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Linsey Pollak

Linsey Pollak

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Linsey Pollak is a dynamic and exciting performer, well-known for his work in many musical roles — as musician, instrument-maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. For the past 20 years he has traversed the country as musician-in-residence in communities from Hobart to Broome. He has been director and composer for companies like Doppio Teatro and Dance North, performed at most major festivals around Australia and recorded 21 albums with various groups.

As instrument-maker, Linsey has designed a number of new wind instruments. While studying Macedonian bagpipes on the ground in Macedonia, he developed a passion for playing and making woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe, and also designs marimbas and other tuned percussion.

Linsey's innovative use of found objects has made his brand of world music more accessible, with particular appeal for kids. Rubber gloves, carrots, watering cans, chairs, brooms, bins — all have been adapted to make music. New technology plays a part too — he recently used a midi wind controller to play and loop samples of everything from voices to frogs — and has devised a musical installation called SQUIRT where, when you hit large large acrylic frogs with a jet of water, frog samples are triggered.

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