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Ms Leigh Carriage
BA(UNE-NR), BContempMus(Hons)(SCU)
Current Appointment: Lecturer
Organisational Unit: School of Arts & Social Sciences - Lismore

Telephone: 02 6620 3874
Facsimile: 02 6622 4172
Location: D Block
Campus: Lismore

Leigh is one of Australia's leading contemporary vocalists and contemporary vocal educators. Leigh's singing is both masterful and passionate. In 2009 Leigh was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning by the Vice Chancellor. The Citations recognise and reward the diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning.

For the past decade Leigh has been the coordinator of a Visiting Artists mentoring program for Women in Contemporary Music and more recently has developed an innovative website. The website shows the vibrant, creative and diverse contribution women musicians have made to Australian music and culture, including graduates and students from Southern Cross University. In a regional area especially, women students in non-traditional areas often lack support, and this website is one way of providing them with information, resources, contacts, mentors, and inspiration.

Leigh also been the coordinator of the APRA AMCOS Songwriters Seminars with artists such as: Blue King Brown, Rai Thistlethewaite, Rob Hirst, Lisa Gerard, Nerida Tyson-Chew, The Stiff Gins, Lucie Thorne, Katie Noonan, Hiatus Kaiyote, Jon Hume, Kerrianne Cox, Elana Stone, Neil Murray and Mia Dyson. The overall design is that Australian Songwriters are invited to discuss their individual and or collaborative approaches to songwriting. The program gives students the opportunity to experience first-hand the diversity of professionals working in the contemporary music industry; to meet, be taught by and network with some leading Australian practitioners something which otherwise they experience less often in a regional area.

Other festival performances include the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival as well as Brisbane Jazz Festival, Byron Bay Blues and Roots, Woodford Folk Festival, Melbourne International Women's Jazz Festival and Sydney's Newport and Manly Festivals and more recently the North Coast Bangalow Jazz Festival.

Research interests include vocal performance, vocal improvisation techniques, vocal artistry, vocal pedagogy and vocal recording as well as a current project researching the work of The Pacific Curls, a trio from New Zealand that combines Taonga Puoro (Maori traditional instruments) with voice, ukuleles, percussion, guitars and kalimba, blending contemporary indigenous and traditional Maori musics. Leigh performed with her quartet at the Brisbane Festival in the famous Spiegeltent, along with two of Australia's most widely recognised jazz exports, Jamie Oehlers and Paul Grabowsky.

In February this year, Leigh recorded two albums in Sydney at Studio 301, an original album featuring Hamish Stuart, Jonathan Zwartz, Phil Slater, Matt McMahon, Sam Keevers, Steve Russell and Matt Smith the album has just arrived back from LA where it was mixed and mastered by Helik Hadar. A ten track jazz album was also recorded featuring Brendan Clarke on bass, Hamish Stuart on drums, Steve Russell on piano, Matt Smith on guitar. Both albums will be release later this year.

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Last Updated: 02/08/2012 01:52:50 PM