Ross Bolleter (born 1946) is an Australian avantgarde composer and improviser notable for his experimentation on ruined pianos. He has been a member of The Blackeyed Susans and he is a co-founder of the WARPS Music label.
Preview: Piano Dreaming, Unfinished Business, Under Rookwood, Going to War Without the French is Like Going to War Without an Accordion, That Time, The Complete History of a Minute, Southpaw, Track Me Down, L’invitation au voyeur, Myo Sei – Dark Sky. Full songs: Stella by Starlight, Duplicities Jack Stack.
Bolleter started his career by practicing improvised music with the flautist Tos Mahoney. He later went to study music, including theory, history and composition, at the University of Western Australia, between 1964 to 1967. This re-awoke his interest in the music of composers such as Anton Webern, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Boulez, whom he had studied as part of his course. He then went investigating non-conventional timbral and rhythmic possibilities of the prepared piano. In the last 10 years Bolleter has explored playing with ruined pianos, that is old pianos that have been found after having been left exposed to the action of time and weather, thus acquiring novel and unexpected musical possibilities.
Bolleter is primarily interested in improvisation, both as a solo player and in group work. Although he has composed some pieces formally, he feels little interest in having pieces recreated by other performers.
* My Nallan Void on Austral Voices (New Albion, 1990)
* The Country of Here Below Tall Poppies (1994)
* Crow Country (Pogus, 1999)
* Left Hand of the Universe (WARPS 1997)
* The Night Moves on Little Feet (WARPS 1997)
* Piano Dreaming (WARPS 2002)
* Pocket Sky (WARPS 2004)
* Spring in Iraq (with A. Cormican) (WARPS 2004)
* Paradise Café (Sunset Ostrich 2004)
* Secret Sandhills and satellites (Emanem, 2007)
* Fostering Creative Improvisation at the Keyboard (1985)
* All the Iron Night – a book of poems and stories, many dealing with musical themes (2004)
* The Well Weathered Piano (2005)