BIOGRAPHY

ROSIE LANGABEER
composer/musician from Aotearoa

”…a suspended, surreal condition.”
New York Times, 2015.

“…the best drunk ballet I’ve ever seen…”
Dance Tabs, 2015.

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Photo by Bob Sweeney

 “…the whole production is pretty dazzling. The musicians — trombone, violin, accordion, tuba and more are in the instrument mix — play the audience into the theater and set a festive tone that somehow also bends time.

Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
Twelfth Night

“the show is buoyed along by a manic undercurrent even in its sharpest, most exquisitely clear-eyed moments, of which there are many. Like composer Rosie Langabeer’s music, its highs spin wildly and its lows are mournful and bottomless.”

New York Theater Review
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 …her wonderfully honest voice will make you want to cry and then sprinkle in some robot-bird-monsters.

Neil Feather

Magic Love Mirrors

“Rock-a-Bye,” one of three world premieres on the BalletX’s Summer Series program, suggests that (choreogrographer Penny Saunders) is a remarkably fresh mind, with talents for suspense and surrealism. In this, she has found an ideal composer in Rosie Langabeer whose original music for this work — Ms. Langabeer also sings and performs, with two other musicians — casts one spell after another.

Alistair Macaulay, New York Times

I’m just a little bit in love with Rosie Langabeer. From the first time that I saw her onstage in lab coat and protective glasses, playing the musical saw to the accompaniment of an electric drill, I knew she was the girl for me.

Rosheen Fitzgerald, The Hook

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By the end of the night, several men have shed their self-consciousness to perform some experimental dance moves. The audience has laughed, toe-tapped and been transported variously to the high seas, Italian osterie and fair old Auckland-town. I leave with a sense that I’ve spent the night in the company of good friends, despite having arrived alone.

Ester Du Fresne, The Hook
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“Rosie Langabeer can play outside one minute and the next you hear a deep subtle swing, a rare kind of pulse that you can feel in your bones. A gifted composer and leader in her own right, an extraordinary side-women when required. Moving from percussive, richly dissonant voicings to heart-stopping arpeggiated runs…Her iconoclastic playing delighted the audience.”

John Fenton, Jazz Local 32

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Photo by Rosie Whinray