Lucian McGuinness: Composer, Musician, Producer
Lucian McGuiness is a musician, composer and musical director raised and educated in Canberra, Australia. Through composition, arranging, and creative direction he has developed exploratory and theatre-tinged musical concepts for major arts and music festivals throughout Australia and Europe, including the gospel all-trombone choir, Salvation Street Shout, (Sydney Festival, Darling Harbour Jazz Festival) a rhythm & blues immersive theatre show Little Egypt’s Speakeasy (Sydney Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival) and the satirical parlour period music ensemble The Vintage Quartestra, (Sydney Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival) and together with Company 2 the large-scale productions Perched (Woodford Folk Festival) and Scotch and Soda (Chamäleon Theater Berlin, Woodford Folk Festival, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Summersault Festival, Dublin Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Edinburgh’s Christmas, London Wonderground, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and Mackay Arts Festival)
McGuiness is composer and performing musical director of the circus theatre production Scotch and Soda, produced by Brisbane-based circus Company 2, which to date has had successful seasons across Australia, the UK and Germany. In 2015 he contributed musical direction and arrangements to Anya Anastasia’s 2015 commission for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival Rogue Romantic. He has arranging and producing credits that include contributions to successful albums by the artists Passenger, Holly Throsby, All Our Exes Live in Texas and Tentempiés, and has to date released seven albums of music ranging from traditional jazz to contemporary songwriting.