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Mallory Elmo


Born: 2001


Mallory Elmo is a composer based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. She is devoted to noise, her friends, God, the sky, and Pierre Boulez. Xyr compositional work started in high school, and was first professionally performed in Assisi, Italy, selected by the harp and violin duo Strings Crossed through their online Call for Scores.

Since then, xe has had music performed regularly in concerts and workshops across Aotearoa. Her piece Sand Chimes was performed by the SMP Ensemble and in Cud-Chewing Country: NZ Poets and Composers in Concert, for which she was also commissioned to write 1666 Ultimate Absolute Timecore on a text by Max & Olive of 5ever Press. Excerpts from her song cycle Doxing Ur Mum, on texts by Anne Amber, were published by Wai-te-Ata Press in the multimedia anthology Mythos, compiled by Cadence Chung. She has participated in the CANZ Composers Workshop 2022 and 2023, as a finalist in the NZSO Todd Young Composers Competition 2021 and 2023, and in numerous Sounds of Te Kōki student composers’ concerts, including a showcase concert at the 2023 Classical on Cuba festival.

She is also co-convenor with Sophia Frudd of the flexible noise band Frogmeat, which performs as a duo or with collaborators, exploring performance art, spectral-timbral and harsh-noise improvisation, and anything else that suits the given occasion. Xe has performed with Frogmeat at venues including Pyramid Club, Enjoy Contemporary Art Gallery, Audio Foundation (Tāmaki Makaurau), and Yours (Ōtepoti), as well as on recordings and gigs released and organised by Te Whanganui-a-Tara-based collective Swamp Soul. She pursues a principled engagement with experimental tendencies across Aotearoa’s musical landscape, exploring common purposes and desires as well as enjoyable integral differences.

Composed (3)

Nest List

for solo horn, 6m 30s

Sand Chimes

for vocalising violist (or violist and vocalist), 4m

Sand Chimes

for vocalising cellist (or cellist and vocalist), 4m