Dan Thorpe is a queer Performer//Composer based in Adelaide, South Australia.
Influenced by everything from queer punk to American experimentalism, Dan Thorpe’s music “decimat[es] the boundaries of genre” [CutCommon, 2016]. His broad base of musical experience is reflected in a curious, experimental and genre defying compositional and performance output linked together by a love of storytelling and sense of irreverence for existing forms.
As a composer, Dan’s work has been performed as part of highSCORE Festival [IT], Fresh Minds Festival [Tx, US], Æpex Ensemble’s Soundsystem Takeover [US, Mi], and he has had works premiered by Ensemble Offspring[AU, NSW], Soundstream Collective [AU, SA], the Australian String Quartet [AU], Kelsey Walsh [US, Ca/DE (Berlin)], and Conrad Tao [US, NY]. His work was an inaugural winner of the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund, the Major Commission prize of Soundstream's Emerging Composers' Forum, and a finalist in the Fresh Minds Festival [Tx] and South Australian Music Awards. As a performer, he has performed around Australia and Internationally at iconic experimental venues (from Sydney’s Red Rattler and Melbourne's Testing Grounds to San Francisco’s Center for New Music and New York's Spectrum), has self released an LP and EP, an EP on thiswaterfallisyours and a tape on 3BS records. He was named emerging artist of the year in 2016 by the Adelaide Critics' Circle. He holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours (Sonic Arts/Composition) and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Adelaide.
Complementary to his practice, Dan teaches at the University of Adelaide, Audio Describes for Access2Arts, and volunteers for Peak Australian Youth Mental Health Body headspace. He is committed to and invigorated by the intersections of practice, community, and radical queer politics.