Luke Carbon is a Melbourne-based clarinet, saxophone, and woodwinds player with a passion for new music and new venues. He studied with Paul Dean and David Thomas at the Australian National Academy of Music during 2015-2016 and was awarded a Master of Music Research (Griffith University), the Musica Viva Chamber Music Prize for a performance of the Sextet by Penderecki, and the ADFAS Melbourne Prize for Outstanding Program for his exploration of third stream music, including the Australian premiers of works by Gunther Schuller and William Russo.
He has appeared with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria as clarinetist, bass clarinetist, and saxophonist, and has performed as a doubler on professional productions of West Side Story, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Sound of Music, PARIS - A Rock Odyssey, and My Fair Lady. As a new music specialist, Luke has performed with Ensemble Offspring, Kupka’s Piano, Syzergy Ensemble, Rubiks Collective, ELISION, and the Mute Canary Project. He has appeared on multiple occasions at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, at which he was a featured lecture recitalist in 2016 for the Australian premiere of José Miguel Fernández’ Dispersion des trajectoires for baritone saxophone and electronics. He has also appeared at the Crossbows Festival, at which he performed Ross Edwards’ Ecstatic Dances for the composer. He was a member of Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Academy in 2017, and will tour a new chamber arrangement of Tan Dun's Water Concerto for Musica Viva in Schools in 2018.
He is a fluent improviser and jazz artist, and has performed with Adam Rudegeair’s Bowie Project, Eddie Perfect and Iain Grandage, the Queensland Conservatorium’s Con Artists, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Idea of North, and his own groups. He is a founding member of the popular Brisbane brass band BULLHORN, and his solos and arrangements feature on their album Players/Sounds. He has performed with Dubmarine, Lotek, and Darky Roots, and has appeared at festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Island Vibe, and Noosa Jazz Festival. He has been recorded on clarinet and saxophone for radio and television broadcast for the ABC, the MBS networks, and triple j.
Luke is the founder of the popular Brisbane chamber music series Paint it Red and ran it from 2013-2016 alongside co-producer Molly Collier-O’Boyle. Together with Jugglers Art Space curator Peter Breen, they produced over a dozen successful events at which many pieces of visual reactionary art were produced alongside performances by musicians including Graeme Jennings, Vanessa Tomlinson, the Arcadia Winds, and Steve Newcomb. It is the only concert series in Brisbane to date to combine freestyle graffiti art with classical chamber music, and the series continues in Brisbane, now run by RUE arts.
Luke produces the popular classical music talk show podcast The Up-Bow Down-Low alongside co-producer Kenny Keppel for the Australian National Academy of Music, whose guests have included Douglas Boyd, Richard Gill, and Simone Young.
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