Tam Ka-Shu (Kenneth), based in Hong Kong, draws most of his musical inspiration from daily auditory experiences in his home city. His music is characterized by its complex timbre and its fluctuating linearity.
Tam’s works have been performed and have received radio broadcasts all over the world, including in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Greece, Mexico, Croatia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, New Zealand, Turkey, and Korea. His works have also been featured in various international events such as the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers, the International Computer Music Conference, the Asian Composers League Conference, MUSLab Electroacoustic Music International Exhibition, among others. His works cover a wide range of genres, ranging from music for traditional forces to multimedia creations. He has worked with artists and ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet (UK), the Vertixe Sonora Ensemble (Spain), Ensemble Mise-En (US), the Hanatsu Miroir (France), the Hayley-Laufer Duo (US/Canada), the RTHK quartet (Hong Kong), the choreographer/dancer Mary Schnepf (USA), to name but a few.
Tam earned his PhD in Music Composition at the University at Buffalo. He completed his Bachelor's at Hong Kong Baptist University and his Master's at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His major composition teachers include David Felder, Cort Lippe, James Mobberley, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Christopher Keyes, and Christopher Coleman.
Photo Credit: Kris Yee, Dr. Cheung Pui Shan
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