Natasha Anderson doesn’t like to call herself a composer. She’s a musician first.
After taking up music when she was young, Anderson found herself writing more and more pieces of music.
“Around 2000 I started writing pieces for myself as a musician. I didn’t really start composing until about 2010 when I was doing bits with groups where we would compose for each other,” she said.
“The word composer sounds a bit poncey. I’m a musician and all musicians are composers. It’s such a grey area because a jazz musician is a composer, it just depends on how you title yourself.
Born and raised in Bendigo, Anderson has spent half of her time in Berlin since 2013.
She will take part in the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music for the first time this year.
“It’s a small world, the exploratory music world. When it was first set up I heard about it and I thought it was an incredible feat by David (Chisholm the artistic director),” she said.
It’s a small world, the exploratory music world. When it was first set up I heard about it and I thought it was an incredible feat.Natasha Anderson
“Since it’s been up and running in Bendigo, it has been really successful.
“I have performed here before because of a combination of me not being here and lots of people wanting a gig at it.”
Two of Anderson’s compositions will be included in the program at the Bendigo Bank Theatre on Saturday.
“The whole program is called The Target Has Disappeared,” she said. “One work is a piece my friend Lizzy Welch asked for. She is a violinist from Castlemaine.
“The second is a piece I made for ABC radio by sampling instruments and things sitting around the shed.
“It is quite lyrical, not just lots of plinks and plonks, and it is a very personal piece about Bendigo.”
The Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music is on from September 7 to 9 at various venues around the CBD.
Natasha Anderson performs at the Bendigo Bank Theatre on Saturday, September 9, at 2.30pm. Tickets are $25.
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