Sonya Holowell is a vocalist, composer, writer and educator of Dharawal/Inuit descent. Her work spans many contexts and takes multiple forms, with improvisation as a primary MO. Sonya was co-founder and editor of online arts publication ADSR Zine 2018-2020, and currently runs the emergent project Danger/Dancer with collaborator James Hazel. She is on a new threshold of personal, expository work.
Sonya’s work as a vocalist and composer has been shown on numerous platforms including Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival, Resonant Bodies Festival, Sydney Biennale, soundSCAPE Italy, Soft Centre, Liveworks Festival, Vivid Festival, the Now Now Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, Moorambilla Festival, The Banff Centre (Canada), Canberra International Music Festival, Chamber Made Hi-Viz Practice Exchange, SoundOut Festival, and others. She has collaborated with leading new music ensembles such as the Song Company, Ensemble Offspring, JACK Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Decibel, Tura New Music and the Australian Art Orchestra, and has presented her award-winning work at venues that include the Sydney Opera House, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art, Carriageworks, Institute of Modern Art, The Powerhouse Museum, MUMA and the National Gallery of Australia.
Photo: still from film by Hospital Hill