Based in Melbourne, Australia, Gus has a background in both music and management, and specialises in composition and sound design for theatre, dance and film. With over 22 years experience in the arts industry he conceived of and manages the Blue Grassy Knoll’s filmscore projects and is also producer and composer-in-residence with Redspan Dance Company. He works as a freelance composer/sound designer for companies such as Red Stitch Theatre and Complete Works Theatre and performs in Melbourne bands Hobson’s Choice, Devil Goat Family String Band and Stretch ‘n’ the Truth. In 2004 he completed a Graduate Diploma Course in Sound Design at Victorian College of the Arts, working with sound and music in a variety of different of art forms and collaborated with artists including Robert Draffin, Jon Bolton, Vanessa Pigrum, Kat Stewart, Dave Graney, Alison Bell and Leah Purcell. At the beginning of 2008 he worked in London as composer-in-residence for Theatre O’s production of Delirium (an adaptation of Brother’s Karamazov), which was performed at the Barbican Theatre in November 2008. In 2009 he performed with Chinese guitarist Akbar Ablitz as part of the Split Festival in Beijing and also created sound and music for the show Copernicus at the Melbourne Planetarium that won Peoples Choice Award at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. He works as a freelance session musician and runs the Melbourne School of Banjo where he teaches students one on one.
On top of this he has an Honours Degree in English and a Masters Degree in Australian Studies from Monash University, and was the 2005 Guildford Banjo Jamboree’s two-tune pick-off champion.