David Kotlowy is an Adelaide-based composer who has worked in cross-cultural and cross-discipline collaborations for over 30 years.
His recent work, Patina, a cross-cultural collaboration with calligrapher and visual artist, Juno Oka, and choreographers, Ade Suharto and Shin Sakuma, premiered at OzAsia Festival 2018. Featuring Kotlowy's music for gamelan, shakuhachi and electronics, Patina is a ‘complex and multi-faceted piece... [that] evolves almost into a hypnotic work that speaks not only of the transient beauty of nature but also those senses of imperfection, the other world of memory and our fragile position in it all.’ (Peter Maddern, Kryztoff RAW), that has been shortlisted for the Adelaide Critics Circle Award for Innovation (2018).
Other recent compositions include Mitithi, "a haunting and ultimately quite devastating vocal meditation on the desolation of Indigenous people, ... a very significant new work," which was premiered in September 2014 by Halcyon Ensemble and Soundstream Collective, and the song-cycles Koibitotachi (for tenor & guitar) and Lagu Cinta (for soprano & tenor voices and gamelan ensemble) premiered in OzAsia Festival 2013.
He and choreographer Ade Suharto produced In Lieu for OzAsia Festival 2011, Adelaide, and the production had its European premiere in Gamelanathon, 25th Anniversary of the Southbank Gamelan Players, London, July, 2013, and subsequent performance in Selebrasi! Celebration of 20 years of Gamelan in Otago, New Zealand, 2015.
David's international profile includes Australian representative at 21st and 22nd Yogyakarta Gamelan Festivals (2016, 2017), Australian representative at Gamelan Composers Symposium, SOAS, University of London, and ISCM World Music Days (2014), performances at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank London (2013), composer in residence with Marga Sari (Osaka City University) and Dharma Budaya (Osaka University), featured composer at the Space Ten Music Festival, Osaka, 2008, and presenter at A+A: Arts+Access Conference, Osaka City University, (2008).
As the recipient of the 2008 Arts SA-Bank Of Tokyo Mitsubishi Japan Travel Fund, David undertook intensive study of the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) with renowned sensei Kaoru Kakizakai and Atsuya Okuda, in Japan in 2009.
David's music-theatre work includes Excavation - The Last Days Of Mankind (Dir. Michael Kantor) for the 1996 Adelaide Festival, and productions in the 1994, 1995 and 1996 International Barossa Music Festivals. He collaborated with the Indonesian artist and puppeteer Heri Dono for multi-media productions Ose tara lia - I see nothing (OzAsia Festival 2008), as well as in 2007 (The Dream Republic, South Australian School of Art), and 2006 (Shadows In The Dark, Flinders University).
David's compositions have been performed in the 1992, 1996 and 1998 Adelaide Festivals. He was Co-director of The Firm, presenting concert series of new music annually from 1998 to 2005, and, with David Harris, artistic director of the inaugural earin festival of experimental music in Adelaide, 2012.