Artistic Director and leader of the Sunwrae Ensemble, Rae Howell, is a Melbourne-based composer and performer on piano and vibraphone. She works regularly as a multi-instrumentalist (also on trumpet and mellophone) and performs as a guest artist crossing various genres in live performance, recording and international touring.
Howell was a finalist in the 2006 APRA Professional Development Awards and is a represented composer of Cantilena Music in London, UK. Howell has been a Musician in Residence at The Banff Centre in Alberta Canada, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida USA.
She has worked with jazz musician/composer and Blue Note Records Artist Sam Rivers (USA), Royal Society of Arts Fellow and composer/percussionist Eugene Skeef (Sth Africa/UK) and currently works by correspondance in an ongoing electronic recording project with engineer Jon Cohrs (USA), in 'Rabbits without Spleens'.