Biography

Bree van Reyk is an Australian percussionist, drummer, composer and sound artist.

She has toured and recorded extensively throughout Australia and around the globe with the likes of Paul Kelly, Holly Throsby, Sarah Blasko, Lior, Katie Noonan, Darren Hanlon, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and many other songwriters and ensembles. Bree is long-standing member of Ensemble Offspring, Associate Director of Synergy Percussion, and was 2015 Artist in Residence at Campbelltown Arts Centre. Her projects at Campbelltown last year saw the creation of a new work, In Stereo, with Brussels-based artist Kate McIntosh, and MASSIVE BAND with 100 High-School girls and women musicians.

With visual artist Lauren Brincat she has created new work for AGNSW, MCA, GOMA, MOFO, Next Wave and Performance Space with a particular focus on large-scale performative works including 2014's No Performance Today which featured the NSW Police Band, and 2013's Blood & Fire with 50 tambourine players.

 

As a composer Bree has been commissioned by Shaun Parker Company, Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Dance Company, the MCA, NOMAD Percussion, and fashion designer Bianca Spender. Bree has also developed several musical installation works such as an interactive Melody Fence with designer Elliat Rich for Ross Park Primary School in 2011, and Arbor Sonata with Chloe Goldsmith for Dress-Up Attack and Malthouse Theatre's crafternoon series in 2013.

Bree is currently co-producing new albums with Toby Martin, Annie McKinnon and Jess Green and created the soundtrack installation for The Pool - Australia's exhibition at the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2016.

 

 

Extended Biography

Bree van Reyk (1978, Townsville, QLD) is a Sydney-based percussionist, drummer, sound artist and composer with a diverse and varied practice which sees her maintain a full-time schedule of performance and composition engagements as a solo artist and in collaboration with many of Australia’s finest musicians and ensembles. 

Thus far in 2016 Bree has been commissioned by the Sydney Festival for a large-scale installation work, 1000 Bells, for their Parramatta program and performed at Hobart’s mofo festival with her solo one-on-one work, Wall of Sound, as well a new duo program with Ensemble Offspring. Bree also recently performed at the NOW now festival and the Earopund women’s music festival and is about to play shows in Sydney and Melbourne with singer-songwriter, Sally Seltmann. In February 2016 Bree will tour to the U.S. with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as a special guest performer in The Reef alongside other guest artists such as Stephen Pigram, Jim Mogenie and Brian Ritchie. In April 2016 she will again tour with the ACO, this time with Synergy Percussion on a national tour of a joint program, Cinemusica. Following the ACO tour Bree will be concentrating her efforts on the completion of the composition, recording and installation of the musical soundtrack for the Australian Pavillion at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture in May, The Pool, where she will also be performing live for the opening ceremony and various VIP events for Australian and international dignitaries. Later in 2016 Bree will collaborate with The Letter String Quartet from Melbourne who have commissioned her to compose a new work for them, and perform with them in a concert program also featuring Mick Harvey. A new duo project with Veronique Serret has also been booked to perform in a concert series at Trinity Grammar School in March of this year. 

In 2015 Bree was invited to be Artist in Residence at Campbelltown Arts Centre which saw the creation of two new works/projects - In Stereo, an hour-long ‘sound-choreography’ piece made in collaboration with Brussels-based artist Kate McIntosh, and MASSIVE BAND which saw 100 High-School girls and women musicians from all over Sydney performing in one big rock band together. At present Kate McIntosh and Bree are looking at options to re-mount, re-develop and present In Stereo in Europe for late 2016 or 2017. Bree is also in conversation with musicians in Melbourne about presenting MASSIVE BAND there later in 2016. 2015 also saw the re-mount of a collaborative performance work, No Performance Today, for Performance Space’s Liveworks festival featuring the NSW Police Band. Performance Space commissioned Bree to create Wall of Sound for Liveworks, which she premiered at Carriageworks to sold-out audiences prior to a similar sold-out season at mofo.

In April and November 2015 Bree travelled to Germany, Sweden and Luxembourg as percussionist/collaborator in Shaun Parker’s Am I production, which previously toured all the major Australian festivals in 2014. Other engagements in 2015 included Sydney Festival (Puncture with Legs on the Wall and Vox); Canberra International Music Festival (solo artist); musical direction and performance of Xenakis’ Pleaides with Synergy Percussion for the opening of the UTS Frank Gehry designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building; a national tour as drum-set player with Lior; a week-long residency mentoring students at the Australian National Academy of Music; a two-week residency at Tanz Fabrik in Berlin; a solo performance in Berlin; the premiere a new collaborative work, Earth Cry, with Synergy Percussion and Noreum Machi from Korea at Melbourne’s Supersense festival; and the premiere performance of a new duo project with violinist Veronique Serret (ACO, Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Joanna Newsom) presented by the Silo Collective and featuring new works from Australian composers Nick Wales, Kate Moore alongside some of Bree’s own pieces.

 

 

Over the past 15 years Bree’s professional career has seen her tour and record extensively throughout Australia and around the globe as drum-set player with the likes of Paul Kelly, Holly Throsby, Sarah Blasko, Grand Salvo, Lior, Katie Noonan, Darren Hanlon, Mama Kin, Toby Martin, Sally Seltmann, Alyx Dennison, Megan Washington and many other songwriters. 

Bree has been a core member of Synergy Percussion for the past 10 years, and last year was appointed as Associate Director. Synergy Percussion is Australia’s longest running contemporary music group with a 42-year history, and during her time with Synergy Bree has played the music of Steve Reich for the great composer himself (Sydney Opera House, 2012), played on several Synergy recordings, made numerous live broadcasts for ABC Classic FM and Radio National’s Music Show, performed in the United States, China, Korea and all around Australia, as well as mentoring young and emerging players at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and through the Sydney Youth Orchestra.

Bree has concurrently been a core member of Ensemble Offspring (EO) for the past 15 years during which time she has also made several recordings, played at many major festivals around Australia, and toured the UK and Europe. Bree was invited to curate two concert programs for EO; Lecture on Commitment in 2010 which was based on the work of John Cage and featured many of Sydney’s leading musicians and visual artists; and Minor Works in 2014 which commissioned new pieces for Primary School bands. EO have commissioned a new work for EO in 2017.

Over the past 7 years, Bree has made several collaborative works with visual artist Lauren Brincat. Most recently the pair were commissioned by Sydney Festival to create 1000 Bells for their Parramatta season 2016. 1000 Bells saw the hand-making of 1000 ceramic bells through a series of community workshops. After several months of collaborating with a diverse range of Sydney communities, the 1000 bells were eventually brought together in a large-scale installation housed in a gloriously giant gum tree in Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta, for the duration of the festival. With Brincat she have also created new work for AGNSW, MCA, GOMA, MOFO, Next Wave and Performance Space with a particular focus on large-scale performative works including 2014's No Performance Today for Performance Space and the MCA’s Sonic Social series, which featured the NSW Police Band (remounted in 2015 for Performance Space’s Liveworks), and 2013's Blood & Fire which saw 50 untrained tambourine players come together in a choreographic/music performance in the AGNSW foyer.

As a composer Bree have been commissioned by Shaun Parker Company (Happy As Larry, 2010), Bell Shakespeare (King Lear, 2010), Sydney Dance Company (Love Installment, 2008), the MCA (No Performance Today, 2014; Education promo film music, 2015), NOMAD Percussion (New Work, 2013), and fashion designer Bianca Spender (2014 & 2015 Australian Fashion Week shows; 2016 Woolmark International Fashion show, New York). 

Bree has developed several musical installation works such as an interactive Melody Fence with designer Elliat Rich for Ross Park Primary School in 2011, and Arbor Sonata with architect/designer Chloe Goldsmith for Dress-Up Attack and Malthouse Theatre's Crafternoon series in 2013.

Bree is also currently co-producing new albums with Toby Martin (Youth Group), Annie McKinnon and Jess Green which are all due for completion in 2016.

Bree completed a Graduate Diploma in Screen Music at AFTRS in 2015, received a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance with First Class Honours from the ANU in 2000 and is currently researching options to undertake a PhD.