Hanli Sean Botha is a composer, sound artist, performer, poet, researcher and writer. She is currently a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University – School of Humanities and Communication Arts.
She completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance – Classical Guitar, in 2014 and obtained her B.Mus. – Honours in 2015. She composes electronic works, by means of improvisation which include voice, noise and sound recordings, and experimental pieces for classical guitar. Sean’s music background stretches over a period of 29 years, and include performance experience at numerous Eisteddfods in South Africa, and again when she completed her music degree in Australia between the years of 2011 and 2014.
Sean’s compositional focus is on natural sound, silence, and quiet spaces, in order to create textural pieces filled with expectation and emotion. She performed two experimental pieces which include pre-recorded electronic sound and inharmonic percussive sound on the guitar at the Creativity Unlimited Festival on 02/09/2016 at Western Sydney University – Australia. She followed this up with a performance of six pieces of music, combining field recordings and electronic sound at the Electrofringe Festival 22/10/2016 in Sydney, Australia.
Her most recent performance at the Tilde New Music Festival – 21/01/2017 in Melbourne includes a full series of seven pieces of pre-recorded electronic sound with live percussion. Hanli has a passion for 20th and 21st century music, experimental music, music history and theory and of course her creative writing endeavours.
She is currently working on a number of projects which include a written series on transgender issues, and her first novel. She’s had a series of articles published in 2016 on the LOTL Music Blog platform, specifically focusing on female artists. She also had two articles published in Resonate Magazine – Australian Music Centre and Australian Poetry. For more information about her work please visit her website @ www.hanlibotha.com