Gemma Peacocke is a US-based composer from New Zealand. She writes music that seamlessly combines electronics with acoustic instruments and voices. Her multimedia song cycle, “Waves + Lines”, based on Eliza Griswold’s book I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan, premiered in June 2017 at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn with the support of a commission from the Jerome L Green Foundation, and it also was premiered in Australia by Rubiks as part of the Metropolis Festival at the Melbourne Recital Centre in April 2018. Her song cycle “Pacific”, for chamber choir, piano four-hands and electronics was premiered by the Tudor Consort at the National Cathedral in Wellington, New Zealand, in September 2017 with the support of a PADET grant and recorded by Radio New Zealand.
Gemma often collaborate with filmmakers, choreographers, and theatre practitioners, including with Australian director Benita de Wit on Undrown’d, a play about asylum seekers held in offshore detention centers, which has been presented in two seasons in New York. She is a cofounder of multidisciplinary arts company Anothershore, developing a new work about refugees held on Manus Island by the Australian government. She has collaborated with renowned choreographer Sylvain Émard and emerging choreographers Kyle Mullins and Fairul Zahid. She was the Creative New Zealand Edwin Carr Scholar for 2014 and 2015 and a 2015 Bang on a Can composition fellow. Gemma was awarded the NYU Steinhardt prize for Graduate Composition in 2016 having completed a Master of Music in Composition with Julia Wolfe on a Walter Reinhold Scholarship. She spent the autumn of 2015 studying at the Institute for Music/Acoustic Research and Coordination (IRCAM) in Paris, and is am currently a Ph.D. candidate in composition at Princeton University. Her music has been performed in New Zealand, Australia, Austria, Brazil, the United States, and Denmark.