Associate Professor Kim Cunio

Senior Lecturer in composition and convenor of musicology, College of Arts and Social Sciences

A/Prof Kim Cunio, Head of the School of Music at the Australian National University (ANU), 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. Kim writes for the peak body the Deans and Directors of the Creative Arts, the Crawford Centre for Public Policy at the ANU and has a regular segment on ABC Radio Canberra to discuss music and the larger word.

A descendant of Mizrachi Jews from India and Iraq, Kim is a recipient of the ABC Golden Manuscript Award for his work on traditional music. His compositions have been played internationally with performances at the Whitehouse, United Nations, and festivals in a number of countries. His list of commissioning organisations includes the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Foundation for Universal Sacred Music (USA), and many others. A number of Kim's projects and tours have been funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Commonwealth Government. Kim is currently working on a series of albums with the Gyuto Monks of Tibet; a project setting the sounds of space with the British Antarctic Survey and artist engineer Diana Scarborough; and a project on enforced feticide in India with writer and gender scholar Manish Sharma.

Research interests

Music composition, traditional music, ethnomusicology, music and the sciences, music and health

  • Kenny, M, Cunio, K & Pickering, P 2020, Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny: COVID-19 and hitting the wrong notes for the arts.
  • Harriden, K, Weir, J & Cunio, K 2020, 'Climate Grief, Expert Evidence and Academic Practice', Transform: The Journal of Engaged Scholarship, vol. 5, pp. 13-26pp.
  • Cunio, K 2018, 'Entropy: Where Byzantium Meets Jazz Enja Records ENJ-9638 2 (Various Performer)', Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. 50, pp. 224-224.
  • Cunio, K & Hitchcock, M 2017, 'Creative Practice: Investigating the Development of Inter-disciplinary Collaboration in the Creative Arts', INTED, ed. unknown, IATED, unknown.
  • Cunio, K & Dowrick, S 2016, Rising.
  • Cunio, K 2014, 'Reinterpreting Tradition (2011-2016)'.
  • Cunio, K 2015, 'New Methods in Composition (2013-2016)'.
  • Cunio, K, Campbell, G & Ngarukuruwala, N 2016, Goose Moorfish and the Footy.
  • Cunio, K & Sharma, M 2015, The Vanishing.
  • Cunio, K, Gyuto Monks of Tibet, G & Lee, H 2015, Embrace of the Cosmic Mother.
  • Cunio, K & Gyuto Monks of Tibet, G 2014, Beyond Karma.
  • Cunio, K 2015, Navigating Norman Creek.
  • Cunio, K, Houle, F & Bown, O 2015, Playing the Castle.
  • Cunio, K & Lee, H 2015, Savitri.
  • Cunio, K 2014, Three Film Projects.
  • Cunio, K & Dowrick, S 2014, Psalm 57.
  • Cunio, K 2014, The Adventures of Prince Achmed.
  • Cunio, K, Dowrick, S, Lee, H et al 2013, Heavenly.
  • Cunio, K & Draper, P 2013, 'The 'little r' in Artistic Research Training', in Scott Harrison (ed.), Research and Research Education in Music Performance and Pedagogy, Springer Dordrecht, Germany, pp. 105-117.
  • Cunio, K 2013, Oneness.
  • Cunio, K 2012, 'Piano Games: Multiple compositions from a single source', The Australasian Computer Music Conference, ACMC 2012, Australasian Computer Music Association, Australia.