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Claire Deak

Claire Deak


Claire Deak is a composer living and working on Wurundjeri Country in Naarm (Melbourne).

Claire’s music is propelled by a limitless curiosity. As a multiinstrumentalist and instrument collector, her music blurs genre to focus on affect, narrative and the sounds themselves. She is an intuitive musician who works primarily by ear and feel, though brings a wealth of training, including an MA in screen composition, to her composition practice.

Balancing the paradox of authorship and collaboration, Claire has created scores for the big and little screen, as well as theatre and installation. She has also toured and recorded with bands as multiinstrumentalist and vocalist, and has performed on and made arrangements for local songwriters alongside composer-producer Tony Dupé.

In late 2020, Claire released her debut album the old capital in collaboration with Dupé (saddleback) on US label Lost Tribe Sound. A humble yet ambitious instrumental album, the old capital was embraced by radio and reviewers alike, making it into US Rolling Stone’s end of year top ten list.

Claire has attended multiple artist residencies to generate new work, most recently Composers Plus Lithuania (2019) and Modern Composition with Gavin Bryars at CAMP France (2018).

She is currently working on a solo album which reconsiders a recent score she created for a short film, as well as an album warping two baroque women composers into the now, collaborating with their scant historic traces.