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Flo Wilson

Flo Wilson’s Biography

Last Updated:
24/04/2024, 7:18 am
Music & Sonic Arts
Arts Foundation Springboard 2024
Pākeha with English, Irish and Scottish ancestry
“It is a huge honour and privilege to be the recipient of a Springboard Award for 2024, and am so grateful to the Arts Foundation and donors for their support and faith in my practice. Having moved to Berlin in 2023, this award will afford me a level of stability at a crucial time in my career as I focus on creating/ developing new works, and attending professional development opportunities throughout Europe and the United Kingdom. I’m thrilled Jeff Henderson has agreed to be my mentor, who’s deep knowledge of the world of sound art always been a source of great admiration from me, and I look forward to learning and entering this new phase of creating with his support and guidance.”

Flo receives the Springboard Award gifted by The Todd Trust.

Flo Wilson is newly based in Berlin (DE) from their South Pacific home in Tāmaki Makaurau/ Auckland (NZ). Their diverse practice as an experimental electronic composer and producer spans choral-based performance, building immersive spatial AV installations, scoring for contemporary dance, and as a collaborator with songwriters.

In 2017 Flo released their debut EP '(Please) Keep Breathing', with a 2018 tape release on New Zealand experimental label mfmp. Flo's latest major sound work 'Prelude to a Requiem' was released bio-digitally through Berlin label Saplings Records, run by experimental vanguard producer FIS in 2022. Flo's work has been exhibited and performed internationally in USA (NIME, NYC), EU (Berlin), AUS (Australian Computer Music Conference, Verge Gallery), and across New Zealand (Spark Arena, The Dowse, Audio Foundation, New Zealand School of Dance, Beacon Festival, Outlier Festival, Audacious Festival of Sonic Arts). They were the co-artist in residence with Olivia Webb for the Toi Pōneke/ Te Kōkı̄ Sound Art Residency 2017/2018.

Flo will be mentored by 2008 Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi New Generation recipient Jeff Henderson.

Jeff Henderson is a musician, sound artist and producer who has been an integral part of the New Zealand creative music scene for over three decades. A prolific performer on saxophones and clarinet, he also plays in numerous bands and ensembles on a variety of regular and invented instruments. He has established and run venues, festivals, record labels and tours devoted to experimental and underground music and is currently Director of the Audio Foundation - an institution dedicated to adventurous music and Sound art in New Zealand.