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Violinist/composer, zoömusicologist, and ornithologist Hollis Taylor is a Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University. She previously held research fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris, and the University of Technology Sydney. Taylor has an abiding interest in animal aesthetics, particularly vis-à-vis Australian songbirds. Her monograph, Is Birdsong Music? Outback Encounters with an Australian Songbird, and her double CD, Absolute Bird, were both released in 2017.

She performs her (re)compositions of pied butcherbird songs on violin along with various outback field recordings, and her practice also takes in sound and radiophonic arts. She is webmaster of www.zoömusicology.com. Supported by a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, her concerto for recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey premiered with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and will be performed by the London Sinfonia in May 2019. 


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