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Karlin Love

Karlin is perpetually looking for surprises: for herself, for performers, and for audiences. She aims to gently extend and expand traditional sound worlds and provoke greater democracy in ensemble music-making. She is a multi-instrumentalist, improvisor and composer, who plays clarinet, bass clarinet, and guitar in classical, jazz and experimental styles. She also plays marvelous leather instruments with The Chordwainers and the Tasmanian Leather Orchestra, in particular the saxophone-style bowhorns and the 18-string Tasmanian Mountain Harp. The instruments were made by the late Tasmanian sculptor, Garry Greenwood.

She has been a frequent festival performer and collaborator for MOFO, Ten Days on the Island, JunctionArts, Beaker Street, Darebin, Cygnet Folk Festival, New Zealand Lute Festival, and the National Folk Festival, working with the Chordwainers, Colin Offord, Ron Nagorcka, Sonja Hindrum’s electrified SCOBY, Mapatazi all-female guitar onslaught, Launceston Improvised Music Association and many more. She also works with local theatre companies and activations of visual art and science exhibitions.

Karlin has been commissioned by numerous Tasmanian and Australian performers, notably saxophonist Jabra Latham, Clarion214 clarinet quartet, lutenist Susan King, and the University of Tasmania Community Music Program. Her works have been played by ensembles in Australia and the USA, Taikoz, Trio Spilleart (France) and others. She is a fully-represented composer with the Australian Music Centre and published by Wirripang. In addition to composing, she is a teacher, community provocateur, curator and producer. She has produced and co-produced many projects, workshops, and performances including for MOFO, the Launceston General Hospital, University of Tasmania, Mapatazi, Tamar Peace Festival, and Launceston Improvised Music Association. Over the years she accumulated a few degrees (PhD, MA(hons), BMus, BA).

Karlin will be performing on The Journey (Saturday), at Summerleas Farm.