About the blog: We all love music. I do too. Here you’ll find words, sound and vision about music in performance. And performance in music. You’ll discover all sorts of general topics from songwriting, playwriting, recording to performing, and some more specific coverage of Composed Theatre, creative development, and screen in live performance through my own creative practice, past present and anticipated.
About me, David Megarrity: I’m a freelance artist and academic working out of QUT in Brisbane, Australia. The things I do include playwriting, composition, songwriting, filmmaking, performance, teaching, research and postgraduate supervision.
SELECTED AWARDS AND SHORTLISTINGS
Winner Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, Finalist Rodney Seaborn Playwriting Award, Finalist Queensland Music Awards, Finalist Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, Finalist Inscriptions Edward Albee Scholarship, QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (Innovative and Creative Practice), Children’s Book Council of Australia: Picture Book of the Year Notable Book, Winner Brisbane International Film Festival Fast Film Competition, Nomination: APRA Screen Music Awards: Best Music For A Documentary, Official Selection Cannes International Film Festival, Finalist Queensland Theatre Company’s George Landen Dann Award, Best Actor Queensland New Filmmakers Awards, Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship, Most Original Script Queensland New Filmmakers Awards, State finalist National Campus Band competition
In the disquiet of our times it is heartening to know that such a deceptively simple, comforting performance has the ability to engage and engross. seesawmag
Like any first-class art or great children’s book, The Empty City expertly treads that fine line between playful ambiguity and tight thematic focus Courier Mail
SELECTED FILM/THEATRE SOUNDTRACKS
‘a beautiful recording’ ABC Radio National
“a refined, understated ambient scaffolding” Performingartshub
Ukulele Record of the Year Ukulelehunt
IN EXPERIENCE, WARMWATERS (Warmwaters), OPTIMISM, BAUBLES: A UKULELE CHRISTMAS, GENTLEMEN SONGSTERS, BEAR WITH ME, UKULELE HEART (Tyrone and Lesley), SOUNDS FROM THE EMPTY CITY (David Megarrity) SONIC LOOM (David Megarrity and Brett Collery), REASONS TO STAY, TENDER DOCUMENT (The Goodbye Notes), COLLECTED RECORDINGS 1994-1996 (Friends of the Iguana), CORE SAMPLE (Watertower)
THE FIGURES, BACKTHENRIGHTNOWLATERON, BUTTER FLY STOP, NEPTUNE’S BASKET
Screenings include Cannes Film Festival 2000 – Official Competition, Base-Court, Lausanne 2006, Woodford Film Festival 2005, Westgarth Film Festival 2005, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, St Kilda Short Film Festival, London Film Festival, Sitges Festival de Cinema de Catalunya, Brisbane International Film Festival (Opening Night), Melbourne International Comedy Festival and many others
Doctor of Philosophy, Master Of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Arts
TEACHING AND RESEARCH SUPERVISION
Senior Lecturer in Drama (part time), Queensland University of Technology. Specialising in creative collaboration, practice-led research, theatre for young audiences, creating new works of Composed Theatre