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.
These are Cat Hope's news pages, updated as activities occur.