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Erik Griswold : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Changing Faces : large jazz ensemble by Erik Griswold, from the CD Water Pushes Sand


Photo of Erik Griswold

Photo: Greg Harm

Artist website: http://www.erikgriswold.org

Artist website: http://www.clockedout.org

Erik Griswold is a composer and pianist working in contemporary classical, improvised, and experimental forms. Particular interests include prepared piano, percussion, environmental music, and music of Sichuan province. Originally from San Diego, and now residing in Brisbane, he composes for adventurous musicians, performs as a soloist and in Clocked Out, and collaborates with musicians, artists, dancers, and poets.

His music has been performed in Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Festival, OzAsia Festival, and Brisbane Festival, among others. He is a recipient of an Australia Council Fellowship in Music, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, and numerous individual grants. He collaborates with musicians Steven Schick, Margaret Leng Tan, Soundstream Collective, Decibel Ensemble, Zephyr String Quartet, Ensemble Offspring, and many others. His music can be heard on Mode Records, Innova, Room40, Move, Clocked Out and Immediata. Dragon Ladies Don't Weep, composed for Margaret Leng Tan, won the Work of the Year Dramatic, APRA AMCOS Art Music Award 2020. His piece Water Pushes Sand, for the Australian Art Orchestra, was finalist for both an Aria Award and Art Music Award.

Together with Vanessa Tomlinson, Griswold directs Clocked Out, creating original music for prepared piano, percussion, found objects, and toys. Their albums include Time Crystals, Foreign Objects, Water Pushes Sand, and Every night the same dream. Clocked Out also produces innovative concert series, events and tours, for which they received two APRA-AMCOS Awards and two Green Room Awards (2000).


Erik Griswold — current to June 2022

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2021 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Dramatic Finalist Dragon Ladies Don't Weep
2016 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Jazz Finalist Water Pushes Sand
2010 International Rostrum of Composers Rcommended work

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Hollows out of time : piano quintet Commissioned by Bruce and Jocelyn Wolfe for the launch of Lagavulin, a new chamber music venue in the forest at Harrigans Lane, 1 April 2018
Digital sheet music sample Dragon Ladies Don't Weep (dramatic music) (2020) Created for Margaret Leng Tan in collaboration with Chamber Made and CultureLink Singapore.
Pandemic (audiovisual work) (2020) Commissioned as part of the '2 Minutes From Home' project by Decibel New Music
Action music 2 (septets: keyboard, percussion, string, woodwind) (2017) Action Music 2 was created with generous support from the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund.
Action music : flexible instrumentation (2013) Commissioned for Ensemble Offspring, Clocked Out with funds provided by Australia Council. Created for The Listening Museum, a collaboration of Ensemble Offspring and Clocked Out.
Digital sheet music sample Mendax redcats : baritone voice with chamber ensemble (2013) Commissioned by Mutable Music for the New York-Montreal Quartet.