ABOUT ME

Hi! I am a composer and I live in Brooklyn, New York. I grew up in New Zealand and my childhood bedroom in Hamilton was occupied before me by Richard O'Brien (who wrote the Rocky Horror Picture Show). I hope I get to meet him one day.

My song cycle, Waves & Lines, which was adapted from Afghan women's folk poems in Eliza Griswold's book I Am the Beggar of the World, is available as a studio album now on New Amsterdam via Bandcamp or on CD

 

Along with Shelley Washington, I'm co-founder of Kinds of Kings, a composer collective focused on amplifying under-heard voices and producing immersive and transporting new music shows. Kinds of Kings is an artist-in residence at National Sawdust in 2019-2020 with our season, Equilibrium and Disturbance.

Before moving to the US I worked in arts administration and project management for almost a decade. I've lived in Austria, England, France, and Japan. In addition to my music degrees, I also have a degree in English Literature, and any time I get to interact with writers and theatre people I find myself in my happy place. I also studied industrial design once upon a time and I mostly use the skills I learned to design posters and draw pictures of dogs.

WHAT I'M UP TO

I'm currently working on several projects that I'm really excited about including a new piece called Sky-Fields for Melbourne's Rubiks Collective, a piece called Seven Sermons to the Dead for New York-based Irish pianist Isabelle O'Connell, percussionist Nicole Patrick, and electronics, and a concerto with Kinds of Kings for Eighth Blackbird and the Cincinnati Symphony. I'm also a PhD candidate at Princeton University.

If you are Richard O'Brien or just want to get in touch, email me here

Me

Photo by Whitney George

Gemma Peacocke, Brooklyn, New York

maxandraschapman@gmail.com

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