DALE GORFINKEL is a multi-instrumentalist, improvisor, instrument builder, installation artist and educator. He is interested in finding fresh ways of presenting and making music. These include outdoors, across artforms, and inter-cultural and inter-generational contexts. He brings creative communities together & shifts perceived boundaries of scenes, styles & artforms. Dale’s work reflects an awareness of the dynamic nature of culture & the value of listening as mode of knowing people & places.
Dale enjoys building automated sonic contraptions and modifying other instruments, especially the vibraphone. He creates wondrous sonorities using continuous bowed inventions on aluminium bars, swinging tin resonators and bouncing ping-pong balls that create random rhythms. He has also developed a quirky approach to the trumpet, using additional plastic tubing, footpumps, shower roses, balloons, and various mouthpieces that create unpredictable sounds. He also plays balafon (African xylophone), drums and saxophone.
In 2013, 2009 & 2007 he was awarded Australia Council grants to develop new instruments & installations of automated kinetic sound sculptures and record new works. He employs common materials to create unexpectedly wondrous & immersive sonic environments. Some installations seek to reframe technology through the intersection of electro & acoustic, new & old mediums, such as his use of data projectors & spinning styrofoam causing quasi-holographics. Other installations illuminate acoustic phenomena, some are affected by solar & wind activity, and many seek a tactile interactivity especially popular with children. Play is an important part of the creative process whether it is improvising with sounds or experimenting with materials to create instruments & sculptures.
In 2011, he founded Out Hear to encourage a culture of listening, soundwalks & performances in non-conventional spaces. These events in urban, bush & odd in-between spaces aim to address issues of ecological awareness, well-being & accessibility. The contextual shifts allow for the exploration of new audience-performer-environment relationships. www.outhear.com
Dale is an active member of Australia’s creative sound communities including improvised music, electronic arts, jazz and African musics. He graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2004 specializing in jazz vibraphone which he began playing at the age of 14. He has performed throughout Australia as well as in Europe, Africa, USA and New Zealand.
For 2014-2016, Dale was a recipient of an Emerging Artist Creative Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts.
Collaborations include: Prophets, Sounds Like Movement with Peter Fraser, Yared Trio with Haftu Redda and Evelyn Morris, Aviva Endean, Peter Farrar, Shani Mohini Holmes, Caitlin Franzmann and Ross Manning, Brett Thompson, Jim Denley and West Head Project, Appiah Annan and Asanti Dance Theatre, Heddy Boubaker (Fr), Peter Blamey, Robbie Avenaim SSL, Farfinkel Pugowski, Arek Gulbenkoglu, Anthony Magen. He also helps to facilitate the community music group at the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.
The Instrument Builders Project, National Gallery of Victoria (2014)
The Instrument Builders Project, Jogjakarta (2014)
Bendigo Festival of Exploratory Music (2014)
Doek Festival Amsterdam (2012)
Art on Wheels, Darwin Visual Arts Assoc (2012)
Artist-in-residence at Footscray Community Arts Centre (2011)
‘Cuttings’ at Linden Contemporary Art Spaces (2011) with Aphids
Lock Up Gallery, Newcastle, Electrofringe Artist in residence (2010)
Always Moving, Gertrude St Gallery (2010)
Touch at A Distance, 7000 Oaks Festival at Heidi Museum of Modern Art (2010)
Infinite Music Machine at Westspace Gallery, Melbourne (2009) for Liquid Architecture.
‘Out of Space, A Festival of Performances and Sound Installations’ which he curated at Bus Gallery, Melbourne (2008)
ArtsLab in DwellingUp (WA) with Alan Lamb and Rosalind Hall (2008)
‘Vaucanson’s Duck: A Festival of Automated Instruments and Installations’ with Ernie Althoff and Robbie Avenaim at Bus Gallery, Melbourne (2007)
‘The Outing’, with Tim Gregory at Horus Deloris Gallery, Sydney (2007)
Doek Festival Amsterdam with Cor Fuhlur (2012); Miss Hecker, Berlin; La Compiloteque, Brussels; Cave12, Geneve; Fragment Asso, Metz; Trashvortex, Paris; La Maison Peinte, Toulouse (2012); Malthouse Theatre, Dandenong Drum Theatre & Oasis, Cape Coast Ghana with Asanti Dance Theatre (2012); Moomba Festival with Prophets (2012); MONA FOMA Festival, Hobart (2012); Wangaratta Jazz Festival with Barney McAll’s Graft (2011); Melbourne International Jazz Festival (2010); WhatisMusic; The NOW now Festival, Jazzgroove, Sounds Like Movement with Peter Fraser – Punctum Seedpod residency (2010), Tasmania’s Ten Days on the Island International Arts Festival (2009); Tess DeQuincey’s Run, Carriageworks (2009); Australian Tour with American trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith (2008); Articulating Space Festival; Vitamin-S Festival, Auckland, NZ (2007); Jazzgalerie, Nickelsdorf, Austria (2007); Princeton University, USA (2006); featured on ABC TV series ‘Set’ (2006).
He has curated & produced the Out Hear Festival at Footscray Community Arts Centre (2011), festivals at Westspace (2009) & Bus Gallery (2007 & 2008). Before moving to Melbourne in 2008, he co-curated & organised The NOW now series & Festival in Sydney.
Dale currently works with other volunteers to facilitate the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Music Group. Since 2008, he worked for The Song Room, teaching percussion, instrument building and sound art to disadvantaged primary school students, mostly refugees. He conducts monthly workshops at The Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital and has presented workshops at The Dwellingup Arts Lab, WA , The 2008 NOW now Festival, The Queensland University of Technology, RMIT School of Design, Charles Darwin University, & The Sustainable Living Festival.
Switches & Hose – NEW Solo Album, Splitrec 25 (2014) buy here
Prophets Vol.1-3 Ah!Puch!Records (2013), Vol.4 (2016)
West Head Project- A Closely Woven Fabrik, Denley/Brooks/Gorfinkel, SplitrecCD21 (2010)
Gulbenkoglu Gorfinkel – Vibraphone/Snare, AvantWhatever002 (2008)
Sonic Systems Laboratory: Robbie Avenaim + Dale Gorfinkel 2 Vibraphones, SplitRecCD18 (2007)
Peter Farrar/Dale Gorfinkel Duo independent relase(2007)
Farfinkel Pugowski, Wollongong/ Paddington 2006, independent release (2006)
AFG Plains – Fuhler (NED)/Avenaim/Gorfinkel (2006)
Splinter Orchestra, SplitrecCD17 (2006)
Mike Nock Project, Meeting of the Waters, JazzHead Records (2007)