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Newest Residential Fellow opens up world of music

Head of the ANU School of Music Associate Professor Kim Cunio is our newest Residential Fellow, joining our community in February 2021.

Kim is an activist composer interested in old and new musics and the role of intercultural music in making sense of our larger world.

A scholar, composer and performer, Kim embodies the skills of the exegetical artist, showing that writing and making art are part of the same paradigm of deep artistic exploration.

Co-Artistic Director of ANU Music Press, Kim also writes for peak body, the Australian Council of the Deans and Directors of the Creative Arts (DDA), and ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy, and has a regular segment on ABC Radio Canberra to discuss music and the larger word.

He now shares his extraordinary passion and talent for music with our community, including most recently a two-part online discussion about the 20 things that changed music, held while many of our residents were under stay-at-home orders due to the pandemic.

“I’ve been really moved by the culture of Burgmann,” Kim says. “Only occasionally have I seen this level of care. Everyone at Burgmann is treated with profound regard and respect, and these values help us all to fashion better lives and to have the courage to intervene to help others more, which is so important while we work through the pandemic.

“I’ve also been delighted to see that our student cohort is so attentive and creative—our shared events are really delightful. I look forward to sharing more of this special birthday year with you all—50 years for Burgmann and 75 for the ANU.”

Kim joins Professor Asmi Wood (ANU College of Law), Ms Lara Nicholls (ANU PhD candidate and Jennifer Strauss Fellow in the Humanities), and Barrister at Law Mr Brodie Buckland as Residential Fellows at Burgmann.

Guests attending our 50th anniversary Back-to-Burg Alumni Weekend in November will have the unique opportunity to participate in a Master Class with Kim, in preparation for the Luigi’s at the Lodge & Sing-Along on Sunday morning.

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Kim Cunio, pictured at ANU's Llewellyn Hall. Photo credit: Sitthixay Ditthawong
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