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, installation, dance and theatre.
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 modern classical duo Tess Said So with percussionist and producer Will Larsen, she has released three albums - Piaf's Boyfriend (2019), Scramble + Fate (2016), and I Did That Tomorrow (2014) - with 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 performance and audience interaction.
Rasa also writes extensively for solo piano. As with her other projects, collaborating remains at the heart of her work, currently working with American pianists Holly Roadfeldt and Erica Sipes and Danish Canadian pianist Sandra Mogensen.
Rasa's work has been performed in Australia, Asia, Europe, the UK and North America.
She holds music degrees from the Australian National University School of Music (B.Mus.) and the University of Newcastle (M.Mus.(Distinction)).
"Improvisational spirit, bold elegance, and impeccable musicianship."
STATIONARY TRAVELS (Scrambled + Fate review)
"Daukus’ piano is expressive and effervescent as ever whether painting in soft hues and wistful melodies or propelling the narrative with dazzling runs and sparkling arpeggios."
STATIONARY TRAVELS (Scramble + Fate review)
"Engaging and intriguing."
DRIFTING, ALMOST FALLING (Piaf's Boyfriend review)
"Piano-based, neo-classic expressionism at its best."
HEADPHONAUGHT (I Did That Tomorrow review)
"Pianist Rasa Daukus is nothing short of sublime."
THE STUDENT (Nosferatu review, Edinburgh Fringe Festival)
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, created music content for online, virtual and physical learning platforms, served as university lecturer, subject convener and curriculum adviser, presenter, adjudicator, and on the board of the Music Teachers' Association of NSW (Canberra).
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.
I make music on Ngunnawal country.
I acknowledge and celebrate the Ngunnawal people, the traditional custodians of the land on which I reside and practice. I extend my respect to their elders past and present, and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. This always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.