Genevieve Lacey


Michaela Coventry has produced the creation of Genevieve Lacey’s multidisciplinary projects Soliloquy with Gideon Obarzanek and Stephanie Lake and Heard this and thought of you with James Crabb, Kath Tonkin and Andy Packer.


Genevieve Lacey is a musician working in many contexts, with all kinds of people.

She creates large-scale collaborative works across radio, film, dance, theatre and public art, and has premiered scores of works, written for her. She’s a recorder virtuoso, artistic director, spokesperson and leader, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international artist.

Her recent works include Soliloquy (a music-dance piece with Stephanie Lake and Gideon Obarzanek), one infinity (a music-dance piece for Melbourne, Sydney, Perth Festivals, created with Jun Tian Fang, Gideon Obarzanek, Max de Wardener, DanceNorth and Beijing Dance Theatre), Pleasure Garden (a kinetic sound sculpture for Sydney Festival, touring UK/Europe/Asia 2019-), Life in Music (a 5-part radio series for ABC RN, written, composed and narrated by Genevieve), and Namatjira (a theatre piece, and documentary film).

Genevieve has commissioned and premiered works for recorder by composers as diverse as Liza Lim, Elena Kats-Chernin, Brett Dean, Erkki-Sven Tuur (Estonia), Lou Bennett, Jan Bang (Norway), Christian Fennesz (Germany), Ben Frost (Iceland), Andrea Keller, Hollis Taylor, John Surman (UK) and Nico Muhly (USA).

Her wide-ranging musical interests have seen her representing Australian culture with a performance at the Lindau International Convention of Nobel Laureates, playing for the Queen in Westminster Abbey, playing on a basketball court on Thursday Island with The Black Arm Band, playing as a concerto soloist in Albert Hall for BBC Proms, making music in a prison in remote Western Australia, and at the opening night of the London Jazz Festival. Her repertoire spans ten centuries and long-term collaborators include filmmaker Sophie Raymond, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Danish musician Poul Høxbro, choreographer-director Gideon Obarzanek, and singer-songwriter Paul Kelly.

photo: Elizabeth O’Donnell