Wellington based composer and vocalist, Briar, is a multi-skilled professional in the music industry. She completed a Masters of Musical Arts majoring in Composition at university receiving high distinction and has since had a diverse career in music composition, vocal coaching and session recording, live performance, and sound production. She is the current New Zealand School of Music Composer in Residence and resides at the Douglas Lilburn Trust house.
Highlighted Work Experience
Lilburn Composer in Residence (2023)
Douglas Lilburn Trust Composer in Residence (January - June) and New Zealand School of Music Composer in Residence (June - December). This position supports the output of multiple original compositions.
Commission for new work by Orchestra Wellington (2023)
Original composition for Orchestra titled Akri ('Ακρη) as part of the mentor program run by Orchestra Wellington, under the mentorship of John Psathas. Premiere: August 5th, 2023 in Wellington.
Commission and Live performance with Orchestra Wellington (2023)
Orchestral arrangement of one of Briar's original guitar and vocal pieces titled White, Red, Black, sung live by Briar alongside John Psathas on piano and Orchestra Wellington. Premiere: October 7th, 2023 in Wellington.
Commission for new work by the Bay of Plenty Symphonia (2023)
Original composition for the Bay of Plenty Symphonia Orchestra, titled Pegasus. Premiere: November 19th, 2023 in Tauranga.
Original Music for Theatre Production Prima Facie (2023)
Original soundtrack for theatre production
Prima Facie, created in dynamic electronic pop genre. Premiere: June 24th, 2023 in Circa Theatre, Wellington.
Original music for Operatic performance and Augmented Reality (2023)
Original music for Augmented Reality with film director Vicky Yiannoutsos & iSparx Group (Augmented Reality Specialists). Operatic vocals towards an Augmented Reality experience depicting the Ancient Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter.
Recording Assistant & Vocal Coach at Sandbox Studio, Wellington (2022-2023)
Using compositional experience to creatively guide musicians in their recording experience to achieve their musical potential, as well as using years of vocal knowledge to coach vocalists in their sessions.
Composer Internship for Film Score Production (2022)
Assisting the creative process and recording of David Long's score for the upcoming film 'Going Going' directed by Loren Taylor, providing scores for choir recording sessions, and overseeing cue conforming.
Commission for Flute and Taonga Pūoro (2020)
Orignal composition titled 'Terra Firma' for Flute and Taonga Pūoro commissioned, performed and recorded by Bridget Douglas and Alistair Fraser, funded by Creative New Zealand.
Original Composition for Feature Documentary (2017)
Original music score composed for feature documentary 'For My Father's Kingdom' by directors Vea Mafileo (Director) & Producers, in collaboration with composer David Long.
Original Song for Album 'It's Already Tomorrow' (2021)
Curated by John Psathas, featuring Briar's track ‘I'm Not Lazy, Just Lost’, A collaborative album of multiple producers, composers and artists around the world sharing material to work with, forming a 'pool' of creative resources to use in the writing process. The result is this diverse album of songs in multiple genres. Funded by Creative New Zealand.
Original Song for EP 'Last Days of March' (2020)
Curated by John Psathas, featuring track 'Back to the 90s' - by Briar's solo electronic project 'HydraBitch'. The concept of the project was for five different artists (Jack Hooker, Xela, Serj Tankian and Oum, HydraBitch, and Russel Walder) to remix with total freedom a simple musical idea originally recorded by John Psathas. Funded by Creative New Zealand.
Original Song selected as finalist for Serj Tankian's 7 Note Challenge (Worldwide Competition) (2017)
Grammy-Award winning and multi platinum recording artist, songwriter, Serj Tankian (System of a Down) teamed up with non-profit cultural organisation Creative Armenia to release ‘7 Notes Challenge', a compilation album highlighting some of the most notable submissions from a songwriting challenge posed to artists worldwide. Now available on all major streaming and download platforms across the globe.
Tutor for Young Musician's Program at Victoria University of Wellington (2017)
Teaching composition to high school students: course coordinating, creating and providing class material and outlines, researching and providing musical material, assisting in administrative tasks, teaching and coaching students, facilitating discussion and sharing sessions, providing feedback.
Freelance Composer, Session Vocalist, Vocal coach & Performer (2010 - present)
Working with a variety of projects for films and game, Briar has composed music as well as working as a recording session vocalist. She is an active vocal coach and vocalist, performing and touring in a variety of ensembles and bands including music of other cultures, notably Greek, Balkan and Indonesian. Her overseas experiences include tours to SXSW in the US and Indonesia.
Debut Album 'Blue Anima' (2016)
Album (experimental/electronic/hip hop) written and recorded by Briar Prastiti as part of her Masters at the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington. Post production funded by Creative New Zealand.
Master of Musical Arts majoring in Composition with High Distinction at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
FEBRUARY 2015 — NOVEMBER 2016
Completion of an academic thesis and creative portfolio of compositional work
Bachelor Of Music With First Class Honours at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
FEBRUARY 2010 — NOVEMBER 2014
Four years study and completion of Bachelors and First Class Honors in Composition.
Composer Briar Prastiti: artist on the edge
Cross-genre artists appointed as Composers in Residencehttps://www.wgtn.ac.nz/news/2023/04/cross-genre-artists-appointed-as-composers-in-residence
'Reconciling worlds' - Interview with Radio New Zealand
Orchestra Wellington Composer in Residence
Briar Prastiti on heritage, burnout and improving the
lot for NZ's musicians
'Reconciling worlds' - Interview with Radio New Zealand