Composer Speaks with Dorothy Ker
Metaphor as compositional method
Dorothy Ker (born 1965) is a New Zealand-born composer of instrumental and vocal music who has lived in the UK since 1992. She is known for her inter-disciplinary collaborations and experimentation with live electronic music performances. She studied at the University of Auckland with John Rimmer. She emigrated to the UK in 1992, and completed a PhD in composition at the University of York. Following her graduation, she took up a position at the University of Reading, and then later moved to the position of Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield.
In 2008, a collaboration with the mathematician Marcus du Sautoy resulted in the creation and performance of a piece of experimental music, The 19th Step. The research with du Sautoy was later the basis for a mixed-media theatre piece produced in collaboration with the sculptor Kate Allen in 2010. In July 2013, she began a year-long position in Wellington, New Zealand, as a Research Teaching Associate at the New Zealand School of Music. Ker's music has been heard at international festivals in Auckland, Belfast, Darmstadt, Huddersfield, Perth, Taipei, Seoul, at the International Society for Contemporary Music, in London and on BBC Radio 3 and Radio New Zealand.
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About the series:
Professor Martyn Harry and Jennifer Walshe convene this series in which visiting composers discuss their work.