Eve Klein - Artist bio

This is contemporary music at its most relevant – it is simultaneously inward and outward focused in addressing the challenge of its existence and its capacity to produce something great.
— Melonie Bayl-Smith, Cyclic Defrost, Issue 31

Eve Klein is a composer, vocalist, sound artist and academic whose work draws together traditional and experimental classical music, interactive performance art, and glitchy electronica. Eve’s work has featured at Australian and international festivals including VIVID Sydney, Brisbane Festival, Underbelly Arts, Turra New Music Festival, Undisclosed Territories (Indonesia), Melaka Art and Performance Festival (Malaysia), and the International Festival of Artistic Innovation (England). Eve’s recordings have been released on Wood and Wire, New Weird Australia, and Feral Media. As a mezzo soprano Eve has appeared as a principal artist with Opera Australia and Pacific Opera in over 300 performances. Eve holds a PhD in Music and Sound and is Senior Lecturer in Music Technology at the School of Music, University of Queensland.

Eve is most noted for her electronic opera The Pomegranate Cycle which was a finalist for Vocal Work of the Year in the 2014 Art Music Awards presented by APRA and the Australian Music Centre. The album version of The Pomegranate Cycle has been downloaded over 60,000 times since its release in 2013. 


Eve’s recent work explores the intersection of the body, technology, mass datasets and social justice. In 2015 Eve produced Counting 2015 (ABC Classic FM), a multimedia performance work using crowdsourced video and collaboratively curated datasets to highlight the affect of numbers in online social justice campaigns run by organisations like Black Lives Matter and Destroy the Joint. In 2016 Eve designed the sound for Sulcus Loci (World Science Festival/ Asia Pacific Architecture Forum/ State Library of Queensland), an interactive environment created using data from The Queensland Brain Institute’s Microscopy Unit in collaboration with staff and students from University of Queensland. In this work Eve transformed real-time brain imaging data into an augmented and interactive soundscape. Also in 2016 Eve was invited to present a keynote address on her arts practice at New York University’s IMPACT! Conference.

Eve was a recipient of a 2017 APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund grant and an Australia Council for the Arts new work grant for her project Vocal Womb. Vocal Womb premiered at MONA FOMA in January 2018 (Museum of Old and New Art, TAS) to widespread critical acclaim and international press coverage. Vocal Womb will tour internationally throughout 2020-2021.

Photo by Ravi Glasser-Vora.

Photo by Ravi Glasser-Vora.