Zoë is a cellist, composer, performance maker and educator. She collaborates with a wide range of musicians and makers, working across immersive theatre, film, gallery installations and chamber music. 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, Richard J Frankland, Accademia Arcadia, Musica da Camera, Ross Daly’s Labyrinth, Ross McLennan's New World Symphony, and Jocelyn Pook.
She is the solo cellist in Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney’s House Of Mirrors (Dark Mofo, Adelaide, Sydney & Melbourne Festivals). Performance highlights include the Lincoln Center, the John F Kennedy Centre for The Performing Arts, Dark Mofo and Mona Foma, Edinburgh International Festival, tours through Asia, Greece and Russia, the Sydney, Perth, Melbourne & Adelaide Festivals, Auckland Festival, Next Wave, Supersense Festival, Revelations Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, and Melbourne Recital Centre series.
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’s film composition credits include feature films Animals (Sundance 2019), The Infinite Man (SXSW) and Ukraine Is Not A Brothel (Venice Film Festival, Winner, ACCTA Best Documentary), co-composed with Jed Palmer.
Zoë has composed sound collages for exhibitions including Bendigo Gallery’s Gothic Beauty, the Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial, collaborating with visual artist Georgie Mattingley, and Camouflage Disco for the Melbourne Museum's Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery.
Zoë has scored theatre works for Back To Back Theatre’s Theatre Of Speed, Sandpit, Google Creative, Playbox Theatre, 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 the National Center for The Performing Arts, Beijing.
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 highly acclaimed immersive theatre works for families and 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 was 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, is a member of RMIT’s CRIMP LAB, 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 & Susan Gould