Sophia Brous is a cross-disciplinary performance-maker based in New York and Melbourne, Australia. An artist with diverse interests, she is a musician, performer, composer and musical director, writer, director and festival curator. She creates new commissioned and collaborative works with festivals, concert houses and artists internationally.
Brous is ongoing Artistic Associate at the Arts Centre Melbourne where she founded Supersense: Festival of the Ecstatic. She was 2016-2018 artist-in-resident of National Sawdust, New York and former resident artist of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center and the Red Bull Studios New York. She is the recipient of a range of prizes including the Victorian Government Creators Fund and recent finalist of the Outstanding Artist Award, Melbourne Prize for Music.
Brous’ recent productions include immersive live dream meditation Dream Machine at Pioneer Works for the Red Bull Music Festival New York with guests Iggy Pop, Master Musicians of Jajouka and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge; When The World’s On Fire with guitarist Marc Ribot for Direct Current/The Kennedy Centre, Washington, Music and Poetry of the Kesh by legendary science fiction writer Ursula K Le Guin, Lullaby Movement: a song cycle with Leo Abrahams and David Coulter (UTProjects/Sydney Festival) and the all-star New York large ensemble collective EXO-TECH, with Kimbra and collaborators including David Byrne, Moses Sumney, Questlove, Yuka Honda, Colin Stetson, Caroline Polachek, Dave Harrington and more.
Recent performance engagements include The Barbican’s In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited, Arthur Russell Retrospective for BAM, New York; Hallucinations at DOCUMENTA 2017; motion picture Mary Magdalene with Joaquin Pheonix and Rooney Mara, The Southbank Centre’s 200 Motels by Frank Zappa with the BBC Concert Orchestra; Marina Abramovic’s Private Archaeology for the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and Mick Harvey’s Serge Gainsbourg Intoxicated Man (Mute).
Brous currently has a range of new commissioned works in-development, including contemporary operas Gorgon and The Square with Nicola Gunn, feature film and live performance theatre event, The Invisible Mountain with filmmaker/artist Ben Russell, and Glossa, a chorus for untrained voices.
Alongside her own performance projects, Brous is a recognized artistic director and curator and emerged as one of Australia’s youngest arts leaders at the age of 22 when she was made Program Director of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (2008-2012) and Curator of Music of the Adelaide Festival of the Arts (2010-2012). Brous currently curates Supersense: Festival of the Ecstatic, which she founded with the Arts Centre Melbourne in 2015. Sophia studied music at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston and Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.
“…a powerhouse” – The Australian
“…a revelation” – The Observer UK
“…a prodigious chanteuse” – Rolling Stone