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COMA: Sound Alliance connects emerging musicians with mentors working professionally in complementary but contrasting musical fields. Musical cross-pollination and collaborative practice are vital elements of the modern musician's practice. 


COMA: Sound Alliance was created to bring together emerging artists and established mentors and provide new, supported opportunities in artistic development.


The aim of this program is to foster cross-genre musical relationships, so mentee's apply for a mentorship with an artist who works in a different primary field or genre to their own. (See artists below)


Mentees receive:

  • one-on-one time with their mentor to workshop, develop, and experiment in creating new material. COMA supports the mentor financially during this time so that they are able to take time away from their own practice and give it to the mentee!

  • financial support to cover rehearsal venue hire

  • a paid performance with the mentor during COMA's regular performance series, showcasing your newly developed material.


COMA is proud to introduce our 4 exciting and inspirational mentorships for 2019.


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Adam Page

Adam Page is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, music educator and record producer. Known widely for his critically acclaimed solo multi-instrumental looping performances, Page has also carved his path internationally as a composer. He has played festivals including Glastonbury and WOMADelaide, and worked with collaborators from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to the Shaolin Afronauts.



Allara Briggs Pattison


Allara Briggs Pattison is a Yorta Yorta woman who has an enchanting glow when she performs, always gracing the stage with a passionate grin from ear to ear. Her range of skills playing on both upright and standard bass compliment each other. Her ears have grown large from playing in a variety of different styles including neo-soul, jazz, country, folk and Irish Trad to name a few.

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Rachel Johnston

Rachel Johnston played for seven years as a member of the Australian String Quartet and has become one of Australia’s best-known and most versatile cellists. Equally at home playing Bach, improvising across genres and styles, and teaming up with folk and bluegrass musicians across the country, Rachel is also a leading performer of extended non-classical techniques.


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Dylan Kuerschner

Graduating from the Elder Conservatorium in 2018 with First Class Honours in Jazz Performance, Dylan has already established a bright future for himself amongst the South Australian contemporary music scene. He has been working on developing his own compositional and improvisational voice and seeks fresh inspiration and musical collaboration through the Sound Alliance program.


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Adam Ritchie [r.domain]

Multi-award winning film composer Adam Ritchie has been scoring for film since 2007 and has worked as a professional musician and educator for over 25 years. His primary instruments are guitar and bass, yet he is known for his electronic performances/composition on modular synth as r.domain and is well versed in technology.


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Keira Simmons

Keira Simmons is a sound designer, acoustic ecology enthusiast and sound artist. Her thesis, Listening to Abu Dhabi, is an urban audio walk, culminating a year’s research at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her sound designs have exhibited at Burning Man and shown in five countries, winning a jury prize in Tokyo.


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Luke Harrald

Luke Harrald is a composer, performer and new-media artist, who holds a PhD in composition from the Elder Conservatorium of Music. He is known for his groundbreaking work with improvisation and interactive computer music for which he has received numerous awards. Possessing a wide range of musical interests, Luke has played in a number of cover and original bands, spanning genres from ‘60s pop to death metal, written for film, and has been an important contributor to the Adelaide art music scene. Luke has spoken on and performed his work widely throughout Australia, and internationally and he regularly features at COMA.




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Rachel Bruerville

Rachel Bruerville (b. 1991) is active in the musical community of Adelaide as a composer, arranger, cellist, singer, and writer. She is Young Adelaide Voices’ current Composer in Residence, supported by a 2019 Carclew Fellowship, and a core member of the award-winning Adelaide Chamber Singers. Rachel hopes to always make music to entertain, to educate, and to be explored by audiences of any musical or non-musical background. 


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