Hailed as a ‘prodigious chanteuse’ by Rolling Stone and a ‘revelation’ by the UK Observer, Melbourne-born SOPHIA BROUS is a cross-disciplinary vocalist/musician/performer and artistic director. An artist with of diverse creative interests, she works and collaborates with major arts companies internationally on new works, commissions and performances, with recent engagements with The Barbican Center, Paris Philharmonie, Southbank Centre London, Red Bull Studios New York, National Sawdust, Pioneer Works, Greenpeace, Adelaide Festival of the Arts and Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).
In the past twelve months, Brous has been artist-in-resident at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Long Island, and the Red Bull Studios New York, and is current Artistic Associate of the Arts Centre Melbourne. She was most recently announced as the 2016/2017 Artist-in-Residence at Brooklyn celebrated arts institution National Sawdust, alongside distinguished artists including Julia Holter, Helga Davis and Yuka Honda. Brous was named in the top 10 most influential people under 30 in music in Australia by AMIN, and was in September announced as one of the finalists in the prestigious Melbourne Prize for Music, Outstanding Musician Award.
A prolific creative collaborator, Brous works and performs with a diverse range of artists, with recent collaborators including David Byrne, Kimbra, Questlove, Sean Lennon, Julia Holter, Mick Harvey, Colin Stetson, Jehnny Beth, Caroline Polachek, Bilal, The Hutto Project and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Most recently, Brous could be seen in projects including The Barbican’s ‘In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited’, Marina Abramovic’s Private Archaeologies opening for MONA, her celebrated immersive song cycle LULLABY MOVEMENT with British musicians David Coulter and Leo Abrahams, and EXO-TECH, the large ensemble collective she leads and founded with New Zealand pop singer Kimbra, which recently sold out shows throughout New York and undertook an extended residency at New York’s Red Bull Studios with a cast of musicians and collaborators including David Byrne, Questlove, Caroline Polachek, Sean Lennon, Bilal and Dave Harrington.
Within her sphere of creative interests, Brous is a also recognised curator and artistic director, and emerged as one of Australia’s youngest arts leaders at the age of 22 when she was made the Program Director of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. She has commissioned and created over 100 unique works as a curator since, with artists as diverse as John Cale, Sonny Rollins, Tao Dance Theatre, Senyawa, Chunky Move Dance Theatre, Ariel Pink, Ash Ra Tempel, The Necks, Tony Conrad, Laurel Halo, Jane Birkin, Hermeto Pascaole, Psychic TV and Charlie Haden. She was Curator of Music of the Adelaide Festival of the Arts and is currently founder and Curator of Supersense: Festival of the Ecstatic at the Arts Centre Melbourne.