Dr Jodie Rottle (she/her) is a creative flutist, researcher, lecturer, composer, and improviser working in a variety of settings to explore new sound concepts. Jodie can often be heard collaborating as a chamber musician. Currently, she performs new-folk and contemporary music with the Queensland Music Award-winning Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra. She is also a member of Kupka’s Piano, a Brisbane-based ensemble that focuses on new Australian music, and experimental trio It’s Science And Feelings. With Kupka’s Piano she has commissioned over 35 new works—many by emerging composers—and performed nationally across Australia. Her recorded work with Kupka’s Piano can be heard on multiple podcasts with ABC Classic FM and on the ensemble’s 2017 debut album, Braneworlds.
Jodie is active within the Brisbane new music community and enjoys performing nationally. As a freelance flutist, she has worked with organisations such as Camerata—Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring (Sydney), Queensland Ballet, and Philharmonia Australia. She has performed at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music; toured regionally with the Queensland Music Festival; and presented concerts at the Brisbane Festival of Toy Music. Since 2015, she has been invited to perform at the annual Easter at the Piano Mill events in rural NSW where she has improvised with native birds and composed for moving mini-buses. Currently, she is developing music and performance work with Vulcana Circus for a show titled Disappearing Acts, premiering May 2022 at the Anywhere Festival in Southeast Queensland.
Jodie’s work as a composer explores the sounds of everyday objects alongside traditional instruments. A central theme of her work is the element of surprise, and to achieve this she often skims the outer territories of performance art, puppetry, and comedy. She primarily writes for solo performers or small chamber ensembles, which have included string quartets, dance collaborations, and site-specific works. Some of her explorations as a composer-performer include prepared flutes and wearable sound objects. She has presented her own participatory and embodied sound-based works at Made Now Music, Make It Up Club, RuckusFest, and the Listening Museum, among others.
Jodie is currently a Resident Adjunct researcher with the Creative Arts Research Institute, Griffith University, where she has worked on research associated with the Griffith Climate Action Beacon and other ARC-Linkage projects. She also lectures casually at JMC Academy and is a member of the Music Theory teaching team at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
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