David Chesworth´s Kompositionen und Soundinstallationen waren in Australien, Amerika, Europa und Japan zu sehen und zu hören, u.a. beim Ars Electronica, Festival D'Automne de Paris, Edinburgh Festival, Australian Perspecta, Melbourne International Festival, Adelaide Festival, Sydney Biennale und bei SoundCulture. Gemeinsam mit Sonja Leber gründete er Wax Sound Media. Gemeinsam realisieren sie Sound- und Multimediainstallationen für Kunsträume, Museen und öffentliche Plätze.
Lives in Melbourne.
Director, Wax Sound Media.
David Chesworth's distinctive compositions and sound installations have been performed and exhibited extensively in Australia as well as the Americas, Europe and Japan. Major festivals which have featured his work include Ars Electronica, Festival D'Automne de Paris, Edinburgh Festival, Australian Perspecta, Melbourne International Festival, Adelaide Festival, Sydney Biennale and SoundCulture.
He often collaborates with Sonia Leber through Wax Sound Media, recently creating a major sound installation for the public space surrounding Sydney's Olympic Stadium. They recently made work for Museum of Sydney, Melbourne's Immigration Museum and Museum of Victoria. Chesworth's work has also been performed and exhibited at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and National Gallery of Victoria.
Chesworth is currently completing a major new opera for Opera Australia. His first opera, Insatiable, was completed in 1986. Since then, he has worked regularly with Melbourne's Chamber Made Opera (works include Recital, The Two Executioners and Lacuna), and with the Melbourne Festival (works include Domepiece and Sabat Jesus).
Southgate, scored for the 1991 Southgate opening in Melbourne, received an international Prix Ars Electronica award. Sabat-Jesus was selected to represent Australia in the 1994 Paris International Rostrum of Composers. Insatiable received the 1988 ATOM Award for Most Innovative Film, and The Two Executioners received the inaugural Age Performing Arts Award for the Most Outstanding Fringe Performance. He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1997.
Established in 1994, the eight-piece David Chesworth Ensemble has released two CDs, Badlands (W.Minc through EMI) and Exotica Suite, featuring Chesworth's compositions. Performances include the Melbourne Festival and the Sydney Spring Festival of New Music. New York performances later this year include BAM's Next Wave Festival and the Bang on a Can Marathon. http://www.waxsm.com.au/ensemble
From 1978-1982 Chesworth coordinated the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre in Melbourne, a centre for experimental music, performance, film and video. As a solo performer and with groups like Essendon Airport (1978-83), he performed extensively during this time.
(last update: april 2001)