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Advisor Profiles

Michael Barkl – Contemporary Popular Music Advisor

Michael Barkl

Michael Barkl was educated at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, and continued his studies at the University of New England, Sydney College of Advanced Education and Deakin University. He holds a Bachelor of Music (composition and double bass), a fellowship diploma in composition, a Master of Music with honours (composition and musicology), a graduate diploma in education (secondary music teaching), and a PhD in musicology.

As a performer, he played the Sydney rock venues from the Stage Door Tavern to the Bondi Lifesaver in the late 1970s before becoming a freelance bass player in the early 1980s. He has worked with such diverse jazz artists as George Golla, Roger Frampton, and Mickey "T-Bone" Tucker. In the 1990s he performed Sri Lankan music on sitar for various Sri Lankan national celebrations.

His compositions include cabaret music and musicals as well as concert music for orchestra, chamber ensemble and solo instruments. His commissioned works have been performed in Australia by groups such as Synergy, Elision, the Seymour Group and by the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris. Solo piano works have been performed by Sally Mays and Michael Kieran Harvey.

Michael was a pioneer of contemporary music education in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and has been head of the music department at the Illawarra Institute of Technology since 1987. He was a core member of the curriculum team that developed courses in contemporary music and vocational classical music for TAFE NSW.

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