Amy Valent Curlis

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Amy has made her mark as a compelling performer and teacher across many musical
She is equally comfortable performing to a heaving rock festival crowd, a community
street festival or an intimate contemporary classical gathering. From supporting Led
Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, to a season with STOMP and large festival
performances, Amy loves the buzz of playing to a huge crowd. Similarly, she is
stimulated by performing the music of Burt Bacharach to an intimate audience,
rocking out at a dingy pub playing drum kit, or exploring the intricacies of
Renaissance repertoire with marimba and viola da gamba.
As a recording artist she has played a range of instruments; including tuned beer
bottles for an advertisement, and marimba and flute on soundtracks such as Summer
Heights High, the Beijing Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and Hollywood movie
“Death Defying Acts”.

Amy’s teaching spans from found-object workshops with pre-schoolers, to teaching
composing for percussion at tertiary level. She has conducted workshops for Kew
Cottages, community groups, on Aboriginal communities in Northern Territory and
has taught in many of Melbourne’s leading schools. Amy also runs workshops for
businesses, helping them to understand leadership from the point of view of a
chamber musician.
Amy has two young children who have witnessed her musical journey since they were
in utero, and has a husband who is an excellent roadie.