Dean Stevenson is a musician and composer of 17 years in Tasmania hailing from a strong performance background. A graduate from UTAS with a Masters of Music, Dean has received a Winston Churchill Fellowship 2018 for a composition research project across 4 countries. Dean has performed and recorded in ensembles across Australia and is the founder of the Arco Set Project Orchestra. He has released several solo projects (In Time, Arco Set, The London Suite), and produced new music for Sting in collaboration with MONA (On With The Show).
He has composed works for film (Sixteen Legs, featuring a collaboration with Kate Miller-Heidke), and theatre (You and Me and the Space Between). Live projects involve many festivals including Mona Foma, Dark Mofo (Tim Passes, a full symphonic song cycle), Ten Days on the Island, Melbourne Sydney Darwin and Brisbane festivals.
He also performs in Tasmania with the popular band Les Coqs Incroyables and has recorded and performed with Strings and soloists from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, Dean was commissioned by the Governor of Tasmania to write a new work to celebrate Her Majesty the Queens 90th birthday.
Composer website: deanstevenson.com.au
Lullaby for string sextet with piano and vibraphone.
Lullaby was written in London in October 2014 during a mentorship with John Metcalfe (Peter Gabriel – New Blood). I wrote several pieces culminating in the LONDON SUITE which express the change in my ears during that month. Each piece is a memory, or feeling during my London sojourn, but not intentionally programatic for anyone other than myself. Think of them as underscore for a film that is made of your own memories. Originally I wanted to just number them rather than title them, so as to avoid any suggestion of hewn might hear it. But upon reflection, I don’t think it gets in the way.
Featured in Dream Waves playlist, December 2017