Kate Moore: Upcoming artist-in-residence

Kate Moore, Dances and Canons, 2014,
album released by ECM New Series, performed by Saskia Lankhoorn

Kate Moore is a composer of new music. Originally from Sydney, she's been based in the Netherlands since 2002, and this year she's back home - participating in a number of creative projects in Australian including the Gunyah artists-in-residence program. Kate creates worlds of sound for acoustic and electroacoustic media and writes instrumental music, concert music and sound installations. She specialises in creating surprising performance scenarios that feature virtuosic instrumentalists and musicians set amidst unusual and alternative performance circumstances. Her work has been performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and at major festivals including The Holland Festival, The Sydney Film Festival, ISCM World Music Days 2010 and MATA 2009. Kate has worked with many ensembles including Slagwerk Den Haag, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Nieuw Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Calder Quartet, Ensemble Offspring, and Asko|Schönberg. She holds a doctorate from The Conservatorium of Sydney (Sydney University 2008-2012), she completed her masters at the Koninklijk Conservatorium (2002-2004) and received a Bachelor of Music with first class honours from the Australian National University (1998-2001). Kate was awarded prizes including Den Haag Toptalent (2012), De Komeet cultural award (2010) and the Carlsbad Festival of Music Composition Prize (2010) among others.

To find out more about Kate's work please see www.katemoore.org

Kate Moore 2014, during a rehearsal at at the Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht Netherlands, 
photo by Johan Nieuwenhuize

"During this residency at Gunyah I will be working on a collection of pieces, with the working title Survivors and Dreamers, which will be written, performed and documented to form a complete and self-sufficient body of work of around 60 minutes. This work will illuminate a philosophical and historical perspective that consolidates and sums up my recent research into the context and origin of the creative process. Survivors and Dreamers ties into my larger current series of commissioned pieces and collaborations with Australian performers. 
I would like to bring to life a set of pieces for myself to perform."

Kate Moore, PUUR, 2008, with dance work performed by Andreas Kuck and
Juan Martinez, choreographed by Neel Verdoorn

"The work, once complete, will toured to national and international festivals and venues. The body of work will be comprised of a set of shorter pieces that constitute chapters within an overall narrative, each one with it’s own character and specific theme. Each piece will be varied in instrumentation and set-up, creating a spatial, enveloping sonic-theater. Some pieces will be a variety of instrumental combinations within the given resources for example solo instrument, voice and electronics, electronics only or prerecorded sound installation to name a few options. My setup for this will revolve around instruments including the voice, cello/ electric cello, keyboards and live electroacoustic installation. I will use this work as a vehicle to pursue research and analysis into the current political climate of Australia, immigration policies and history, the definition of nationalism and its implications, the environment, gender politics, education and social history. This research will provide the backbone and content of the folio that will manifest in the employment of text, field recordings, titles and program notes. 
The work will not shy away from dark and serious thematic material and will be woven and distilled within intensely beautiful, enrapturing, all encompassing sonic discourse formed from structures based on natural cycles found within the Australian biosphere."

Kate Moore, Cello Concerto, 2014, performed by Ashley Bathgate and ASKO|Schoenberg Ensemble
at the Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht Netherlands