Based in Hong Kong, Tam Ka-Shu (Kenneth) derives his musical inspiration from the sounds of daily life. His music is known for its intricate timbre and fluid linearity and encompasses a broad range of genres, including traditional music and multimedia works. In addition, Tam is passionate about enhancing the audience's sonic experience through the use of cutting-edge technology, such as interactive sensors, devices, and real-time audio processing. He also enjoys collaborating with individuals outside the music field, such as engineers and scientists, to create innovative and unique works that push the boundaries of traditional composition.
Tam's compositions have garnered recognition and acclaim worldwide, having been performed and broadcasted in countries such as the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Greece, Mexico, Croatia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, New Zealand, Turkey, and Korea. His works have been showcased in prestigious international events including the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers, the International Computer Music Conference, the Asian Composers League Conference, and the MUSLab Electroacoustic Music International Exhibition, among others. Throughout his career, Tam has collaborated with numerous renowned 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), and the RTHK quartet (Hong Kong), as well as the choreographer and dancer Mary Schnepf (USA), among others.
In 2022, Tam was honored with the prestigious Rieman and Baketel Fellows for Music by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University at Buffalo, and holds a Bachelor's degree from Hong Kong Baptist University and a Master's degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Throughout his academic career, Tam studied under diverse esteemed composition teachers, including 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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