Susan Bamford Caleo. Melbourne, Australia
Since the mid-90s Susan’s focus has been to explore the expressive potential of the voice and the body. She has extensive experience creating new music and performance works for the embodied voice both in live production and recordings.
Her explorations and experiments with extended voice have been deeply influenced by her past and ongoing studies with exploratory voice practitioners internationally and in Australia including: Linda Wise, Jonathan Hart and Vicente Fuentes (Roy Hart Theatre), Patsy Rodenburg, Frankie Armstrong, Monica Pagneaux, Anna Zubrycka (Song of the Goat), Jenny Caire (Estill Voice Training), Catherine Fitzmaurice and Helen Sharp and John Howard (Body Voice Centre).
She has taught voice privately and at numerous Victorian tertiary theatre training institutions including The National Theatre, APS, Federation University, Victoria University, St Martins Youth Arts Centre and Melbourne University. She is a PhD candidate at La Trobe University exploring embodiment and presence in the work of Zygmunt Molik and Roy Hart Voice Work.
Some of her recent work includes: A ‘sing-along’ soundtrack for Digging Deeper (Butterfly Club, 2019), vocal coach and song composition in collaboration with Deborah Leiser-Moore for Medea: Kaddish for the Children (FCAC, 2019), song composition for Moon Moves at Museum Victoria (Scienceworks) with Biddy Connor (2018/19), performance in Geoff Robinson’s Itinerant Sounds for Liquid Architecture (2018), co-creation of Fragments with Elissa Goodrich and Margaret Mills (La Mama, 2017), co-creation and performance of audio tour for Hyper Real at the National Gallery of Australia (2017), co-creation and performance of Bottlenecked at Melbourne Museum for ‘Elevate.1’ - Global Day of Performances in Elevators (2017), performance in Daniel Schusser’s Schmaltz at the Malthouse Theatre (2016) and Play Me I’m Yours at Arts Centre Melbourne (2014). Susan was nominated for Best Female Performer (Fringe) in the 2001 Greenroom Awards for Quartetand won the 2004 Fringe Festival Award for Most Outstanding Female Performer for The Now Hour. Her composition with Belinda Moody Ah Wish was selected for ABC Jazz tracks 30th Anniversary CD (2007).She sings with the music group Oblique Strategies reimagining the music of Brian Eno.