CURRICULUM VITAE – Linsey Pollak

Musician, Instrument Maker, Composer, Musical Director.

2016

– facilitator at HONK Fest Oz

– performed “Live and Loopy” – Qld, Amsterdam

– performed “Dangerous Song” Qld & WA

– TED speaker at TED Vancouver

– Led World Record Largest Carrot Clarinet Orchestra at Nederlands Klarinet Festival

– performed with Loop Lab – Brazil Now Festival – Sao Paolo and Salvador

2015

– facilitator at HONK Fest Oz

– performed “Calls across the Island” for Tasmanian Int Arts Fest (10 Days on the Island)

– performed with Dva – Fairbridge Festival WA, NSW, Qld

– performed “Live and Loopy” Macedonia, Berlin, France, Switzerland, China, Australia.

– showcased “Live and Loopy” for Artour and APACA

– Creative Development for “Novalaya” with Parvyn Singh, josh Bennett and Tunji Beier

– developed and performed “Dangerous Song” with Lizzie O’Keefe

– co-ordinated and performed with The Unusual Suspects – Qld and NSW

– tutor at  “Music on Magnetic” Music Camp

– organised tour of Uska Kan Orkestar, Etno Malesh and Maleshevski Zurli from Macedonia in Qld

2014

– performed “Live and Loopy” at TEDx Sydney Opera House / Austria  / Qld

– co-produced and performed “This Little Life” at Aust Perf Arts Market – Brisbane Powerhouse

– performed with “Dva”,  “The Unusual Suspects” and “Slavka & Zivko”

– tutor at  “Music on Magnetic” and “RhythmSong” Music Camps (Qld & WA)

– Musician in Residence at Das Haus des Staunens – Gmund, Austria

– composed, produced, recorded and performed “Mrs Curly and the Norwegian Smoking Pipe”

2013

– performed solo show “Live and Loopy” (Macedonia, Austria, New Zealand, Cygnet Folk Festival etc)

– worked on “This Little Life” (Creative Development)  with Mark Bromilow

– Marimba installation at WOMAD NZ

– Developed and performed “Slavka and Živko” duo with Nadia Sunde

– devised and performed “Cries across the water” solo performance piece for the Floating Land Festival

– Macedonian Gypsy Brass Band workshops – Rockhampton/Yeppoon

– digital Sound Playground project at Australind, WA

– performed with  “The Unusual Suspects”

– performed with “Nomades des Seins” in Austria

– 30th Anniversary of establishing KULCHA (formerly known as The Nth Perth Ethnic Music Centre)

– recorded “The Unusual Suspects” and “Slavka and Živko” cds

2012

– recorded “Ancestry” cd with Dva

– moved to Maleny, Qld

– worked on “This Little Life” (Creative Development)  with Mark Bromilow

– performed solo show “Live and Loopy” (National Folk Festival, Fairbridge Festival, Village Festival etc)

– Macedonian Gypsy Brass Band workshops – Rockhampton/Yeppoon

– “Make some Noise” Community workshops in Geraldton, WA

– devised and performed “The Dream of Zedkat Nabu” at Woodford Folk Festival (Qld performance of the year – APRA)

– established “The Unusual Suspects” Maleny based Community Street Band

2011

– performed “Breath on a Single Reed”

– performed with “Dva” and “Shopska Salata” at WOMAD NZ

– performed “Passing Wind” (NZ – Auckland, Christchurch Festival and Wanaka “Festival of Colour”)

– worked on “Falling like a Bird” (Music Theatre – Creative Development)

– Community workshops in Geraldton, WA

– devised and performed solo show “Live and Loopy” (Bellingen Global and Woodford Folk Festivals etc)

– performed at TEDX (Brisbane)

– worked on “This Little Life” (Creative Development) with Mark Bromilow

2010

– composed and performed “Breath on a Single Reed”

– devised and performed “Funky Junk” ( Portugal, Switzerland)

– co-directed “Recycling Grooves” (Mellingen, Switzerland)

– artist in residence at  ‘American School in Japan’  (Tokyo)

– performed with “Dva” at Parramasala Festival (Sydney)

– performed “Dream It! Make It! Play It!” at AWESOME Festival (Perth)

– worked on “Falling like a Bird” (Music Theatre – Creative Development)

2009

– The Cycologists  perform at Sydney Festival Opening Night Party

– performed Passing Wind (Playmakers Festival, Brisbane, Nelson Arts Fest NZ, Tauranga Arts Fest NZ

– Devised and performed “The Extinction Room” (Singapore NUS Arts Fest and Tauranga Arts Fest NZ and Woodford Folk Fest)

– worked on “Falling like a Bird” (Music Theatre R+D)

– toured and performed at street Festivals in France, Austria, Italy

– The Cycologists performed at Graz Int Street Festival (Austria)

– built and installed sound installation “Riverview” for Brisbane Festival

– CYCOLOGY tour of Canada

2008

– The Cycologists Adelaide Fringe Opening, WOMAdelaide, Brisbane Festival

– CYCOLOGY tour to Canada & Singapore

– devised and performed “Passing Wind” (Aust Science Fest)

– devised and installed “Frog Forest”  Brisbane River Festival

– SQUIRT at Floriade, Canberra

2007

-composed and performed solo show CYCOLOGY (Wellington NZ, Nelson NZ, Tauranga NZ, WA, Qld, ACT, Woodford Folk Fest)

-performed The Lab in Wanaka, NZ

-performed with qwerty (Tasmania, Sydney, Qld)

– SQUIRT at Fairbridge Fest WA

– performed with Dva (Sydney Conservatorium residency and Aust Museum)

– residency at Townsville Music Centre

– devised and performed “The Wishing Well” at Woodford Folk Fest

2006

-composed and performed Papers of a Dead Man (premiere – Brisbane)

-performed “Making Jam” (Singapore Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Tokyo)

-performed “The Lab”  Seoul

-performed “SQUIRT” Singapore

-composed and performed “Lost and Found” for Lane Cove Youth Orchestra

-devised and created “Yesterday Tonight” at Woodford Folk Festival

2005

-devised and performed SQUIRT at EXPO – Nagoya, Japan, Qld Music Festival and Austria.

-performed The Lab in Kanazawa, Japan and in New Zealand

-performed with Dva at Aust Int. Music Market

-performed Making Jam at Australian Science Festival

-toured with Dva and Making Jam to Mercado Cultural, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

2004

– performed “The Lab” at Sydney Festival, APAM, Brisbane Powerhouse, Seattle and Vancouver

– Musical Director for final parade at WOMADelaide

-performed “Making Jam” in Seattle, Vancouver and Tokyo

-Co-ordinated “Messages of Hope” – Brisbane

-performed with VOX and Michael Leunig – Noosa Long weekend Festival

-Musical Director/Composer for SPLASH Festival – Maroochydore

2003

-Australian tour with “Ross Daly & Friends”

-performed with “Dva” for Sydney Film Festival and Festival of Asian Music

-Devisor and instrument maker  for Qld Biennial Festival of Music “Sound Forest”

-performed “The Lab” for Qld Biennial Festival of Music

-performed solo show “Making Jam” in Korea and Woodford Festival

-Director / composer / performer for “Horse to Water” – Wataboshi Int. Music Festival

2002

– Artistic Director of REV Festival (for experimental musical instruments) – Brisbane Powerhouse

-performed “The Art of Food” in Brazil / Korea / Europe

-performed with “Dva” and Ross Daly in Germany

-devised and performed “The Voice Collector”

2001

-Musical Director for Queensland’s Centenary of Federation Brisbane River Parade

-Devisor/Maker/Composer/Performer  for Qld Biennial Festival of Music “Forbidden Forest” and “Big Foonki”

-Toured “The Art of Food” solo show to Seattle International Children’s Festival and Festivals in Europe

-Toured with Tunji Beier as “Dva”  in Qld and NSW

-Australian tour with “Ross Daly & Friends”

2000

-Toured Korea/Belgium/Holland/Spain/Germany with “The Art of Food” and “20 Sets of Headphones”

-spotlight performer at Australian Performing Arts Market in Adelaide with “The Art of Food”

-performed “The Art of Food” at Festivals in Perth, Cairns, Thredbo and Ingham

-Co-director and performer in “The Alchemy Project”

-Directed “Celebrating Diversity” multicultural workshop Festival in Gympie Qld

-Directed “A World of Difference” multicultural mini-fest at Woodford Folk Festival

1999

-Solo show – “The Art of Food” Hong Kong Fringe Festival, Brisbane Biennial, Tablelands Folk Festival.

-Performed ”Playpen” – Toronto (Canada), Come Out Festival (Adelaide), Sydney Opera House

-Musician -in – Residence at  QUT Music Dept. & Rockhampton Fringe Festival

-Featured Artist at “Baby Proms” (Sydney Opera House)

1998

-Toured with “Xylosax” – NZ Int Arts Fest, National Folk Fest, Cygnet Folk Fest, Bellingen Global Carnival

-“Knocking on Kevin’s Door” tour (Vic Arts Council / Qld Arts Council & NSW)

-Devisor/Composer/Performer – solo show “Playpen” (Out of the Box Children’s Festival -Brisbane)

-MD/Composer/Performer “Bim…BamBoo!!” -Brisbane Festival

– Solo show –  “The Art of Food” – Woodford Festival

1997

-“Out of the Frying Pan” – Sydney Opera House Bennelong Programme, “ Moomba” and “Take Over” Festivals

-Solo show “Knocking on Kevin’s Door”- Japan, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Woodford Festival and Brisbane Biennial

-Musical Director of “Extempore” for Qld Perf. Arts Centre Education Programme

-European Tour with “Xylosax” (France, Switz)

-Border Crossings multicultural project in Bayreuth (Germany)

-Devised, composed and performed “Bim…BamBoo!! (Woodford Festival)

1996

-Performed “Out of the Frying Pan” for Festival of Sydney

-Directed “Out of the Box” Festival Opening Event (Brisbane)

-“Xylosax” European Tour  (Britain, France, Switz, Italy.Greece)  plus Adelaide Fest of Arts and Sydney Royal Agric Show

-Designed and built “The Music Box” (sound installation) for “Out of the Box” Festival and The Brisbane Festival

-Artist-in-residence for the National Conference of Australian Arts Councils

-Devised and performed “Knocking on Kevin’s Door” (Aust. Perf. Arts Market  & Woodford Folk Festival)

1995

– Australia Council CCDB Artworkers Fellowship

– Co-ordinated and  performed with “Slivanje” – National Cross Cultural Ensemble at Womadelaide Music Festival.

– Designed and  Co-ordinated “The Big Marimba” – Community Music Project for the Brisbane Biennial Int.Music Fest

– Composer for documentary “Art of Place – Hanoi Brisbane Art Exchange”

– Performed with “Slivanje” “Balkan Bop” & “Xylosax” for QPAT, Warana Festival & Bellingen Global Carnival.

– Australia Council PAB Music Committee member & Music Council of Australia member

-Artist in Residence/Visiting Lecturer – John Bolton Theatre School

-Musical Director for Woodford (Maleny) Folk Festival Fire Event

1994

– Composer and Performer with Doppio Teatro “Filling the Silence” for Adelaide Festival  of Arts.

– Musician-in-Residence for Brisbane Ethnic Music and Arts Centre and for Mallacoota Arts Council.

– Devised, composed and performed “Out of the Frying Pan” for “Out of the Box” Festival (Brisbane).

– Artistic Director of Cross Cultural Music Project “Joy” for Multicultural Arts Trust of South Australia.

– Music Director and Composer for “Meet me at Kissing Point” – Community Dance and Music Project (Dance North, Townsville).

– Performed  at World Of Music Festival in Brisbane with Slivanje & with “Xylosax” at Bunbury Festival , Western Australia.

1993

– Musician in Residence at ScienceWorks, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne.

– Composer, Musical Director and Performer with Doppio Teatro, “Filling the Silence” (Brisbane Biennial).

1992

– Artistic Co-ordinator and founder of “Slivanje” (performed WOMADELAIDE & Brisbane World Music Festival).

– Composer and Musical Director for “ Festa di Nozze”, Doppio Teatro, 1992 Adelaide Festival.

– Tutor at the “Art of Celebration”  Conference, Bathurst.

– Musician in Residence for Mackay Arts Festival &  Mallacoota Festival, Victoria.

– Performed Solo Show “Bang it with a Fork” in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

– Performed with Paranormal Music Society in Nth N.S.W. , Maleny Folk Festival, and recorded for ABC Radio.

1991

– Exhibitions of Musical Instruments at Queensland Potters Gallery , McWhirters Artspace and Qld. Museum.

– Co-ordinated Cross Cultural Music Project “Selengi” for Brisbane Ethnic Music and Arts Centre.

– Musician in Residence for Mallacoota Arts Council, Victoria  & for Innisfail Arts Council Cultural Fusion Project.

– Composer for “Festa di Nozze”, Doppio Teatro, Adelaide.

– Performed with Balkan Bop & Paranormal Music Society in Melbourne, Mt Isa and Maleny Festival.

1990

– Performed at Melbourne International Festival , Salamanca Arts Festival and Warana Festival with Paranormal Music Society.

– Creative Artist in Residence at the National Music Camp.

– Musician in Residence with Street Arts Community Theatre Company, Brisbane.

– Ran Training Workshops in Nth. Qld. for Community Arts Network.

– Woodwind Instrument Maker based at Gympie.

1989

– Composer/Musical Director for “Ricordi”, Doppio Teatro, Adelaide.

– Musician in Residence for Ethnic Music Centre of W.A. – established Cross Cultural Ensemble “Sangam”.

– Worked with Paranormal Music Society and Entracte Theatre, Sydney.

– Instrument Maker in Residence for Brisbane City Council in the Brisbane City Gardens.

– Studied Greek Clarinet in Northern Greece, & worked as Street Performer in Europe.

– Exhibited Woodwind instruments in France and London.

1988

– Musician in Residence for Multicultural  Artworkers Committee, Adelaide. Set up “Cafe Musica” (Adelaide Fringe).

– Musician in Residence, Filef Italian Community Theatre Group, Sydney.

– Performed with Renaissance Players.

1987

– Woodwind Instrument Maker, Adelaide.

– Organised, Performed and Toured  Nationally “Seaweed and Wire” Adelaide, Perth,  Broome, Darwin, Alice Springs and Sydney.

– Performed with Paranormal Music Society in Tasmania, Adelaide and Sydney.

– Co-organised the Second National Pipers Convention.

1986

– Co-produced Multicultural Dance & Music resource materials.

– Performed with “Churinga” (Multicultural music) in Tasmania and NT & Paranormal Music Society in Sydney & Hobart.

– Musician in Residence with Darwin Migrant Resource Centre (Cross Cultural songwriting project).

– Organised first National Pipers Convention.

1985

– Co-founded and toured with “Tall Stories” for WA Arts Council (Kimberleys).

– Ran songwriting and music workshops in Darwin and Broome.

– Performed with “Churinga” (Tasmania).

1984

– Co-ordinator of the North Perth Ethnic Music Centre.

– Co-ordinated the first Perth Ethnic Arts Festival.

– Performed with Makedonski Bop (Balkan), Tea Break Saxophone Band, Bate pra tu (Brazilian) and The Anatolian Music Group.

1983

– Founded & Co-ordinated The North Perth Ethnic Music Centre (now the Multicultural Arts Centre of WA).

1982

– Toured with “Out of Our Trio” for WA Arts Council & School of The Air (outback stations in WA).

– Initiated large outdoor weekly Macedonian community Dances (Sydney).

– Performed with Multicultural Folk Bands “Tanseys Fancy”, “Rabadaki” and “Strantsi”.

1981

– Performed at St Chartier Festival (France).

– Travelled in Europe, working as Street Performer and continuing study of Macedonian Music.

1980

– Worked with “The Elastic Band” running Drama Camps for WA Dept Educ. (specialising in songwriting).

1979

– Co-ordinated Australian Tour and performed with “Orkestar Grupa Pecalbari” (from Macedonia).

– Worked with Pipi Storm TIE team (NSW & WA Schools).

1978

– Performed at Bitola Festival (Macedonia)

– Performed with Zivko Firfov Macedonian Band and the Early Music Centre Dance Band (London).

1977

– Worked as Woodwind instrument maker in London for two years.

– Studied Macedonian bagpipes (Gaida) in Skopje and travelled in Macedonia for seven months.

1976

– Travelled in Europe studying Early woodwind instrument making and measuring instruments in museums (Aust Council Grant).

1975

– Co-founded “Pipi Storm” Community Arts and Theatre in Education Company (Sydney).

1969

–  first there were “The Hootentwangers” then “The Rajazz” followed
by this high school band: “Eclectic Odium” (1969) photo below.