Dr Belinda Woods

Belinda is an improvising musician/composer living in Melbourne, Australia. A recent PhD graduate of the VCA, Belinda was awarded a Creative Victoria Scholarship for excellence in 2015, was a recipient of an APA from 2011-2013 and a finalist in the 2011 APRA Professional Development Awards. Artistic director of the Make It Up Club from 1993 – 2007, and Project Manager for the Click Clack Project and Jolt Arts 2010-16, Belinda has played a significant role in supporting and enhancing the development of the Melbourne music scene.

Predominantly a flautist, Belinda performs as a soloist and appears in many ensembles including her own groups Lo-Res (six piece chamber jazz) and Saveja (flute and harp duo), Tim Pledger’s Bohjass – of which Belinda has been a member for 20 years, and the BOLT Ensemble – dedicated to performing the music of composer Dr. James Hullick. As a soloist Belinda has developed an array of extended techniques which she utilises in performances as an improviser and an interpreter of music. She has been invited to perform in Festivals across Australia, Japan and Europe as well as independently curated events across Australia. Belinda’s work as a session musician has seen her record with many outstanding artists of various genres including pop legend Cat Power, songwriters Ned Collette and Martin Mackerras, composers Kate Neal, James Hullick and Tim pledger as well as sound artists Philip Brophy and Graeme Croft.

Belinda explores the use of texture and contour within her compositions and improvisations to paint scenes of rich complexity, focusing on the acoustic nature of her instrument. Belinda also extends her abilities towards the composed music of the 20th and 21st centuries, the structure and innovation of which she draws into her own improvising and composition.