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Biography
PROFILE:
Thirty years of experience making, playing and researching wind instruments. Experience and credentials in: performances and lectures; ceramic work and exhibitions; the acoustics of musical instruments; original research into prehispanic musical instruments, with several published articles; and teaching a variety of related subjects to all ages.
BA, English, UC Berkeley & New York University; MA, Psychology, Pepperdine University.

AWARDS:
City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Cultural Affairs: Artist in Residence Grants
McKnight Visiting Composer's Project Grant, Minnesota
The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions: travel grant to Audio/Art Festival in Krakow, Poland
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs: Artist in Communities Grants
California Arts Council: Touring Roster
California Arts Council: Artist in Schools and Social Institutions
NEA Craft Project Grant: research throughout Mexico on prehispanic musical instruments

ARTIST ACTIVITIES:
Making and playing ceramic wind instruments:
flutes, pipes, ocarinas, whistles, trumpets, clay-doos, musical bowls, sound sculptures, and more.

Lectures:
Wild Music, traveling exhibition: North Carolina Museum of Science, Raleigh, NC
Wats:on Festival for Interdisciplinary Artists, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; PA
Music in Clay, Metropolitan Museum, New York
Looking at Art with Artists; Music in Clay, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Music in Clay, Universities of California at Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Diego

Exhibitions:
Musical Mud, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California
Sounds Like Art, Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco
Ellipsis Arts, Winter Gardens, New York City, New York
Fa So La Brmm Bzzz Tck Sa, El Camino College, Torrance
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Articles:
From Mud to Music: Making and Enjoying Ceramic Musical Instruments, Baird & Hall, American Ceramic Society, Carbondale, OH, Book/CD, featured instrument builder/performer
Movers & Shakers: the 40 most exciting soulful artists of 2003, Jon Spayde; Utne Arts Extra
Harmonic Combinations: Sound Sculptures by Susan Rawcliffe, Ceramics Monthly, Vol. 45, #8
Gravikords, Whirlies and Pyrophones: Ellipsis Arts, #3530, book & CD, Bart Hopkin
The Flutes and Sound Sculptures of Susan Rawcliffe; Experimental Musical Instruments, Vol.11# 2; CD #12
"I flauti precolombiani de Susan Rawcliffe," Gianluigi Gasparetti; Deep Listenings #2, Rome, Italy

Musical performances on artist's instruments and didjeridus:
Strange Attractors: Steinburg, composer; MANY AXES with string quartet, Zipper Hall, LA
JUAN DARIEN, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater: Julie Taymor, director, Elliot Goldenthal, composer; also Off-Broadway & on tour
AudioArt Festival, Krakow, Poland; Pipeline Festival, Podewil; Berlin, Germany
Logos Foundation, Gent, Belgium
Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
New Langton Arts, SF, CA
The Magic of Music, The Music of Magic, Los Angeles Theatre Center
The Knitting Factory, NYC
New Music America, Houston, TX
Cedar Cultural Center, Mpls, MN
performances with Don Buchla, Brad Dutz, Alex Cline, Ron George, Vinny Golia & more

Recordings:
Triangle of Need: Griffin, composer; installation by Catherine Sullivan; Walker Art Center, Mpls, MN
2 MANY AXES: Susan Rawcliffe, Scott Wilkinson, Brad Dutz; pfMentum
MANY AXES, as above; eponymous CD
JUAN DARIEN: Goldenthal, composer; Broadway show CD; Sony Classics
Studio recordings, television & commercials
films: Michael Shepard, composer Jeff Dana; War at Home, composer Basil Poledouris, didjeridu & flutes; The Island of Dr. Moreau, composer Gary Chang, didjeridu
PERSONAL ETHNIC, with Alex Cline, percussion

RESEARCH INTO PREHISPANIC CLAY FLUTES:
Articles:
"Entrancing Sounds: Beats, difference tones and other sounds in prehispanic flutes," Orient-Archäologie Band 22, Studien zur Musikarchäologie VI; Both, Eichmann, Hickmann, & Koch, Eds.; VML, Rahden/Westf. Leidorf, Germany
"Eight West Mexican Flutes in Fowler Museum," Music Archaeology: Mesoamerica; Both & Sanchez, Eds. The World of Music, Vol. 49(2) 2007; Journal of the Department of Ethnomusicology, Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg
"Sounding Clay: Pre-Hispanic Flutes," Orient-Archäologie Band 8, Studien zur Musikarchäologie III; Hickmann & Eichmann, Eds. Verlag Marie Leidorf Gmbf, Rahden/Westf, Germany
"Complex Acoustics in PreColumbian Flute Systems," Musical Repercussions of 1492, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992; Experimental Musical Instruments, Vol. VIII #2, cassette #VIII, 1992;
National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts Journal Vol. 14, 1993-4.

Lectures:
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Complex Acoustics in Pre-Columbian Flutes
International Study Group of Musical Archaeology-twice: Berlin & Blankenburg, Germany
American Association for the Advancement of Sciences-twice
Acoustical Society of America-three times
National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts
Construction Practices in Pre-Hispanic Flutes: the Acoustical Society of America, & the Iberoamerican & Mexican Congresses of Acoustics: joint meeting, Cancun, Mexico

TEACHING, WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS:
University of Southern CA, Ceramics Department: making clay flutes
City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Cultural Affairs: Artist in Residence at Park Western/Harbor Math Science School, ceramics, musical instruments and performance
McKnight Visiting Composer's Project Grant, Minnesota: workshops for adults and high school students in making and playing ceramic musical instruments, plus lectures, performances and radio broadcasts
Chatham College & Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA: workshops in making and playing ceramic musical instruments, plus lectures
Chatham College & Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh, PA: Artist in Residence
California State University at Dominguez Hills: Methods for teaching art & music
Ceramics Instructor, Visiting Artist: Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
California Arts Council, Artist in Schools and Social Institutions at the Exceptional Children's Foundation: making music & musical instruments with retarded adults
California Institute for Men, Chino, CA: Arts in Corrections, World Music and the Didjeridu.
Music Center on Tour, Education Dept.: K-5 Artist-Specialist in making simple musical instruments, elementary acoustics & ceramics
Performing Tree, Los Angeles: K-6, Master Artist-Instructor in ceramics, making and playing simple musical instruments & children's performances
Arts Alaska, Artist in Residence in Unalaska and Shungnak: K-adult, workshops in music and musical instruments, didjeridu & making clay flutes; performances, teacher inservices


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