sound artist / vocalist
Emily Bennett is a brazen contemporary vocalist, keys player, sound artist and educator. Melismatic, insistent and infectious. A graduate of Theatre/Media from Charles Sturt University, the Australian National University School of Music and Honours in Jazz and Improvisation from Victorian College of the Arts.
She’s performed with I Hold the Lion’s Paw, Australian Art Orchestra, Gregor, Biscotti, First Baboon Cilivization, Nyash! Afrobeat Collective, Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus and been commissioned to compose and design sound for the NOW NOW Festival, You Are Here festival, Short + Sweet Dance Festival, the Young Music Society and live art company Big One Little One.
Her trio, Great rack and an empty club reverb, were the recipients of the Lebowskis Development Residency and also curated in the Critical Animals Symposium to present at the opening for the This is Not Art festival in Newcastle. In 2018, they released their debut self-titled album digitally and on tape cassette. She also performs solo as Great Rack and is due to release a solo record and sample pack late this year.
“Then voice over, that rack and reverb, ‘Distance separates us / there ... here ... there .. here.’ All with impish humour. Words that spelled stories… Words subject to digital effects; words merging into repeats and wordless vocals; words in counterpoint or extended harmony” - Eric Pozza, Canberra Jazz