Josephine Macken


Josephine Macken’s work has been performed by numerous ensembles, including the SCM Wind Symphony, Sydney Composer’s Ensemble and co-founded ensemble Glass Half Phil. Josephine has worked under guidance from Stanhope, Barbeler, Blinkhorn and Smetanin, single-handedly managed and marketed new music events and contributed work to radio broadcasts. She is an experienced flautist and chorister, having performed with the SCM Chamber Choir and directed high school ensembles. She currently teaches in schools, performs in and composes for numerous ensembles and manages events for the Sydney Steinway Piano Gallery in between her studies.

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Fluttertalks, for open instrumentation (3 flutes and 3 clarinets).

“Fluttertalks is scored for open instrumentation. Through a structured improvisatory style, it explores the inherency of communication and mutual collaboration in the natural world.”

Featured in Temporal Waves – July 2017, curated by Mark Wolf.

Death of a Naturalist, for voices.

“The fattening dots burst into nimble swimming tadpoles.”

Featured in Fragile Waves, June 2018

Canticum Novum, for tenor solo, piano, harp, cello, double bass and electronics.

This song cycle is a study of the Psalms in 7 genres, according to Longman’s analyses. The title translates to ‘New Song’, an allusion to Psalm 96, which constitutes a divine endorsement of new music. The macrostructure of the work is an abbreviated consideration of David’s life.

Featured in the playlist Vocal Waves II – August 2019.