“Australia’s most versatile clarinettist” Real Time 2014

Aviva Endean is a performance-maker, clarinettist and composer interested in expanding the audience experience of sound by creating intimate, unusual and spatially engaged contexts for listening. She challenges standard forms and contexts for performance in order to create new and unexpected ways of engaging with her work. Her performance practice spans a wide variety of musical styles and performance contexts including experimental and improvised music, theatre, creating immersive sonic environments, chamber music, folk music and inter-arts collaborations.

Aviva is the recipient of numerous Awards and grants including the prestigious Freedman Music Fellowship, JUMP mentorship program, the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling scholarship, the Willem Van Otterloo memorial award, the Atheneum prize for chamber music and the Lionel Gell Merit award. Her work has been nominted for the EG music Awards ‘best Avant-garde/experimental act’ 2013, and the Aria Awards ‘Best World Music album’ 2014.

Her recent original works include the ‘Intimate Sound Immersion‘, a performance for one blindfolded person at a time (You Are Here festival, The Village festival, Camp Elsewhere) ‘In the Half Light’, a show for solo clarinet and immersive lighting design (presented by ASTRA as part of the JUMP mentorship program) ‘A Face Like Yours’ a sound work for video, foam earplugs and viewer (selected for Sydney Contemporary Art Fair) ‘Dual Rituals’ for clarinets and percussion (Bendigo International Festival for Exploratory Music) ‘The Perfect Human’ for 3 acapella female vocalists and lo-fi lighting (presented by Chamber Made Opera as part of their Little Operations events), ‘Domicile’ a performance installation work inhabiting a family home (New Music Network mini series) and ‘Hapnophobia’ a site specific participatory work for 5x5x5 at the Melbourne Arts Centre.

In 2014, Aviva was awarded a Professional Partnerships scholarship (MCM/VCA/Art Vic), which enabled her to work as emerging artist in residence at two of Melbourne’s most exciting music organisations, ASTRA, and Chamber Made Opera.

Aviva’s performance career has taken her around the world including collaborative projects in Indonesia and Japan, tours to major festivals in Europe, the USA, Canada, New Zealand and the UK as well as across Australia.

Her collaborative and freelance projects have included work with Quiver New Music ensemble, The Barons of Tang, Zulya and the Children of the Underground, Prophets, Mamushka, Tania Bosak and the Barefoot Orchestra, Chamber Made Opera, Arcko Symphonic Project, Golden Fur, Aria Co, The New Music Network, Aphids, Astra Chamber Music Society,  Chamber Music Australia, Sydney Chamber Opera, Ensemble Offspring, Slave Pianos, Madeleine Fylnn and Tim Humphrey, Out Hear, A is for Atlas, 6 Degrees, Geoff Robinson, Three Shades Black, Golden Fur, Musica Viva and performances for festivals including Metropolis, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Tokyo Experimental Festival, Tziget, WOMAD, Liquid Architecture, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, and The Melbourne Festival.

Eager to discover new sounds and work on the creation of new work she has premiered and commissioned work by numerous composers including Wojtek Blecharz, James Rushford, David Chisholm,Chris Dench, Helen Gifford, James Rushford, David Chisholm, Luke Paulding, Simon Charles,  Alexander Garsden, David Chesworth, Natascha Anderson, Mark Andre, Rebecca Saunders, Pierluigi Billone, Klaus Lang and Olga Neuwirth and collaborated with improvisers including Jim Denley, Dale Gorfinkel, Carolyn Connors, Jenny Barnes, Matthias Schack-Arnott, Jon Heilbron, Rebecca Lane, Werner Dafeldekker, Chris Heenan, Lizzy Welsh, Rohan Drape and The Phonetic Orchestra.