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About Hanli Sean Botha

Sean is a composer, sound artist, performer, poet, researcher and writer. He is currently a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University - School of Humanities and Communication Arts, and delving into the world of sound, silence and the textures found within these spaces of classical music. He completed his Bachelor of Music in Performance - Classical Guitar, in 2014 and obtained her B.Mus. - Honours in 2015. He composes electronic works, by means of improvisation which include voice, noise and sound recordings, and experimental pieces for classical guitar. Sean’s music background stretches over a period of 29 years, and include performance experience at a number of Eisteddfods in South Africa, and again when he completed his music degree in Australia between the years of 2011 and 2014. He has performed with other guitarists, and wind instrumentalists. Composing for guitar and violin, viola, cello, and wind instruments is something he is continues to experiment with various sounds.

Sean's compositional focus is on natural sound, silence, and quiet spaces, in order to create textural pieces filled with expectation and emotion. He uses improvisational and aural techniques to bring the sounds together and cohesively. He performed two experimental pieces which include pre-recorded electronic sound and inharmonic percussive sound on the guitar at the Creativity Unlimited Festival on 02/09/2016 at Western Sydney University – Australia. He followed this up with a performance of six pieces of music, combining field recordings and electronic sound at the Electrofringe Festival 22/10/2016 in Sydney, Australia. His most recent performance at the Tilde New Music Festival – 21/01/2017 in Melbourne includes a full series of seven pieces of pre-recorded electronic sound with live percussion. 

He has a passion for 20th and 21st century music, experimental music, music history and theory and of course his creative writing endeavours. He is currently working on a number of projects which include a written series of works which focus on the transgender community and his own personal experiences within the LGBTQIA+ community as a transgender individual himself. He’s had a series of articles published in 2016 on the LOTL Music Blog platform, specifically focusing on female artists, and two articles published in Resonate Magazine – Australian Music Centre and Australian Poetry respectively.     

Sean is also currently working towards raising funds for the premiere entitled - 'Secrets through a soundglass' which is part of his research project. Daniel Thorpe, Christina Green, Peggy Polias, Catherine Golden and Felicity Wilcox is currently writing new classical music for string instruments which will be premiered in Penrith, New South Wales in February of 2018 by the Australian Art Quartet, Dan Thorpe and Christina Green on piano and Catherine Golden on the double bass.