Linda Dalgliesh began studying music privately in Brisbane at the age of nine, and her first public performance was in a piano accordion eisteddfod a year later. She began learning the saxophone in secondary school and quickly joined the concert and stage bands. Although her primary instrument is still the saxophone, she occasionally performs on electric bass, keyboard or flute.
In her early adulthood, Linda played in two big bands, and formed a seven-piece jazz-rock band to play corporate functions around south east Queensland. She toured outback Queensland and the Northern Territory in a country and western band, and played live music for theatre productions of "Little Shop Of Horrors" and "Angry Housewives" in Brisbane in the 1990s.
Linda has worked as an instrumental teacher for children and adults, and as musical director or assistant director for various ensembles. She performed in a duo, a Beatles covers band and a folk group while living in Japan in 2001-2004. Since 2010, she has worked with a big band, a rock covers group, a saxophone quartet and two duos in Western Australia.
Sources of inspiration for Linda's compositions vary widely and include Australian history, iconic desert landscapes, forest and pastoral scenery, temple gardens, and birdsong, as well as novels, poetry and biographies. Her music explores emotive themes such as curiosity, playfulness and awe.
Linda's favourite formats for composition are quartets; she enjoys writing for saxophone quartet and woodwind quartet. She believes that these formats have not yet been fully explored by Australian composers.
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