Monique Clare Press Kit

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“Monique brings courage and a zeal for life together in her music – she’s a joy to hear”.
– Punch Brothers bassist, Paul Kowert
“Monique takes her years of music training and her brilliantly quick and creative mind and delivers a performance that is stunning to fans of any music genre.  Her songs are intimate and soaring – both sonically and lyrically, and her stage presence is pure joy”.
– Matt Smith, Folk Alliance International president and Club Passim managing director

Biography options (updated August 2017)

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Armed with the warmth of her cello, vocals that cut to the bone and lyrics that dance between darkness and light, Monique Clare delivers unfeigned modern folk.

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Armed with the warmth of her cello, vocals that cut to the bone and lyrics that dance between darkness and light, Monique Clare delivers unfeigned modern folk. Her beautifully quirky songs are born out of old traditions, but injected with unconventional ideas.

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Cello-wielding songstress, Monique Clare delivers raw modern folk. Between explorations into Scandinavian and American traditions, a classical cello degree and a Radiohead obsession, her beautifully quirky songs represent a new generation of folk. She is currently representing the Folk Alliance as their Young Artist of the Year, and her debut EP will be released in August 2017.

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Monique Clare is a cello-wielding songstress, hailing from the foothills of Mount Coot-tha. Between ongoing explorations into Scandinavian and American traditional folk, a classical cello degree and a Radiohead obsession, her beautifully quirky songs are a melting pot of influences. Gripping vocal lines are woven between earthy cello tones, born out of old traditions but injected with unconventional ideas. This year sees her embarking on a solo project as the Folk Alliance Australia Young Artist, after years of playing in various outfits including The Mulberry Collective and Rhiannon & Monique. Her debut EP will be released in August 2017.

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Cello-wielding songstress, Monique Clare hails from the foothills of Mount Coot-tha and delivers raw modern folk. Between deep explorations into music traditions from Scotland, Sweden, and the USA, a classical cello degree and a Radiohead obsession, her songs are a melting pot of influences. Gripping vocal lines are woven between earthy cello tones, born out of old traditions but injected with fresh, unconventional ideas. She was recently chosen as the 2017 Folk Alliance Australia Youth Artist of the Year.

In 2016, Monique spent three months immersing herself in folk traditions in America, thanks to grants from the Australia Council and Queensland Government. She has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s most exciting emerging folk cellists, having performed across Australia at events such as Woodford and the National Folk Festival. She has worked as a session player for Hanneke Cassel (USA), The String Contingent, the Viola Cloning Project and many others. Having been a member of folk outfit The Mulberry Collective and award-winning duo Rhiannon & Monique, she is now embarking on a solo project.

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Cello-wielding songstress, Monique Clare hails from the foothills of Mount Coot-tha and delivers raw, modern folk. Representing the Folk Alliance Australia as their current Young Artist of the Year, she is broadening the landscape of Australian music with her innovative writing for voice and cello. Between deep explorations into the music traditions of Scotland, Sweden, and the USA, a classical music degree and a Radiohead obsession, her songs are a melting pot of influences. Gripping melodies and lyrics are woven between the earthy tones of her instrument, born out of old traditions but injected with newfound ideas. Her debut solo EP, By The Stars, was released in August 2017, backed by a Pledgemusic campaign that went far beyond its target and drew supporters all the way from the USA, UK, Germany and Japan.

In 2016, Monique spent three months immersing herself in folk traditions in America, with the help of grants from the Australia Council and Queensland Government. She has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s most exciting emerging folk cellists, having performed across Australia at major events including Woodford and the National Folk Festival. She has previously appeared in a number of previous projects, as a member of The Mulberry Collective and award-winning duo Rhiannon & Monique, and as a guest with The String Contingent, the Hanneke Cassel Trio, the Viola Cloning Project and more. She is a passionate educator, and teaches at Sunshine Fiddle Camp and Alasdair Fraser’s Stringmania. Performing and teaching has taken her as far as Afghanistan, where she held a two-week residency at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music as part of the String Contingent.


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Awards/achievements

  • 2017 debut EP funded beyond its target, through a Pledgemusic campaign
  • 2017 Folk Alliance Australia Young Artist of the Year
  • 2017 Grant recipient, Williamson Foundation for Music, for attendance at Sierra Fiddle Camp in the USA
  • 2017 QUBE Effect finalist
  • 2012-2017 performances at Woodford Folk Festival, the National Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, the National Celtic Festival, Dorrigo Folk Festival, Newstead Live Music Festival, Fleurieu Folk Festival, Gold Coast Acoustics Festival and many more as the Mulberry Collective and Rhiannon & Monique
  • 2016 Finalist in the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Folk Awards as the Mulberry Collective
  • 2015 Grant recipient, QLD Gov Individuals Fund & Australia Council Development Grant, for professional development in the USA
  • 2015 Vada Jefferies Prize winner, for best performance of solo Bach (Queensland Conservatorium)
  • Griffith Award for Academic Excellence in Bachelor of Music
  • 2014 Performance in Sydney Opera House as the Australian Youth Orchestra
  • 2013 Golden Fiddle Award for Youth Achievement, as Rhiannon & Monique
  • 2012 Folk Alliance Australia Youth Artist of the Year, as Rhiannon & Monique
  • 2011 Australian Society for Music Education composition competition winner: sacred music division

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Contact

moniquebartkowiak (at) hotmail.com


Social media links

http://www.facebook.com/moniqueclaremusic/
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