I'm 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 and Maria Kaoutzani, 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 was 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 a concerto with Kinds of Kings for Eighth Blackbird and the Cincinnati Symphony, a piece for Nathalie Joachim and the Bang on a Can Marathon called Fear of Flying from the poem by the Pasifika poet Teresia Teaiwa, and an opera with the phenomenal Berlin-based Kiwi writer Alice Miller and director Benita de Wit. 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!

Gemma Peacocke, Brooklyn, New York


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