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Daniel Portelli is an art music composer whose music has been performed by Tracensemble, Soundstream Collective, Adelaide Philharmonic Choir, Two New Duo, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tamara Anna Cislowska, ESMUC Ensemble, Claire Edwardes, Liu Ying, and by a robotic piano named RHEA. Portelli was awarded a PhD in composition at the University of Huddersfield (United Kingdom) with principal supervisor Professor Liza Lim and co-supervisor Professor Peter Ablinger. He completed a MA (Hons) at Western Sydney University (WSU) in Australia with Associate Professor Bruce Crossman. Portelli was the winner of the Winston Music ECF commission at the Soundstream Emerging Composers’ Forum when his music was selected by a jury.

His music involves a particulate instrumental vocabulary with interweaving lines of granulations; microtonality, the use of found objects, instrument building, video sketch processes, text and graphic scores, corporeal-based music, and theatricality. His work has been featured on multiple playlists by Making Waves, a monthly curated series that features Australian art music. These include: Hyperbodies in November 2016, A Sense of Space in December 2018, and Memory Tape in February 2019.

A journal article is scheduled for publication with Leonardo Music Journal and MIT Press about music gesture, anthropology and his recent developments in video scoring technology and methodology. He also has had a peer reviewed article published on his quasi-musical theatre work ‘Mapping Australia’ (2014), in the fifth issue of the CeReNeM Journal (UK).

Portelli was involved in the Composition Beyond Music workshop where he exhibited an interactive video/sound installation at ESC gallery in Graz, Austria as part of Impuls Music Academy. He was a composer in residence in a 16-week multi-art-form collaboration in Western Sydney. And in 2014, he represented Australia as the Young Composer Representative at the Asian Music Festival in Tokyo and Yokohama. His music is published to a CD called ‘Playing with Fire’ released under the label Wirripang Media Pty. Ltd, part of a series of electro-acoustic compositions performed by highly acclaimed Australian pianist Tamara Anna Cislowska.

He is currently the unit coordinator and casual lecturer in digital musicianship at Western Sydney University.

I recognise and pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, their ancestors, the elders past, present and future from the different First Nations across this country. I acknowledge the importance of connection to land, culture, spirituality, ancestry, family and community for the wellbeing of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

I am committed to actively supporting organisational initiatives that drive gender and cultural equity and removing systemic barriers. 

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