Co-Composition Lawrence English/Vanessa Tomlinson

Featuring a team of 20 musicians on North Burleigh Headland

Part of Bleach Festival 2021.

August 13th and 14th



Australian Art Orchestra

Footscray Substation

July 17th


Summers Night Project

TURA New Music

Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide

Performing new works by Frankie Dyson Reilly, Bree van Reyk, Hilary Kleinig, Kate Milligan, Aviva Endean

June 14th – 17th

Music for Stargazing

New works with William Barton, Kate Miller-Heidke, Delmae Barton, Sam Pankhurst

Charleville, Queensland

Queensland Music Festival

June 30th


Easter at the Piano Mill – Finale

Curating the final edition of the Mill

With Jan Baker-Finch, Erik Griswold, Bruce Wolfe, Jocelyn Wolfe and a team of 22 musicians.

April 4th

Making Music with Everyday Objects

Creating in Classrooms online workshop

Run by Topology

April 8th

Percussion Faculty Concert

With Nozomi Omote, Rebecca Llyod-Jones and Vanessa Tomlinson

Featuring works by Vanessa Tomlinson, inti figgus-vizueta, Fredrik Rzewski, Michael Askill, Maya Eather, Marta Gentilucci.

April 28th


The Immersive Guitar

Curiocity Brisbane

Daily performances with Karin Schaupp

Southbank Parklands

March 12th – 28th

Curious TIG – Vanessa Tomlinson

World Premiere

Performed by Karin Schaupp and Vanessa Tomlinson

Finale of Curiocity Brisbane

Livestreamed here

March 28th



Creative Music Intensive

Various Performances and Presentations

Seacroft Estate, Great Ocean Road

With Australian Art Orchestra

December 7th – 12th


Sounds of Wanderlust

Curated by Karin Schaupp


Directing BaDaBoom Percussion

Performing works by Tsoof Baras, Minori Miki and Bob Becker

October 3rd

Lonely Hearts Pandemic Band

Evaristo Aguilar and Clocked Out

Clocked Out in-residence series at Queensland Conservatorium

Online performance

October 9th

Suncorp Piazza Performance

Directing BaDaBoom Percussion

Performing works by Tsoof Baras, Minori Miki and Bob Becker

October 17th


Percussion at Dusk– solo tamtam performance

By Vanessa Tomlinson

Brisbane Festival

September 5th Highgate Hill Reserve

September 19th Eildon Hill Reserve

September 26th Southbank Parklands

Tyalgum Music Festival

Featuring String Quartet

Tyalgum Hall

September 12th




Erik Satie’s Vexation (complete) as part of QCGU Project Week, 2020.

August 28th


Scissors Paper Revox

Peter Knight and Clocked Out

Clocked Out in-residence series at Queensland Conservatorium

Online performance

July 31st


84* Pianos: Pandemic Edition

Livestream on youtube

For up to date information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/852391405256282/

or http://www.100waystolisten.com

June 12th, 6pm AEST


I Dont Wanna Stop

Ba Da Boom Percussion present an online concert of Splendid Wood (Jennifer Higdon), Living Room Music and Credo in US (John Cage), Rain Tree (Toru Takemitsu), Marimba Spiritual (Minouri Miki), Akadinda (Emmanuel Sejourne), Kangaroopak (Terry Longshore), Little Things (Wally Gunn), Fractalia (Owen Clayton-Condon).

May 20th, 9am

Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University

Directed by Vanessa Tomlinson


Pink Full Moon Opera – Pauline Oliveros

Presented by Opera Povera and CalArts.

Selected excerpts from the performance are here

Complete international performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv7itacp_to

Excerpts from Vanessa’s contribution: https://vimeo.com/showcase/7043673

April 7th 12pm - 6pm


Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians

Musical Director of the South Australian premiere of this work with Gabriella Smart and Soundstream.

March 13th, 7pm

Elder Hall, University of Adelaide

Royal Croquette Club (RCC2020)

Clocked Out and Hilary Kleinig

Including works by Griswold, Kleinig and improvisations.

March 6th, 6pm

Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University

Women of Noise

Clocked Out and Hilary Kleinig

World premiere work by Hilary Kleinig

March 6th, 1pm

Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University



Sounding the Smithsonian

Vanessa is Artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Over a week, she will present 4 discreet Sondings of various buildings and gardens that are part of the Smithsonian Museums as a contribution to the Year of Music.

November 1 Sounding #3 - Freer Art Gallery - Japan Room

November 2 Sounding #4 - The Castle with Lisa Cella and friends



Sounding the Smithsonian

Vanessa is Artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Over a week, she will present 4 discreet Sondings of various buildings and gardens that are part of the Smithsonian Museums as a contribution to the Year of Music.

October 30th Sounding #1 - The Enid Haupt Garden with Matthew Duvall and Patrick Crossland

October 31st Sounding #2 - The Castle with Lisa Cella and friends


Water Pushes Sand on Tour

The Australian Art Orchestra are on tour in China, presenting Erik Griswold's epic work Water Pushes Sand for 5 Sichuan musicians, and 5 Australian musicians. 

October 26th - Xian

October 24th - Shanghai International Festival

October 23rd - Shanghai International Festival

October 22nd - Chengu

Clocked Out with Mary Oliver

A new collaboration between Vanessa Tomlinson, Erik Griswold and Amsterdam-based violinist Mary Oliver.

Works include Griswold – Action Music, Tomlinson - Sonic Dreams San Diego, Mary Oliver - Wild Geese and work by Misha Mendelberg.

October 18 6 pm

@ Queensland Conservatorium, Ian Hanger Recital Hall | $15

October 19, 3 pm

@ Lagavulin, Stanthorpe-Tenterfield | $15

Reich Quartet

Anna Grinberg and Liam Viney with Vanessa Tomlinson and Nozomi Omote present an Australian performance of Reich Quartet at UQ Concert Series. Also on the program are works by Erik Griswold and Matthew Hindson.

October 10th, 1pm.


Interlingua Conference

The Australian Art Orchestra present the Interlingua Conference with a keynote from Vanessa Tomlinson.

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

September 24th 2pm

Soundstream Emerging Composers Concert

Performers and mentors Catherine Milliken, Erik Griswold, Gabriella Smart and Vanessa Tomlinson present works by 4 emerging Australian composers.

September 21st, 3pm - Aldinga Scrub

September 22nd, 3pm - ABC Studio 520, Adelaide

Creative Music Intensive - faculty

Creative music intensive is a 10 day residency run by the Australian Art Orchestra including workshops, performances, sound walks, and lectures in the beautiful mountains of Tarrleah in Tasmania.

Various performances and presentations.

September 11 - 15.

Tyalgum Music Festival

Vanessa co-directs this festival of chamber music in the amazing northern NSW hinterland with Anna McMichael. IN 2019 Vanessa will be part of the Saturday night concert with Michael Askill, Tenzin Chogyeal and Katherine Philp, and also be part of Alice Chance’s Comfort Music, a Roving Opera directed by Tim Munro.

September 6 – 8th

@Tyalgum Village


Activate: Resounding Research

Vanessa curates this 3 day research festival presented by the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre including Pecha Kulcha presentations, music-making workshops, performances and re-sounding lectures. Guest artists include David Williams, Dheeraj Shresthra, Haruna Tsuchiya among others.

Queensland Conservatorium

South Bank

August 28-30th

Amber Evans and Jon Clancy with Early Warning System

Featuring works by Ligeti, Jennifer Walshe and Cerrone for soprano and percussion quartet

August 23rd, 6pm

@ Queensland Conservatorium, Ian Hanger Recital Hall | $15

Carcasses of Angels

Clocked Out and Cat Hope

A new collaboration with Vanessa Tomlinson, Erik Griswold and Cat Hope presenting works including Griswold – Action Music

2 August, 6 pm

@ Queensland Conservatorium, Ian Hanger Recital Hall | $15

August 3, 3 pm

@ Lagavulin, Stanthorpe-Tenterfield | $15



Gender Diversity in Music and Art – University of Western Australia

Armadillo by Robyn Schukowsky

Performed by Robyn Schukowsky, Vanessa Tomlinson, Louise Denevish

July 16th, 7pm

@ Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA

Performing with Shoeb Ahmad: Artist talk and performance with guest artists Jameson Feakes, Vanessa Tomlinson and Shoshana Rosenberg

July 18th, 4.30pm

@ Eileen Joyce Studio

New site-specific work for 20 performers – Vanessa Tomlinson

As part of Limited Hangout

July 19th5pm

@ Tropical Grove, UWA, Perth


Clocked Out Duo with Lindsay Vickery

TENOR Conference, Monash University, Melbourne


Featuring works by:

Alex Christie “Memory Calendar with Pieces Missing”

Ryan Ross Smith “Study no. 0”

Carmen Chan Schoenborn “FW: REGENERATE”

Joshua Tomlinson “A Short Story”

Lindsay Vickery “Kurui”

July 23rd, 6.30pm

@The Music Auditorium, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival

Concert 6 OLD KINGS IN EXILE featuring work by Brett Dean

Sunday 28 July, 2 pm, 

@ Dunwich Public Hall

Performing works by Brett Dean

Concert 3 BRUNDIBÁR featuring work by Hans Krása

Saturday 27 July, 2 pm, 

@Point Lookout Community Hall




Open Frame

Featuring Stephen O Malley; Eiko Ishibashi + Joe Talia; Loscil;
Vanessa Tomlinson performing Harold Budd’s Lirio;Ears Have Ears DJs

June 28th7pm




Featuring sets by Stephen O’Malley, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Loscil and Vanessa Tomlinson performing Lirio by Harold Budd


June 20th7pm

@ Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane



Art by Twilight Series at the Heidi Gallery

Solo improv sets by Vanessa Tomlinson and Aviva Endean, followed by a duo

performance. On three selected nights across January, February and March, the

Heide Museum keeps its doors open late for the audience to enjoy art, food and wine,

beautiful weather, gorgeous surroundings - and great music! 
Fri 25 Jan, 5-8pm: Heide Museum (admission included with Museum Pass)

@ Heidi Museum of Modern Art

7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen VIC 3105






Music and Human Rights

Exploring the relationship between music and human rights 

in honour of UN Human Rights Day. Curated by a team of researchers from QCRC and the Law Futures

at Griffith University, this event is a show case of music and talks.

13 December 2 - 4.30pm

@ Queensland Conservatorium, Southbank

Pecha Kucha

Vanessa joins a lineup of Queensland based artists to discuss

"Art, What is it good for" with a presentation titled

"Learning to Listen: The Adventure of new ideas in music"

5 December 6pm

@ Brisbane Powerhouse


Artistic Research Symposium

With guest Professor Darla Crispin from the Norwegian Academy of Music

for the Artistic Research Symposium (jointly convened with the School of

Music University of Queensland). Curated by Vanessa Tomlinson and Liam Viney.

27-30 November

@ Griffith University/UQ School of Music

Smithsonian Year of Music Development

Vanessa joins Folkways@The Smithsonian as an artistic advisor to develop a program of

activities for the 2019 Year of Music.

13-16 November

@ The Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.

The Opera of Objects

Clocked Out and Cathy Milliken

A new collaboration with librettist Craig Foltz exploring the sonic nature of objects.

9 November, 6 pm

@ Queensland Conservatorium, Ian Hanger Recital Hall | $15

10 November, 3 pm

@ Lagavulin, Stanthorpe-Tenterfield | $15

Music for 18 Musicians

Ba Da Boom Percussion and QCGU New Music Ensemble present Steve Reich's epic work

Music for 18 Musicians in the amazing acoustic of the Conservatorium Theatre.

Directed by Vanessa Tomlinson

9 November 7.30pm

@ Conservatorium Theatre, Southbank

84 Pianos

This sonic phenomena returns to Queensland Conservatorium for a second performance 

as part of the Australian Piano Duo Festival. Features all the pianos at the Conservatorium inset,

the audience traverse the corridors listening from different vantage points throughout

the building.

3 November 6pm

@ Queensland Conservatorium

Music for 2 Pianos and Percussion

Bartok - Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion

Therese Milanovic, Stephen Emmerson, Vanessa Tomlinson & Nozomi Omote
Erik Griswold - Runaway Variations (2018) Piano duo & auxiliary percussion. World Premiere

Anna Grinberg & Liam Viney
Steve Reich - 2 Pianos & 2 Marimbas. Australian Premiere

Liam Viney, Anna Grinberg, Vanessa Tomlinson & Nozomi Omote

1 November @ 7.30pm

@ Queensland Conservatorium Southbank


I am the Silk Road

Rising Artists Work, Shanghai International Festival

New work by Guzheng player Mindy Wang for  violin, contra bass, electronics,

shakuhachi, bass trombone, saxophone and percussion.

23-24 October 

Fudong University, Shanghai


Hidden Sounds|Sounds in Motion

Sound installations placed throughout the town of Tyalgum.

In collaboration with Leah Barclay, John Ferguson, Sulja Nezovic,

Vanessa Tomlinson, and Erkki Veltheim.

7-9 September

@ Tyalgum Festival

The Listening Museum III
Percussion, sound art, and random musical happenings in a working factory.
21 September, 7 pm
@ Urban Art Projects, 41 Holland St, Northgate (Brisbane) | Free

Brought to you by Clocked Out


Hidden Sounds | Sounds in Motion
An emerging series of sound sculptures that reveal unheard sounds in the environment, and investigate the kinetic energy of sound. A collaboration of Clocked Out, Leah Barclay, John Ferguson, Sulja Nezovic, and Erkki Veltheim.
11-19 August
@ National Science Week (South Brisbane)

Bloom Collective
Clocked Out joins with mover Jan Baker-Finch, artist Renata Buziak, and poet Vicky Kelleher to present work inspired by collaborations with scientists from Brisbane's EcoScience Precinct, exploring the gullies of Queensland.

14 August (Launch of the Artists in Residence Science exhibition)

@  EcoScience Precinct, Brisbane.

Delicious Ironies
Clocked Out with Lindsay Vickery (Perth)
24 August, 6 pm @ Queensland Conservatorium, Ian Hanger Recital Hall | $15

25 August, 3 pm @ Lagavulin, Stanthorpe-Tenterfield | $15

26 August, 3 pm @ Cooroora Institute, Sunshine Coast | $15



Because of her we can

Mitchell Town Hall, Qld

As culmination of arts camp on the Maranoa led by Gunggari elders

Piano Bloom

Site-specific performance and installation

in collaboration with Jan Baker-Finch, Renata Buziak, Vicki Kelleher, Vanessa Tomlinson.

26-30 July

Contexts 8th International Festival of Ephemeral Art, Sokolowsko, Poland



Sounds of Farina (Jesse Budel)

Farina Ghost Town between Lyndhurst and Marree in South Australia

With Farina Restoration Group, Jesse Budel and Joshua Baldwin


Tomlin|Fergus Duo with Erik Griswold

Performing Sonic Dreams (Extinction) by Tomlinson

EcoAcoustics International Congress, QUT/GU



Tomlin|Fergus Duo

Performing Sonic Dreams (Extinction) by Tomlinson

7.30pm Basil Jones Hall, Queensland Conservatorium


Behind the Music talk - Creative Women in the Arts

with Susan Best, Linda Mayhew and Brydie Bartleet

1pm Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium


Flutist Monika Koener with Early Warning System

Playing works by  

Ketil Hvoslef’s, Lou Harrison’s, Thomas and Ingolf Dahl

with Vanessa Tomlinson, François Combemorel, Jacob Enoka, Nozomi Omote, Nathan Gatenby and Cameron Kennedy.

7.30pm Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium.


From the Air - Australian Art Orchestra

Featuring Erik Griswold, Peter Knight, Vanessa Tomlinson, Paddy Mann, Aviva Endean

2pm Hamer Hall Foyer, Melbourne Arts Centre



Piano Mill Book Launch

Featuring Jocelyn Wolfe, Bruce Wolfe, Stephen Adams, Vanessa Tomlinson, Erik Griswold

6pm Riverbend Books, Oxford Street, Bulimba



The Piano Mill

Featuring new work for the mill by Lynette Lancini, Louise Denson, Vanessa Tomlinson; Environmental works by Stephen Adams, Bloom Collective, Brodie McAllister, Jodie Rottle; world premiere by Erik Griswold for prepared piano and string quartet; plus special guest artists Kristin Berardi, Rebecca Lloyd Jones, Sam Pankhurst, Jan Baker-Finch, Artist-in-residence Renata Buziak, Leah Barclay and many more.

2pm - sunset Harrigans Lane, Wilsons Downfall

Read about the event in the Tenterfield Times


Ecstatic - Cultural Festival

Performing with Susheela Ramen in a concert uniting musicians from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Australia

7pm Main Stage, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

As part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival


the essential gesture is the breath

Clocked Out with Jim Denley 

6pm Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium

Tickets $15/10 at the door


the essential gesture is the breath

Clocked Out with Jim Denley

3pm, Lagavulin@The Piano Mill

Tickets $15