Christopher Sainsbury
Composer - Songwriter - Guitarist - Educator

A selection of media or database listings

"Sainsbury’s recently launched Platform Paper for Currency House publishers is essential reading for Australian composers, performers and programmers, not to mention critics."

(Limelight Magazine, May 2019, see:

The Conversation article on Sainsbury’s paper published by Currency House Ngarra-burria New Music and the Search for an Australian Sound April 2019:

Concert review on Sainsbury’s Bark of the ‘bidgee premiere in May 2019. See Resonate magazine. Includes commentary on the Ngarra-burria book:

Christopher Sainsbury - Winner Apra Art Music National Luminary Award (Individual) 2020.

The Ngarra-burria program (and composers) - part of the Sydney Living Museums 2020 award. See:

Limelight magazine article - Indigenous Composers Initiative (earlier operating name for Ngarra-burria composers group):

New Waves ABC Podcast program on Sainsbury’s music:

Coast Arts interview – Gosford NSW:

SBS-TV and online article - Indigenous Composers Initiative:

Avondale College's 'The Promise' flagship a cappella group CD Songbook article:

National Library of Australia (NLA) – selected works:

An Australian Concert Overture


The Flowergirls

Citation in The Techniques of Guitar Playing (Seth F. Josel and Ming Tao) the worlds leading contemporary guitar book:

ABC article on Ngarra-burria: First Peoples Composers (previously Indigenous Composers Initiative):

Listing in Sheerpluck, world leading database on contemporary guitar music (Germany):

Media release by NSW Minister for the Arts Troy Grant on major funding for two new works Civic Melancholy and the Brackish Songs exploring Sainsbury’s Regionalist trajectory (ie; articulating region via new works):

A selection of articles/reviews/presentations/guest lectures/papers and other non-composing contributions over the last 25 years:

Contributions to Resonate (Australian Music Centre magazine); various on Ngarra-burria (Australian Indigenous Composer Initiative); reviewer for Journal of Australian Studies, Leverhulme grants, other; contributions to the International Association of Music Libraries conference Canberra, to the Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia (new ed.), to Canberra Writers Festival, to the Indigenous focussed Our Music Day Listening to Sydney – Sydney Conservatorium (co-founder), to lectures on Indigenous education at UTS and various VocEd centres, lectures at the Darwin International Guitar Festival 2002, the 2016 ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) Future Directions in Indigenous Research Lecture, and more.