Martin Mackerras is a composer and performer active in Melbourne. After studying at Victorian College of the Arts he studied at Manhattan School of Music (clarinet and composition) as Fulbright scholar.
In recent years he has performed and recorded with many different artists and ensembles of varying styles including classical music, contemporary classical, improvised music, pop, folk and world music. Among these are Laura Jean (as a member of the Eden Land Band he toured many times with Laura Jean and appears on Eden Land and A Fool Who'll), Bucket Rider (for the Melbourne Festival), Sally Seltmann, Grand Salvo, Lior, Bolt and Libra Ensemble (contemporary classical) Spiel Azoi ( Klezmer). He is currently a member of Ross Mclennans New World Orchestra appearing on his recent albums 'All the Colours Print can Manage' and 'The Nights Deeds are Vapour' His clarinet playing was featured in the 2015 add campaign for Heinze Baked Beans. He is a sought after woodwind teacher and directs ensembles for school kids primary to secondary.
As a composer he has released the CD 'As All The Heaven Were a Bell' for ensemble and computer manipulated sounds and 'The Waves' for solo piano commisioned and performed by Michael Kieran Harvey.
The Vehicle for all his creative endeavours is his own ensemble Maya-dremaer and the Future happiness Orchestra, song writing, kraut rock, minimalism and experimental music are all part of this groups aesthetic. They have performed in many venues around Melbourne and for the Fringe Festival. They have released alums 'Love is your Destiny' and 'LIght of the World'. (for samples please go to the website maydreamers.com)
Maya-dreamer are currently working on a new album with the working title 'Existential Pop' due to be recorded in mid 2018
As All the Heavens were a Bell and The Waves (2005)
“"As always in Martin Mackerras’s music, the evocation of timelessness holds sway. The ocean’s forgotten depths and her shimmering, hopeful horizon are the dimensions of the human soul in its inner eternity, rising and sinking incessantly, the perpetual undulations resolving to the stillness of pure tone, as though the soul were a vibrating string…as though the soul were a lyre…The piano strives to become its entelechy, the lyre of waves. In the beginning was the ocean.
….Martin beholds the world with the untarnished wonder of a child who feels intuitively how in the ocean waves are not accidental transmissions of energy, but essential inner character. In this, ocean waves are like musical tones"
.Danaë Killian , writer and pianist
"Mackerras homes in on the extremes , the epiphany , the "total " energy. His clarinet improvisation is a frenzied vault at the physical extremes of the instrument, reaching out to a higher consciousness".
Harriet Cunnigham, Real Time
Love is Your Destiny ( 2011)
Using a six-piece band plus singers and an orchestra, Mackerras’s hour-plus debut as May Dreamers is reliably airy despite just how much is happening at one time….It’s baroque pop in the mode and scale of Burt Bacharach or Pet Sounds. The layers are as heady as the sentiments are sunny and hopeful (see the album title)".
Doug Wallen, mess+noise
Light of the World (2015)
‘The Orchestral pop recording of the year , a triumph’
Paul Gough, The Inside Sleeve (included in the Inside sleeve 2016 best albums)
Maya-dreamer and the Future Happiness Orchestra