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Its been an exciting few months with lots happening.
Just tonight I performed with JG Thirlwell, playing inside the piano in his Cholera Nocebo performance as part of the Supersense festival here in Melbourne.
Decibel completed another two performances of the After Julia program, this time in Melbourne (Monash University) and Brisbane (Metro Arts), featuring my peice 'Tough It Out'. It was wonderful to have the group in Melbourne and tour with them again. It also involved me making a podcast about the project, the first in the Monash music series.
That was followed by one of the most amazing experiences of my life, the workshopping of my opera, Speechless, with the Australian Bass Orchestra, two community choirs and four soloists. Produced by Tura New Music, and taking place at Vitalstatistix in Adelaide, it was an immersive 2 weeks resulting in two showing of the work, unstaged. There is a blog here about the process.
I have now been in the role of Head of School at the music school at Monash University since the start of the year. This has been as exciting as it is challenging, but I am enjoying being part of the Monash Community.
As part of my academic work, i was thrilled to give a keynote at the Women In the Creative Arts conference at ANU in Canberra earlier this month. The other keynote was Liza Lim, and you can read about her experience, and the transcription of her keynote here. During the conference, my piece Shadow was performed.
In addition, my paper on Percy Grainger's Free Music was just published in the proceedings of the WA Chapter of the Australasian Musicology Society. You can read it here, alongside the other papers.
I have also been doing lots of bass performances here in Melbourne, solo at the Make It Up Club, but also in duos with Tina Havelock Stevens, Pedro Alvarez, as part of the Taipan Tiger Girls, and in Super Luminum with Lisa MacKinney.
I finalised my piece for Gabriella Smart, Kaps Freed, which we recorded at the Elder Hall in Adelaide, with Stuart James doing the electronics. I look forward to hearing its first live performance next year. Gabriella's group also performed a piece I wrote for her ensemble in 2012, Stella Degradation, at a concert in Adelaide on the 9th of August. You can read a review here and here.
Exciting news! Cat Hope's first monograph CD has been released on Hat Hut Records hat(now)ART label.
The album will be available worldwide from September through outhere music but a limited number are available to buy in Australia from here. All proceeds go to Decibel's commissioning fund for new music.
Other News this year
Why is there so little space for women in jazz? is and article written by Cat Hope for The Conversation. Read it here.
Cat is a keynote at the Women in Creative Arts conference at ANU in Canberra 10 -12 August. The other keynote is the wonderful Liza Lim, and the program features a wide range of exciting papers and performances.
December see's a few of Cat Hope's publications being made available.
Firstly, a provocative article in The Conversation entitled Music of our time: let’s embrace experimental music once and for all but also the publication of her keynote at the Australasian Computer Music Conference in Sydney later in November, Make for Change: Challenging gender issues in electronic music on the Listen Blog.
A co written chapter in the book Research, Records and Responsibility on Sydney University Press, edited by Harris, Thieberger and Barwick has been released, reflecting on aspects of the development of the Western Australian New Music Archive.
in other news, her solo album, co produced with Stuart James at Soundfield Studio is getting closer to completion. Watch this space!
Cat Hope performs with Decibel in the 'Inner Space - The Giacinto Scelsi project' on 6 August at WAAPA in the Main Auditorium at 7.30pm. You can buy tickets here.
Cat is giving a presentation to the University of Western Australia research seminar series on Tuesday 4th of August, at 5pm, talking about her Australia Research Council funded project, the Western Australian New Music Archive (WANMA) that was launched earlier this year. It's free, more information here.
Cat has written a peice for Julia Douhin's project Sweet Tribology. The peice is called Pulupe Strings, and is a response to an old gramaphone record track sent to Cat. It features Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Cat singing. Here is a Pozible Campaign - to make a chocolate record of Cat's peice - and a whole range of other wonderful artists peices - yes - you can have one too! Look at the lovely cover below, and a great video about the project is here.
Cat was quoted in the Western Australia Newspaper this last week about her submission to the Australian Goverment regarding arts funding. If you would like to read Cat's submissions to the NPEA inquiry, and call for feedback on the guidelines you can find them here and here.
These are Cat Hope's news pages, updated as activities occur.