Amanda Stewart is a poet, author and composer/performer for voice. She has created a diverse range of publications and performances in Australia, Europe, the US and Japan working in literature, music, sound poetry, broadcasting, theatre, film, dance and new media environments. Within new music and sound art, Stewart has developed a unique approach to composition, improvisation and extended vocal technique where she incorporates her own philosophical, linguistic and poetic formulations/constructions (and abstractions) within music, body and voice. She sometimes uses the term ‘extended language techniques” to describe some of these new forms. Since leaving her full time job as a producer/presenter at ABC Radio in 1994, she has worked freelance as a writer, composer, performer dividing her time between Sydney and Europe. She has performed in a diverse range of festivals including Weltklang, Berlin, Ars Electronica, Linz, the Geneva Festival, Poetry International, Rotterdam, Proposta, Barcelona, Ensci, Paris, Experimental Music Festival, Copenhagen, So Ho Festival, NYC and the Tokyo Sound Poetry Festival and received a number of awards and commissions including voice composition commissions from Donaueschinger Musiktage, the Bayerischer Rundfunk, Wittener Tage Festival for New Chamber Music, an Åke Blomström Award, Stiftung Kulturfonds grant, UN Association of Australia Media Peace Prize and her book and CD set of selected poems and vocal works, I/T, won the Anne Elder Poetry Prize. She also enjoys collaborating with other musicians and artists and is a cofounder of the Australian ensemble, Machine For Making Sense (established 1989) and the Netherlands trio, Allos (1995).
Currently based: Sydney, NSW, Australia