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Gold Coast composer awakens the sounds of nature

August 2, 2021

Hungering for more nature and a bit more stillness, composer Dr Corrina Bonshek relocated to the Gold Coast from Sydney six years ago.

“I wasn’t quite sure what was going to happen, but strangely my composing sped up,” says Corrina.

“I think there’s something about having just a little bit more spaciousness, maybe mentally. Visually, I look out on the horizon each day. It’s restful. And I find I can do more than I used to be able to do in Sydney”.

Arriving to the sunshine state just prior to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Corrina was in a cohort of artists involved in the City of Gold Coast’s first ever GENERATE GC program, designed to support local artists and creative practitioners to develop new site specific work.

As a result of the program, Corrina’s contemporary classical work ‘Song to Earth’ featured at Festival 2018 as part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“That had a major impact on my career,” Corrina explains.

“Before that, I’d never pitched a work to a festival, and now I consider that part of what I do. It’s something I probably wanted to do for about 15 years prior – I just didn’t know how to do it. So, for me it was pretty transformational”.

Corrina is now preparing to present her latest work at the Gold Coast’s contemporary arts festival, BLEACH*.

“The idea for Tower Divas really came from sitting on the banks of the Nerang River and hanging out on Chevron Island as part of the BLEACH* Blue Sky Residency,” says Corrina.

“I was kind of listening into that place and imagining what could be. Almost like listening for something that didn’t seem to be there at that moment.

I had this idea of a towering female presence, like the skyline, but actually a huge voice that was sort of channeling the energy of the river and creating healing”.

“Two vocalists came to mind. One of whom was Gold Coast ‘Sonic Weaver’ Whaia, and the other was Sunny Kim. So, I’m really delighted to have both of those in the project – plus third powerhouse singer, Gambirra”.

Recent COVID-19 developments across South-East Queensland have forced the cancellation of BLEACH* for August 2021, with the festival set to return in 2022. Stay up to date with festival news by visiting the BLEACH* website

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