Cat Hope has been promoted to Professor and appointed the Head of the Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University from 2017. She will move to Melbourne in January 2017. See the news article here. In other academic news, Hope has been appointed to the Australia Research Council's College of Experts.
Cat has contributed an article to NiTRO, and online magazine about non traditional research outcomes. Entitled "It is Time For Unviersitites To Support Independent Artists" You can read it here.
An episode of RTRFM's Difficult Listening was dedicated to Cat, with presenter Bryce Moore playing music by Gata Negra, Decibel, Abe Sada and more between chatting with Cat. Listen to the stream here - click on 18 December.
Decibel are touring Japan in December, with 6 shows around Tokyo and in Kofu. They will perform two pieces by Hope, Majority of One and The Lowest Drawer. Hope will also be performing in a variety of works, including the Japanese premiere of Decibel's John Cage Complete Variations project.
The Lowest Drawer was also performed in a program of works by Stephen Emmerson, who was visiting professor at WAAPA, ECU in November, performed by Decibel. Similarly, a Decibel concert with Zubin Kanga saw another performance of Fourth Estate. This piece was also performed by Dan Thorpe at the ABC Studio 520 during the Soundstream Emerging Composers Forum in Adelaide in early December, where Cat mentored young composers in the development of new work.
Hope's piece for 12 cymbals 'The Dying Pillow' has been released on Australian percussion group Synergy's web site. You can hear that here, with a beautiful video by Sam James.
Other premieres have included a new peice for two sustaining instruments and electrconics, Great White, that was premiered in Hamburg, Germany, during a DAAD residency there.
Cat's opera Speechless will be developed at VitalStatistix in Adelaide in July next year.
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.
February 2015 sees the release of the first After Julia Podcast from ABC FM - Cat Hope's 'Tough it Out'. There is also a keynote presentation in Brisbane at Createworld on the back of Hope's co-authored book 'Digital Arts: An introduction to new media".
These are Cat Hope's news pages, updated as activities occur.