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Gian is a prolific vocalist and composer based in Melbourne, Australia with an approach that incorporates wordless singing and improvisation, songwriting; electronics and extended vocal techniques; new music and contemporary composition and collaborations with theatre and dance practitioners. She has released eight albums of her original music,and has featured on many projects and recordings for acclaimed Australian and American artists
She has been a multiple finalist in the prestigious Freedman Fellowship, Melbourne Music Prizeand Bell Awards. She was the recipient of the MJFF Apra Composers Commission, Creative Australia Fellowship and the PBS Young Elder of Jazz and recently won a Green Room Award in composition for theatre production Song For a Weary Throatby Rawcus Theatre and Invenio Singers.
Gian formed her vocal ensemble, Invenio Singers in 2010 featuring Australia’s best contemporary and improvising singers who are known for their singular aesthetic and performance approach. They have self-produced seven of Slater’s large scale works, released two albums and have collaborated with many musicians and theatre makers.
Gian is also a long-time passionate educator and lecturer in Voice, Jazz and Improvisation and a passionate mother of two.
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