performed by orchestras in Asia (Kanagawa Philharmonic and Korean Symphony Orchestra) as well as by those in Australasia (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland and Queensland Philharmonic Orchestras). Australian performers have engaged in his work including pianist Ian Munro, mezzo-soprano Lotte Latukefu, and Shakuhachi master Jim Franklin.
Crossman was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1961 and immigrated to Australia in 1996. He holds a Doctor of Creative Arts degree from the University of Wollongong where he studied with Ross Edwards and Andrew Schultz and also holds masters degrees from the Universities of York and Otago. Influences from the visual dimension inform his aesthetic; abstract colourist painters such as his father Wallace Crossman, Patrick Herron and Howard Hodgkin alongside East Asian calligraphy, have fuelled his creative-process. He has written on intercultural issues including co-editing the book Intercultural Music: Creation and Interpretation and performs solo piano improvisations.Source: Bruce Crossman, June 2007
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|B-Bop for clarinet in B flat, cello and piano|
|Coat-tails Flying three act chamber opera|
|Daragang Magayon Cantata for mezzo-soprano, piano and (optional) dancer/chanter|
|Dialogue for Jerusalem for clarinet and piano|
|Dual for two violins|
|Expression in Blue for violin and piano|
|Humming for SATB chorus|
|Pezzo Languendo for piano solo|
|Rituals for Soprano and String Quartet For Soprano and String Quartet|