Susan Frykberg (New Zealand)

Susan Frykberg is a sound-artist/composer and poet who tries to balance chi-rho spirituality, creativity and social justice. Her works have been heard in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australasia. In addition to her sound-art works, Susan composes for a variety of combinations of electroacoustics, instruments, and chant. Some of this work can be heard on her CD Astonishing Sense……….. available from and itunes. One work on it, for electroacoustics and violin, was performed at the Congress for the International Alliance of Women Musicians in Beijing in 2008. Susan has combined Gregorian chant with Ableton Live in the works Salve Regina Electronica - (New Zealand Electroacoustic Symposium at Auckland University 2009) and Ubi Caritas Electronica - (9th International Festival of Women Composers in Indiana, Pennsylvania, 2010). Other notable works include Suffering, for Ableton Live, giant shadow puppets, and live signal processing, (Australasian Computer Music Conference, Auckland, 2011). In 2010-11, Susan worked with improvising musicians who played a range of instruments from classical to indigenous to electronic, in an ensemble called Let the Art Sing. .They came together under Susan's direction to create structured improvisation around high quality art. During this time she also produced a semi-regular radio show for Radio New Zealand on electroacoustic music. She currently lives in Melbourne, where her spiritual and social justice leanings are satisfied by her work at Urban Seed, The Big Issue and the Carmelite Library, (coordinator of a spiritual reading group). She is a citizen of Canada and New Zealand and has degrees in experimental music and theatre, ancient languages, and theology. She is a member of the Canadian Music Centre, The New Zealand Music Centre (SOUNZ) and Socan, and was a founding member of both The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology and the Canadian Electroacoustic Community. She is a research associate for Waikato University, NZ and teaches Acoustic Communication online for Simon Fraser University, Canada. Her music is available from, itunes and

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Astonishing Sense
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