ComposersKate Tempany

Collaborating on The ANAM Set with ANAM musician Nicholas Corkeron QLD trumpet 

Kate Tempany is a composer, tabla player and workshop artist. Based in Melbourne but born in the Riverina town of Echuca (Yorta Yorta country), Kate combines a passionate interest in the environment with a vibrant intercultural arts practice drawing on Hindustani, West African and Indian folk compositional idioms.

Her recent body of work, Monsoon Folio, explores a unique musical language both intensely melodic and densely percussive, which has been described as “Debussy meets Indian music”. Kate’s compositions have been premiered by leading Australian musicians such as Michael Kieran Harvey, Joseph Lallo, Tim Munro, the VCA-MCM Brass and Percussion ensembles in collaboration with Peter Neville, and Speak Percussion with ArtPlay performers.

Kate has appeared in Scandinavia as support act for the Western Arnhem Land Indigenous troupe White Cockatoo, in India and across Australia in settings from Woodford Folk Festival to Bennett’s Lane. She has used intercultural composition, percussion and dance as tools for community development over several decades. Kate has studied a wide variety of subjects at tertiary level, from physics and vector calculus to social theory, Hindi and Sanskrit. Right now she is learning Arabic.

Kate is a recipient of the Australian Government Endeavour Award and the Catherine Mary Sullivan Scholarship in Music Composition, and was the 2019 Grainger Composer in Residence. She has just completed an M. Mus (Composition) with first-class honours at Melbourne University.

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