Rasa Daukus is an award-winning composer, pianist and sound artist. Her practice explores eclectic approaches to minimalist, postclassical, ambient and soundscape genres, integrating music and sound with visual art, film, contemporary dance and physical performance.
A keen collaborator, Rasa’s work regularly involves blending art forms and artist exchange. She is thrilled to be a part of CO.LAB, a cross-disciplinary performance practice directed by Alison Plevey of the Australian Dance Party, which began in 2017 as a playground for interaction, ideas and skills expansion.
As part of contemporary classical duo Tess Said So with percussionist Will Larsen, she has released three albums, I Did That Tomorrow, Scramble + Fate and Piaf's Boyfriend to critical acclaim with European record label Preserved Sound. In 2017, they won both the Weekly Award and BankSA Award (Overall Outstanding Event) for Best Interactive, Film & Digital at the Adelaide Fringe Festival for their original live soundtrack production and performance to Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror.
In 2018, with photomedia artist Genevieve Swifte and mezzo soprano AJ America, Rasa established Ampleya, an interdisciplinary collaboration bringing together sound art, video installation and contemporary approaches to musical performance. With Ampleya, Rasa was awarded an ArtsACT grant to compose and record the music for their sound and vision project Kalos.
From 2013 to 2017, Rasa was the Director of Music at the University of Canberra. In 2017 she opened Music Classes Canberra, which specialises in adult music education. She is also a founding editor of Musicality Magazine, which launched in 2019.
Rasa is a graduate of the Australian National University School of Music (B.Mus.) and the University of Newcastle (M.Mus.(Distinction)).
Rasa's work has been performed in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America.
An experienced and dedicated music educator, Rasa is passionate about teaching music creatively. She has taught tertiary level music as well as absolute beginners, written numerous collections of educational piano works for students, served as university lecturer, subject convener and curriculum adviser, presenter, adjudicator, and on the board of the Music Teachers' Association.
In 2017, following four years as the Director of Music at the University of Canberra, she opened Music Classes Canberra, which specialises in adult music education.