Matthew Fargher

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Joining the artistic line up for the Beyond Technique Creative Intensive at the inaugural Salamanca Moves festival is composer/sound designer, Matthew Fargher from Bedlam Music Tasmania.

Celebrating the diversity of dance Salamanca Moves is taking place in Hobart from 20 September – 1 October 2016 across the Salamanca Precinct, Moonah Arts Centre and surprise pop-ups in the city. It is a great opportunity to view, create, perform, experiment and experience new ways of moving.

The Festival delivers an ambitious and extensive program of free and ticketed dance performances, including the creation of new works and critically acclaimed productions.

As part of the Festival’s creative intensive program, Philip Channells (Dance Integrated Australia) will lead the Beyond Technique project from Friday 23 – Monday 26 September with Tasdance’s Bec Jones (choreographic / workshop assistant); Sean Campbell (designer); Konrad Park (musician) and Matthew Fargher (sound designer / composer) joining the creative team.

I’m full of curiosity and excitement as I often am before starting to work with new people on a new project. I love the challenge. Four days to create something entirely new. Matthew Fargher

Call out for performers

Interested in collaborative processes used to devise dance theatre with artists from diverse background? Dancers, actors, physical theatre performers and community arts practitioners of all levels are invited to experiment and get physical through a series of development dance workshops and performance making, which will be part of the In The Making 1 program.

To register your interest in the project, book here.

Salamanca Moves is funded by Festivals Australia, Tas Regional Arts, City of Hobart and Arts Tasmandance makers.


Matthew Fargher is a composer and sound designer who has produced, composed and directed music across many genres with a remarkable array of collaborators since the early 80’s.

He has been Musical Director of leading intercultural dance company Marrugeku’s since 1995. He has worked with Choreographers from Ballets C de la B in with remote and urban Indigenous contexts. Collaborating with musicians and dancers on Mimi, Crying Baby, Burning Daylight, Buru and Cut the Sky, through national and international Tours.

He has trained in physical theatre and voice with Phillipe Gaulier, Monique Pagneux, Yoshi Oida, Zigmund Molik (Grotowski’s Laboratorium), and a wide cross section of cultural masters from Tanzania to Chile.

He has composed or musical directed for: Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Circus Oz, Belvoir Street Theatre, Kickstart Arts, and many others over a 30 year career. He has produced devised a number of major music and theatre projects in Tasmania: including Origins, Storming Mount Wellington and Continental Drift.

His studio work includes film and animation scores and production for Hip Hop, Cross Cultural, Afro Beat, Blues, Metal, Folk, and Roots musicians. In the last 4 years has mixed, mastered or produced 15 albums and other musical releases from Bedlam Studios in Hobart.

Photo: Shadrach Mwetaminwa