Dr Peter Knight - Development, Process and Context

Peter Knight is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for his eclectic approach, which integrates jazz, world music & experimental approaches. 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. In 2013 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra.

Perpetually curious, Peter’s practice defies categorisation; indeed he works in the spaces between categories, between genres, & between cultures developing an international following for his work with ten albums in as many years showcasing a diverse range of ensembles and approaches: “Hard to categorise... hauntingly memorable” The Wire (UK). Peter is the recipient
of numerous awards and nominations including an Australia Council Music Fellowship, two Bell Jazz Awards, APRA/ AMC Art Music, and Green Room Theatre. He holds a doctorate from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and was awarded 2013 Alumnus of the Year.

This paper traces the development of a series of solo works for trumpet
and electronics undertaken during the completion of my DMA at Queensland Conservatorium. Through a reflective and intersubjective account of the creative process this paper describes a cultural context for this activity based on my experience as a trumpeter/composer living and working in Australia while also taking account of broad movements in contemporary music particularly in improvised forms. This sheds light on specific aspects of Australian music culture and practice and offers a rich backdrop for listening to the music created during the course of this research.

From The Outstanding Field: Artistic Research Emerging from the Academy - A Symposium. 19th — 21st of March 2015.