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Rhyan Clapham : Associate Artist

Photo of Rhyan Clapham

Rhyan Clapham's family is from Brewarrina on Ngemba land, and he is a member of the Murrawarri Republic in Weilmoringle, NSW. Rhyan has completed Bachelor of Music at the University of NSW, and an Indigenous Studies Honours (focusing on Aboriginal hip hop music) in 2015. A rapper and drummer, he has performed for various events such as Kevin Hunt's 'Our Music' concert at the Sydney Conservatorium, at Yabun NCIE, UNSW corporate and academic events, Koori Radio events and at NAIDOC. In late 2017, Rhyan Clapham was announced as recipient of the 2018 Peter Schulthorpe Music Fellowship for an emerging composer, as part of Create NSW Arts Fellowships.

Biography provided by the composer

Collaborated with



Mentored by

Christopher Sainsbury


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
1770 : voice with piano (2020) Commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program
Digital sheet music sample Talk To Me, I'm Listening : soprano with ensemble (2018) Commissioned by Ngarra Burria First Peoples' Composers Initiative
Digital sheet music sample Pitara Yaan Muruwariki (quartets: flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone, cello) (2017) Commissioned by Ngarra Burria First People's Composers Initiative for Ensemble Offspring