Solomon Frank

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Solomon Frank is a queer improviser and composer whose practice includes cross-species musical collaboration and time travel. Solomon receives emails from the future including music and musical instructions written by future humans and entities to perform and carry out in the present. Some of these works have been performed by Ensemble Offspring, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows, Kirkos Ensemble (Ireland), double bassist, Will Hansen, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, E-Mex Ensemble (Germany) and his own group, Ensemble Onsombl.

These fictional concerts provide a frame for listening, a way of situating art music and making audiences aware of their own cultured ears. His improvisational practice expands upon the clarinet, replacing parts of the clarinet with other objects, homemade aluminium and plastic reeds, hoses, vacuum cleaners, watering cans and water. He performs regularly with the Splinter Orchestra, percussionist, Niki Johnson as Throat Pleats, a gendered musical power play performance that draws upon animal impulses and BDSM, and his aquatic duo with saxophonist, Charlie Sundborn, Baptism, who perform musical rituals at waterways around Sydney to mark the seasons.

Queer Workshop Intensive participating artist as part of the Queer Development Program 2020/21

Instagram @sollyfrank

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