||Will Guthrie Melbourne: "Building Blocks" Music
Banyan Presentations and Workshops:
23-01-04 Fifo Festival Tahiti
24-02-04 Oceania Center USP Suva Fiji
09-03-04 Pondok Pekak Library Ubud Bali Indonesia
22-3-04 MAF Bangkok 2004
07-9-04 Künstlerhaus Bethanien
23-10-04 Galerie Wohlfahrt Rotterdam
29-10-04 Haferkamp Münster
30-10-04 Deux Machine Festival München
01-11-04 Kunstkammer Stuttgart
25-02-05 MAF Bangkok
26-03-05 Janghu Festival Kunming
30-07-05 Station 17 Kassel
18-11-05 HKW Berlin
16-12-05 Boulev´Art Cotonou Benin
19-12-05 Ecoile des Metiers Benin
23-01-06 Arthaus Accra
29-01-06 Arema Lomé Togo
19-05-06 Galerie Rachel Haferkamp Köln
17-10-06 University of Forestry Ha Tay Vietnam
20-10-06 Goetheinstitut Hanoi
08-12-06 Uni Paderborn
Drummer/percussionist/composer Will Guthrie has been a vital and energetic force on the Australian improvised music scene for the best part of 10 years. His unique and highly personal approach has led him to play, tour and record with many of Australia's leading contemporary improvising musicians here and overseas, as well as being involved in numerous multi-arts projects including dance, film, theatre and puppetry.
Born in 1977 he studied improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts and finished with a Bachelor of Music Performance in 1998. He has studied privately with Australian's Graham Morgan and Adrian Sherriff as well as with American jazz legend Tony Williams.
In 1997 he won the Wangaratta National Jazz awards for drums and recorded for the ABC with his own band 'ANTBOY'. Will was the major force in starting and maintaining the regular Tuesday night Improvised Music gig at the Planet Café-now known as the Make It Up Club. He has also organized, promoted and presented many concerts featuring himself alongside others with a continuing focus on developing an original Australian improvised music identity, relevant to the environment and era from which he comes.
Will’s influences range from many styles and music(s). He often plays home-made instruments, found and junk alongside more conventional drums and cymbals as well as electronics. Rather than ‘genre specific’ Will prefers diversity-he feels comfortable in many different styles and settings from experimental/rock/jazz/flamenco to working with puppetry/dance and visual artists.