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Moses Kington-Walberg : Associate Artist

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Moses Kington-Walberg (b. 2001) grew up in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia (Ballardong, Yued, and Whadjuk Noongar country). His practice spans composition, experimental and improvised music, field recording, and cross-disciplinary collaboration, underpinned by a fascination with free and extemporised sound. His music often explores concepts of liminality, environment, and emergence, resulting in soundworlds that are textually driven and vibrant. His current work intimately engages with Australian ecology, studying ecosystems around the country for their complex, dynamic, and expansive sound profiles.

Moses completed a Bachelor of Music - Honours (achieving First Class) at the University of Melbourne under Elliott Gyger, and a Bachelor of Music at the University of Western Australia under James Ledger. Other composition mentors he has studied with include Lachlan Skipworth, Melody Eötvös, Miriama Young, Stuart Greenbaum, and Olivia Davies. Moses is also an alumnus of creative development programs including those with the Australian Youth Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian Art Orchestra.

Recent projects include a Bundanon artist residency, performances with Amos Roach and Johanna Selleck's Reimagining Landscapes project series, and commissions with FORM: Building a State of Creativity in collaboration with Boorloo/Perth based sculptor Susan Flavell. Other previous collaborators include STRUT Dance, the Melbourne Women's Choir, John Keene, Jasper Ly, Drew Pettifer, Ashley William Smith, Jonathan Fitzgerald, and Shaun Lee-Chen. Moses' work has been recognised with awards including the Dorothy Ellen Ransom Prize in Musical Composition (2021), the WA Symphony Orchestra Bendat Scholarship (2021), and the Ellinor Gertrude Harris Bequest (2023).

As a trombonist, Moses primarily works with an extended practice developed throughout his studies in First Nations culture and the Didgeridoo. His playing reflects the teachings of Elders and cultural practitioners from Ballardong Noongar, Whadjuk Noongar, Djab Wurrung/Gunditj Mara, Ngarrindjeri, and Wägilak Yolŋu descent. His current Didgeridoo work is guided by his collaborations with Amos Roach.

Outside of his main focuses, Moses undertakes projects as an amateur director and producer. He has run events with The Blue Room Theatre, the WA KickstART Festival, the University of WA Conservatorium of Music and Music Students' Society, the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, and the University of Melbourne. Moses is the co-artistic director of Resonant Fields with Victor Arul, an improvisation ensemble project established in 2021.

Biography provided by the composer — current to March 2024

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Atlas : String quartet and percussion (2023) Commissioned by FORM: Building a State of Creativity for their 2023 exhibition "Storm the Gods and Shake the Universe"
Untitled (Tracing Moonlite) : Fixed tape with recorded flute and field recordings (2022) Commissioned by Drew Pettifer.