A/PROF Linda Kouvaras

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Positions

  • Academic

Research expertise

  • Contemporary western music (including Australian); sound art; popular music of the 1960s-80s; original composition; piano music (modernism and postmodernism; gender issues in music)
A/Prof Linda Kouvaras is a musicologist, composer and pianist. She holds a continuing position in Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, the University of Melbourne, and publishes in contemporary music, both classical and popular, focusing especially on Australian music, postmodernism and gender issues in music. After several years in the late 1970s and early 1980s playing in rock & New Wave/Punk bands and for theatre productions, Linda resumed classical piano studies in the UK in 1984, returning to complete her studies under A/Profs Ronald Farren-Price and Max Cooke, culminating in a Masters Degree in Piano in 1991. Her research work was supervised by Dr Brenton Broadstock, Dr Naomi Cumming, and historian Dr David Goodman and led to her PhD in Musicology in 1996. She has taught in tertiary Music since 1989.
Linda Kouvaras's publications appear in all of Australia's musicological journals and in international forums. A substantial Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant (2005-08), where she was co-Chief Investigator, led to her monograph, https://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409441564 (Ashgate, 2013). This book was awarded the Rebecca Coyle Publication Prize in 2014 for the "best publication representing popular music in the Australia-New Zealand region in a given year" through the International Association for the Study of Popular Music – Australia / New Zealand. It has also garnered several reviews, all favourable, and has led to invitations for Linda to speak in public forums. She is co-editor (with Graham Hair & Ruth Lee Martin) of the journal (2007–) Current Issues in Music.
Recordings of her works and piano performances appear on Move Records, with the ABC and independent release; they receive frequent radio broadcasts. Her compositions are played at recitals and festivals nationally and internationally. She has full composer representation with APRA-AMCOS and also publishes with Reed Music. Her solo CD is Kouvaras: PianoWorks (Move Records, 2000) and the most recent CD recording to feature her music is The Sky is Melting (Marianne Rothschild, Violin and Glenn Riddle, Piano, on Move Records, 2014). Linda has enjoyed several artist-in-residence stays at Bundanon, the Boyd Estate in NSW, 1999–2010.
Linda Kouvaras is resident Academic Coordinator in Music and Performing Arts at Ormond College, the University of Melbourne and has tutored in Music there since 1993. Linda examines in piano for the Australian Music Examinations Board and maintains a robust piano teaching studio.

Subjects she is currently teaching at the MCM are Impressionism to Postmodernism in Music (with A/Prof Michael Christoforidis); Sex, Death and the Ecstatic in Music; Art-Music and Postmodernism; Music as Noise: Making Sound Art; Ragtime to Rap: Popular Music Since 1900 (with A/Prof Michael Christoforidis) and guest lectures in Music and Spirituality; the Research Process for Musicians and the MMus Teaching Masterclass. She enjoys a vibrant supervisory interaction with her PhD, MMus and Hons Dissertation students across a broad range of research areas, centring on contemporary music and gender issues.

Subject Areas

  • Music
  • Music Performance

Available for supervision

Yes.
Expertise in contemporary classical music, gender issues, Australian contemporary classical music, sound art/noise, popular music studies, the performance/research nexus; modernism, postmodernism

Contact Details

Phone Number: +61 3 8344 4606
Fax Number: +61 3 8344 5346
email: lindaik@unimelb.edu.au
Web: http://www.conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au/staff/lindakouvaras

Exhibitions

Earth Art: Fragment
Start: Wednesday, July 2nd 2014 End: Thursday, July 3rd 2014

Publications

Journal Articles Refereed

KOUVARAS L (2014), ‘Effing the Ineffable’: 1 The Work of Susan McClary and Richard Leppert and (Part of) their Legacy, Musicology Australia, Vol 36, Issue 1 , DOI: 10.1080/08145857.2014.911059
KOUVARAS L (2011), The Importance of Music to the Understanding of Interdependence: Connecting through Music, Ormond Papers, Vol XXVII, Issue 1
KOUVARAS L (2009), Toilets, Tears and Transcendence: The Postmodern Place of, and in, two examples of Australian Sound Art, Transforming Cultures eJournal, Vol 4, Issue 1
KOUVARAS L (2008), Being "In Tune with the Workings of Society": Violence, Maleness, and Two "Touching Little Ballads"., Radical Musicology
KOUVARAS L (2007), "What’s Fat, Anyway? It’s All in the Mind": Food, Mothering and Fatness in Mike Leigh’s Life is Sweet, Ormond Papers
BENNETT D, KOUVARAS L (2006), Modernist versus postmodernist aesthetics: contemporary music criticism and the case of Matthew Hindson, Musicology Australia, Vol 27, Issue 2004-2005
KOUVARAS L (2006), Issues at Stake beyond the 'insuperable melancholy longing for the unity of interpretation with experience', Musicology Australia, Vol 27, Issue 1
KOUVARAS L (2002), The Semiotic and the Symbolic in Music in Two Sweets-smearing Scenes, Australasian Music Research, Vol 6, Issue 2001

Full Written Papers Refereed

KOUVARAS L (2015), Making 'Soundmarks': Places and ecologies in contemporary sound art, Communities, Places, Ecologies: Proceedings of the 2013 IASPM-ANZ Conference
KOUVARAS L (2008), The Edges of Society: Sexual Murder and the "Normal" Male in Nick Cave's "Song of Joy"., 2007 IASPM Australia/New Zealand Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, International Association for the Study of Popular Music
KOUVARAS L (2008), Hissing at the Margins: Postmodern Mainstream Positioning in Australian Art-Music and Sound Art’, 2008 IASPM-ANZ Conference, International Association for the Study of Popular Music
KOUVARAS L (2006), Modernist and Postmodernist Arts of Noise: Part 2: From the Clifton Hill Mob to CMO's Phobia., Totally Huge New Music Festival Conference 2005, Edith Cowan University

Minor Recorded Works

ESSEX HA, KOUVARAS L (2006), … to enter the dream which includes all dreams: Four Settings of Texts by Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Australian Contemporary Chorale
KOUVARAS L (2003), St Kilda Sketch No.2, Move Records
KOUVARAS L (2002), Secrets of the Amphitheatre, Move Records

Publications of Creative Research

KOUVARAS L (2017), Beware the Drop-Bear!
KOUVARAS L (2014), Bundanon Sonata for Violin and Piano, Australian Music Centre
KOUVARAS L (2014), The Annunciation for SATB Choir and Organ, Australian Music Centre
KOUVARAS L (2014), An Elegy for Soprano and Piano, Australian Music Centre (ISBN:979-0-720144-44-3)
KOUVARAS L (2014), Anagnorisis (53 Days) for Solo Piano, Australian Music Centre (ISBN:979-0-720149-32-5)
KOUVARAS L (2014), Inflight!, Australian Music Centre (ISBN:979-0-720144-45-0)
KOUVARAS L (2014), Dusk for SATB Choir, Australian Music Centre (ISBN:979-0-720149-29-5)
KOUVARAS L (2014), Six Little Pieces for Piano, Australian Music Centre
KOUVARAS L (2014), Appropriate Me for Soprano and Piano, Australian Music Centre (ISBN:979-0-720149-34-9)
KOUVARAS L (2014), Shoalhaven Nightpainters for Piano, Australian Music Centre (ISBN:979-0-720149-30-1)
KOUVARAS L (2014), Teddy Bears' Picnic for Soprano and Piano, Australian Music Centre (ISBN:979-0-720149-38-7)
KOUVARAS L (2014), Teddy Bears' Picnic for SATB Choir and Piano, Australian Music Centre (ISBN:979-0-720149-37-0)
KOUVARAS L (2014), The Sixth Day of Christmas for SATB Choir, Australian Music Centre (ISBN:979-0-720149-27-1)
KOUVARAS L (2014), Lysistrata: they are all deserting : for solo violin for SATB Choir, Australian Music Centre (ISBN:979-0-720149-41-7)
KOUVARAS L (2014), The Lorelei for SSA Choir and Piano, Australian Music Centre (ISBN:979-0-720149-26-4)
KOUVARAS L (2014), Pressing the Flesh (Encore) for Piano Trio, Australian Music Centre (ISBN:979-0-720149-31-8)
KOUVARAS L (2014), Bundanon Sonata for Violin and Piano
KOUVARAS L (2014), Anagnorisis (53 Days) for Solo Piano
KOUVARAS L (2014), Dusk: For SATB Choir
KOUVARAS L (2014), Six Little Pieces for Piano
KOUVARAS L (2014), Appropriate me (for soprano and piano)
KOUVARAS L (2014), Shoalhaven Nightpainters, for Piano Solo
KOUVARAS L (2014), Teddy Bears Picnic for SATB Choir and Piano
KOUVARAS L (2014), Teddy Bears Picnic for Soprano and Piano
KOUVARAS L (2014), The Sixth Day of Christmas, for SATB Choir
KOUVARAS L (2014), Lysistrata: they are all deserting, for solo violin
KOUVARAS L (2014), The Lorelei for SSA Choir and Piano
KOUVARAS L (2014), Pressing the Flesh (Encore) for Piano Trio
SELLECK J, GREENBAUM S, CONYNGHAM B, YU J, KOUVARAS L, ABBOTT K, GYGER E (2013), Ern Malley Songs, Lyrebird Press
KOUVARAS L (2013), Baroque Exterior, Lyrebird Press (ISBN:979-0-9009558-9-0)
KOUVARAS L (2011), Fanfare for Brass and Percussion (ISBN:979-0-67309-963-0)
KOUVARAS L (2011), Ballad of the Singleman’s Hut (for flute and piano), Reed Music (ISBN:979-0-720109-47-3)
KOUVARAS L (2011), St Kilda Sketch (for flute and piano), Reed Music (ISBN:979-0-720109-66-4)
KOUVARAS L (2011), Lament for Helen (for flute and piano), Reed Music (ISBN:979-0-720109-67-1)
KOUVARAS L (2011), Lament for Helen (for oboe and piano), Reed Music (ISBN:979-0-720119-22-9)
KOUVARAS L (2011), St Kilda Sketch, for oboe and piano, Reed Music (ISBN:979-0-720119-21-2)
KOUVARAS L (2011), Ballad of the Singleman’s Hut (for oboe and piano), Reed Music (ISBN:979-0-720119-23-6)
KOUVARAS L (2009), Souls of Fire and the Mourning of Loss: Katy Abbott’s First Symphony - Liner Notes, ERM Media
KOUVARAS L (2006), Three St Kilda Sketches, Australian Music Centre
KOUVARAS L (2006), The Sky is Melting, Australian Music Centre
KOUVARAS L (2006), Anagnorisis (53 days): for solo piano and string orchestra, Australian Music Centre
KOUVARAS L (2006), Art & Life: a song cycle for high female voice and piano, Australian Music Centre
KOUVARAS L (2002), CD Liner Notes - 'Giants in the Land', Move Records
KOUVARAS L (2002), CD Liner notes -- 'Secrets of the Amphitheatre', for solo piano, Move Records
KOUVARAS L (2002), CD Liner Notes -- 'Dying of the Light', Move Records
KOUVARAS L, GREENBAUM S (2001), Fragments of Gratification, Reed Music

Research Book Chapters

KOUVARAS L (2011), Giving Voice to the Un-voiced “Witch” and the “Heart of Nothingness”: Moya Henderson’s Lindy. , Opera Indigene: Re/presenting First Nations and Indigenous Cultures (ISBN:978-0-7546-6989-0)
KOUVARAS L (2011), Giving voice to the un-voiced "witch" and the "heart of nothingness": Moya henderson's Lindy. , Opera Indigene: Re/presenting First Nations and Indigenous Cultures
KOUVARAS L (2009), The Psychic "Island of the Sociopath": Nick Cave as Creator-Protagonist in his "Song of Joy". , Musical islands: Exploring Connections between Music, Place and Research, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (ISBN:9781443809566)
KOUVARAS L (2009), The Outback in the Himalayas: "Island-esque" Tropes of Identity and Landscape in Australian Composer Stuart Greenbaum's Ice Man. , Musical Isalnds: Exploring Connections between Music, Place and Research, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (ISBN:9781443809566)
KOUVARAS L (2007), From Port Essington to the Himalayas: Music, Place and Spirituality in Two Recent Australian Works. , The Soundscapes of Australia: Music, Place, and Spirituality, Ashgate (ISBN:978-0-7546-4072-1)
KOUVARAS L (2004), Taking her Breath Away: A Study of Two Pop Songs. In KOUVARAS LI, LEE MARTIN R, HAIR G (Eds.), Loose Canons, Southern Voices
KOUVARAS L (2004), When the String Snaps: Two Domestic Prison Scenarios. In EWANS M, HALTON R, PHILLIPS JA (Eds.), Music Research: New Directions for a New Century, Cambridge Scholars Press

Journal Articles Unrefereed

KOUVARAS L (2010), Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: All You Need is Beatleology, Australian Book Review
KOUVARAS L (2010), Toilets, Tears and Transcendence: The Postmodern Place of, and in, two examples of Australian Sound Art, World New Music Magazine
BENNETT D, KOUVARAS L (2006), Perspectives on Postmodernism: Sampling Australian Composers, Resonate, Vol 67, Issue 1

Authored Research Books

KOUVARAS L (2013), Loading the Silence: Australian Sound Art in the Post-Digital Age (ISBN:978-1-4094-4156-4)
SELLECK J, HUGHES W D, ALVARO L, BROADSTOCK B, PURCELL K, YU J, KOUVARAS L, GREENBAUM S, HOWELL DJ, ELLIOTT M, HOWELL R, SHAWCROSS T, ABBOTT K, VINCENT A, BATTERHAM A, HSIEH A, GYGER E, PERTOUT A, NISHIO S, MCCOMBE C, CONYNGHAM B, TAHOURDIN P, INGHAM S, TENACE A (2013), Ern Malley songs / settings of The darkening ecliptic by University of Melbourne composers (ISBN:9790900955890)

Journal Articles Unrefereed Letters or Notes

KOUVARAS L (2014), 'Effing the Ineffable: The Work of Susan McClary and Richard Leppert and (Part of) Their Legacy'. Review Article, Musicology Australia
KOUVARAS L (2007), Book Review: Complete Accord by Miriam Hyde. Sydney: Currency Press, 1991., Musicology Australia, Vol 28, Issue 2005-6
KOUVARAS L (2007), Response to John Philips, Notes, Vol 66, Issue 2007
KOUVARAS L (2006), Complete Accord by Miriam Hyde, Musicology Australia, Vol 29, Issue 2005/2006
KOUVARAS L (2004), Review of 'Music, Sensation, and Sensuality' ed. P. Austin, Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, Vol 60.2, Issue Dec 2003 , DOI: 10.1353/not.2003.0154

Edited Books

KOUVARAS L, LEE MARTIN R, HAIR G (2004), Loose Canons: Papers from the National Festival of Women's Music, Canberra, 2001, Southern Voices

Journal Articles

KOUVARAS L (2003), Music, sensation, and sensuality

Creative Published Works

KOUVARAS L (2014), Inflight! For SATB Choir and Electric Bass

Performances

2013

Setting Chris Wallace-Crabbe to music, University College, The University of Melbourne, Invited speaker at symposium, ‘Travelling without Gods: Chris Wallace-Crabbe in Conversation with Australian Culture’, 31 Aug 2013, in honour of Chris Wallace-Crabbe's 80th birthday. At this event, I also performed (on piano) original song, “Why Do We Exist”, with Princes Hill Secondary School Choir. 15-mins paper, in a 1-hour session, 3-mins composition performance

2010

Lullaby for Kyle, Saint Mary's Anglican Church, 455 Main Rd, Kangaroo Point Brisbane, Concert: International Women's Day: A celebration of Australian Women composers for Voice and Piano, Zoe Taylor (Mezzo Soprano) and Elizabeth Green (Piano), 14 March, 2010
For Esmé, Montsalvat, Eltham, Melbourne, Concert by Violin-Piano Duo Marianne Rothschild (Violin), Glenn Riddle (Piano) (World Première)
Distant Lullaby, Chapter Hall, St Mary's Cathedral, St Mary's Rd Sydney, From song cycle, Art and Life, as part of International Women's Day: A celebration of Australian Women composers for Voice and Piano, Julie Taylor (Mezzo Soprano) and Elizabeth Green (Piano), (7 Mar 2010)
The sky is melting, Montsalvat, Eltham, KOUVARAS For Esme; (World Premiere), The Sky is Melting

2009

Lecture-Recital Soirée: ‘Kouvaras plays Kouvaras’, Ormond College, University of Melbourne, ‘Lament for Helen’ from The Bundanon Suite for Piano (by L. Kouvaras) 4 mins ‘Chapel’ and ‘Postlude’ from The Ormond Collection (by L. Kouvaras) 5:45 mins ‘Sketch no. 1’ from Three St Kilda Sketches, (by L. Kouvaras) 3:45 mins ‘City Views from the 6th Floor, McCaughey Court’; ‘City Views Postlude’ (by L. Kouvaras) 5:45 min

2007

Baroque Exterior (premiere performance), Harvey Mitchells Residence, Performed at Castlemaine State Festival by Simon Meadows and Dean Sky-Lucas. Performance Date: 7 April 2007.
An Elegy, Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, Performed at Merlyn Quaife's Farewell Recital, by Merlyn Quaife and Andrea Katz. Performance Date: 27 October 2007.

2003

Musica Intima: 'Art & Life', Rechabite Hall, Northcote, Melbourne, Recital of original songs and solo piano works, Linda Kouvaras (Piano), Vivien Hamilton (Soprano)

Education and Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy PhD , University of Melbourne, 1996
  • Master of Music MMus , University of Melbourne, 1991
  • Bachelor of Music (Honours) BMus (Hons) , University of Melbourne, 1988
  • Associate of Music Australia AMusA , Australian Music Examinations Board, 1986

Awards and honours

  • Recording of 1-min Work ‘60x60 Melbourne’: ‘Welcome to Melbourne’, Australasian Computer Music Conference 2014 Commission, 2014
  • Research projects, Faculty Special Studies Leave (Long) (SSP(L)) program Semester 2, 2012
  • 3-week Residency, Bundanon Artist in Residence Program, 2010
  • Full Composer Representation, Australian Music Centre, 2009
  • Co-Chief Investigator, Discovery Project: ‘Postmodernism in contemporary Australian art music: analysis and reappraisal’, Australian Research Council, 2005
  • Co-Chief Investigator: ‘Pilot Study for the First Sustained Investigation of Postmodernism in Australian Art-Music', Faculty of Arts Seeding Grant, 2004
  • Young Voices of Melbourne, Arts Victoria Commission, 2003
  • Chief Investigator: ‘Constructions of Identity in Contemporary Australian “Art” Music’, Early Career MRDG (Melbourne Research Development Grant), 2002
  • 5-week Residency, Bundanon Artist in Residence Program, 2001
  • 6-week Residency, Bundanon Artist in Residence Program, 2000
  • 6-week Residency, Bundanon Artist in Residence Program, 1999
  • To undertake Doctoral Degree, Mabel Kent Scholarship, 1993
  • To undertake Doctoral Degree, Melbourne University Postgraduate Scholarship, 1992
  • Hugh Williamson Fellowship, 1991
  • To undertake Masters Degree (Piano), Australian Postgraduate Research Award, 1990
  • For ‘4th-Year Hons pianist, continuing piano studies’, Doris F. Chandler Memorial Bursary, 1989
  • For Pianoforte performance, Una Bourne Scholarship, 1987
  • For ‘A student who has completed the first two years of the course and who shows promise worthy of develop, Eric and Linda Jullyan Memorial Scholarship, 1986