Cello Riot - composer/performer
Classical training  underpins Cello Riot's  solid technique, caramel sound, love of music, and emotive communication through performance. Clare studied with Australian cello guru, Nelson Cooke, from the age of 12. She has a Bachelor of Music in Performance, with first class honours, from the University of Melbourne, gained in 1995. Clare's early post-tertiary study was funded by the Ian Potter Foundation, the E.V.Llwellyn String Fund, Australian National Academy of Music. She studied with to Walter Despalj at the Zagreb Academy of Music. She has performed at masterclasses and received tuition from some of the world's greatest cellists, including David Strange, Madame Tortelier and Ralph Kirshbaum.  She pursued further tuition with Australia's finest teachers including Michael Goldschlagger, Gaorg Pedersen,  and Rod McGrath. She has played with the Sydney, Melbourne, West Australian, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and with contemporary Art Music ensembles such as Elision, the Spring Ensemble and Aphids. She is an accomplished Chamber Music musician, coached and mentored by such greats as Donald and Jane Hazlewood, Carl Pini, Goetz Richter, She performs regularly with the Riverina Conservatorium of Music as part of the RCM Concert Series.
Classically trained, rock bred, with heavy electronic dance music influences,  Cello Riot amalgamates styles to create music for moods. A seasoned professional performer, with over 20 years industry experience, Clare Brassil emerges as Cello Riot in 2015, after many years searching for a convincing partnership between the classical cello discipline that shapes her, and the non-classical electronic, innovative sounds of the music she loves. Cello Riot started her experimentation with looping through an experiment with Bach's 3rd Cello Suite. She takes each half of each of these exquisite dances, and loops it, adding layer upon layer of harmony and dissonance, to create a sonic landscape. Her loopy Bach is a post-modern homage to 400 years of  compositional innovation. The next steps on her compositional journey are inspired by the learning environment of her secondary school students. As she delves deeper into cognitive process, teaching and learning, emotion and music, and technologies for music-making, she is more and more amazed by power of texture and sound in music that moves us.
Clare has a colourful background in rock, film, and contemporary music. She has performed with Barbra Streisand, Kanye West, Katie Noonan, Lior, Missy Higgins, Kasey Chambers, Kim Salmon, Rob Hirst, Leonardo's Bride, and David Campbell. She has recorded for Lior, Gelbison, The Sleepy Jackson,  Gomez, Antenna, Dave Faulkner, The Whitlams, Jimmy Barnes and Josh Pyke. Clare worked extensively as a sought after session musician in both Melbourne and Sydney, recording for innumerable television commercials and films such as Skin, Moulin Rouge, Anaconda, The Castle, Newcastle and many more. She has played for many musicals at Sydney's Lyric and Capital Theatres, including The Lion King, Showboat, Fiddler on the Roof and West Side Story.