Zoë is a cellist, composer, performance maker and educator. She collaborates with a wide range of musicians and makers, and creates works with and for children. Her approach is collaborative, reflective and quiet. Her music is exquisite, dark, haunting and tense.
Zoë has performed with Jon Cale, Meow Meow, Missy Higgins, Stars Of The Lid, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Mick Harvey, Laura Jean, Gurrumul, Ross McLennan's New World Symphony, Jocelyn Pook and Ross Daly. She is the solo cellist in Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney’s House Of Mirrors (Dark Mofo, Adelaide, Sydney & Melbourne Festivals). Performance highlights include Dark Mofo and Mona Foma, Edinburgh International Festival, seasons in Macau, Hong Kong and China, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne & Adelaide Festivals, Auckland Festival, Next Wave, Supersense Festival, Revelations Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre series and the John F Kennedy Centre for The Performing Arts.
Zoë is a member of The Letter String Quartet, presenting programs of new works for strings and voices, commissioning composers to push the sonic possibilities of the string quartet.
Zoë performs improvised sets with her partner Jed Palmer.
Zoë’s film and television credits include feature film The Infinite Man (SXSW) and Ukraine Is Not A Brothel (Venice Film Festival, Winner, ACCTA Best Documentary), both co-composed with Jed Palmer.
Zoë has scored theatre works for State Theatre Of South Australia, Patch Theatre, Rawcus, Restless Dance Theatre, Vitalstatistix and Drop Bear Theatre. Her scores have been heard around the world, from the Sydney Opera House to playgroups.
Zoë has composed for installations including Camouflage Disco for the Melbourne Museum's Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery, and the Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial.
Zoë has co-created theatre works including Ladykillers’ Lullaby, Cake, The Pyjama Girl and Based On A True Story, Restless Dance Theatre’s Howling Like A Wolf, and Patch Theatre Company’s Emily Loves To Bounce. She works closely with Drop Bear Theatre & The Seam, creating works for very young audiences including DIG, Rain, and The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things. Her works continue to tour nationally and internationally.
Zoë is Director of Harmony In Strings, an innovative strings program focussed on improvisation and composition based at Sacred Heart Primary in Fitzroy, Melbourne, and is Lead Teaching Artist, Pedagogy and Practice with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s The Pizzicato Effect. She creates children’s books, cds and educational resources in the arts and delivers professional development to teachers through The Song Room.
Zoë is based in Kyneton, Victoria.
e: zcbarry at gmail.com
images by Keith Wagstaff ACS