About

Founded in 2001 in Melbourne Australia, Sunwrae is a presenter, producer, a music chamber group, an independent label and sheet music publisher for the musical works of composer Rae Howell.

The Label

Whilst there’s an exciting new release coming soon, we have a great catalogue of music by the Sunwrae Ensemble and solo recordings of director Rae Howell. Late  2016 we released Captain Matchbox (for free!), the ‘unreleased’ solo tracks of Rae Howell .. whilst 2015 saw the launch of Sunwrae’s fifth official release Invisible Wilderness Vol I & II, a double volume record of solo piano works by Rae Howell. Previous Sunwrae releases, performed by the Sunwrae Ensemble, include Never Stops to Wait (2005), Eavesdropping: Live at St Stephen’s (2006), Autumn Never Fall (2009), and Live at The Thornbury Theatre (2010). Other complimentary collaborative releases by Rae Howell include Heavy Forest Air (Kookydisc, 2013), and Rabbitsss’ Penguins (Misty Fjord, 2014). There is another Rabbitsss release on the way in 2017!!! Please visit our shop for further details and purchasing of these titles.

The Sheet Music Publisher

Our sheet music catalogue is growing: ‘Autumn Never Fall’ and ‘Rainlessness’ (for Piano Quintet) have been published~ more coming very sooon.. We have a publication of solo piano works, featuring 12 original works by Rae Howell (to accompany Volume I of the new solo albums Invisible Wilderness). All works are available in a printed book format, as well as for digital download as individual pieces (digital downloads are offered with a complimentary mp3 from the album).

During 2017 we will also be issuing more of Rae’s works. Signup to our mailing list to be notified of their release..

The Ensemble

The Sunwrae Ensemble features some of the finest musicians from Australia and abroad, hand-picked by director Rae Howell for their expertise in music performance, improvisation and individual style. The unique and flexible line-up includes piano, vibraphone, string quartet, harp, clarinets, alto flute, double bass, drum-set and percussion. Performing ‘little symphonies for the contemporary population’, Sunwrae features a repertoire of solo works to large ensemble arrangements.

Dynamic, engaging and visually stimulating, Sunwrae captivate audiences with hypnotic music textured with persuasive rhythms, improvisation and lush melodic lines. Howell’s compositions are a rare treat, crossing the boundaries of classical, jazz and cinematic music with surprising immediacy and vibrancy rarely experienced in contemporary music today.

Described as “Animated and energetic…” (Music Forum), “Spellbinding” (Music Network) and “Hypnotically beautiful with a flowing cinematic feel…” ( The Age), “Sunwrae is, without question, Australia’s best kept secret… The music paints every style, every influence, in complete, organic harmony.” (The Silent Ballet).

Selected festival appearances include Brisbane Festival, Camden Haven Music Festival, Apollo Bay Festival, Bright Spring Festival, SxSW Festival (Austin TX, USA), Golden Plains Festival (VIC) and I=U Festival (London). Additional appearances include ABC Classic FM’s Sunday Live and ABC TV’s Sunday Arts, the Famous Spiegeltent in Melbourne and the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House in Vietnam. Director Rae Howell now spends her time between Australia, the USA, and the UK.

“The Sunwrae Ensemble have true power and a brilliant finish…”
Karl Schwonik, Jazz Musician, Canada

“Rae Howell is a composition and musical genius”
Faster Louder

“Sunwrae…weaves a calming magic”
Clive O’Connell, The Age

“The Sunwrae Ensemble are fronted by the talents of musician, composer and vibraphonist extraordinaire Rae Howell. Their set was mesmerizing.”
Luna Kafé concert review

“These refreshingly underivative, striking compositions are all highlights-  it is safe to say that this live recording underlines Rae’s credentials as a composer and arranger of some originality and no shortage of imagination, and as a musician with a flair for melody, lyricism, and haunting drama. Most impressive, indeed.”
All About Jazz

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