Kitty's music travels into places of incredibly lush and delicate beauty, into space that reminds humans of what they can be and do. As well as talking with Kitty bout her music, we will be listening to some of her most recent work composed for the Nimbus Trio: an ensemble of flute, violin, and piano committed to new music by both Australian and international composers. Kitty's music finds undiscovered country in these three instruments, dappling them in strange colours, curious textures, building them into landscapes that have that inexplicable mix of newness and familiarity that dreams do.
Ian Parsons, The Sound Barrier on PBS FM - October 2017
Nimbus and Nipper– the first two works from Kitty Xiao’s Novum trilogy, were magnificent in its texture and tonality with both pieces further enhanced by incredible acoustical surroundings. Her new work Emei, which follows a journey up Mount Emei in Sichuan, China, was simply magical. The mystical entrance into the piece seemed automatically to give the audience a sense of where they were. The vertigo feeling that ensued due to the ‘winding path of the foreign land’ was witnessed through the piece, progressively getting faster and more overwhelming, a stroke of genius from the composer and an all-round fantastic new work.
Cut Common Magazine - April 2016
Xiao's Emei, reminicisng about a journey up a mountain in China, turned into a slow waltz, lushly scored with plenty of imitative work for Lair and Jamieson, Xiao's piano generating an attractive underpinning shimmer in parts.
Clive O'Connell - April 2016
Nimbus Trio was founded in 2013 by Kitty Xiao and Jessica Laird. The trio advocates and performs new music, including that of composer Kitty Xiao; and have commissioned new works by Australian and international composers. The members of Nimbus Trio are Jessica Laird (flute, alto flute, bass flute), Chloe Sanger (violin) and Kitty Xiao (composer/piano). Guest musicians include Tom D'ath, Cameron Jamieson, Luke Carbon and Sarah Coghlan.
Nimbus Trio made their debut at Deakin Edge in Federation Square and the performance was broadcasted live on 3MBS. They have performed at various venues in Melbourne and were featured on 3MBS’ The Talent. ‘Nimbus’, ‘Nipper’ and ‘Novum’ were composed drawing inspiration from the work of Australian photographers Narelle Autio and Jane Brown. The three pieces were recently named as finalists in the Areon International Composition Competition. Nimbus Trio have released their first studio album Novum in 2017.
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Jessica Laird completed her Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Melbourne Conservatorium in 2011. Under the guidance of Peter Sheridan, she has been the first flutist from the Melbourne Conservatorium to complete an Honours specialising on the Alto Flute. In 2013, she finished her Masters of Music (Performance Teaching) where she specialised on Alto flute under the tuition of Mardi McSullea. Jessica's interest in new expression through sound exploration and improvisation is reflected in The Laird Project, a collaborative duo formed with contemporary saxophonist, Rohan Laird. She has worked closely with Melbournian composer, Kitty Xiao, premiering original compositions as a member of Nimbus Trio. Jessica has recorded as a guest artist on Peter Sheridan's Sonorous Sonatas (Move 2014) and Fantasie Australis (Move, 2013) which has been broadcasted with ABC.
Chloe Sanger is a freelance violinist, writer, and educator. She is a founding member of six-four, a chamber music collective that specialises in experimental and new music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Chloe is also a member of 5-piece experimental art pop band Diana’s Foresters who perform regularly around Melbourne, and a session violinist who has worked with multiple recording artists. Hailing from Albury, NSW, she is a violin tutor at Border Music Camp, run by MSO Librarian Alistair McKean, and currently teaches violin, voice, guitar and piano part time at Living Music in North Melbourne. She completed her Bachelor of Music majoring in Violin Performance in 2016 under the tutelage of Mark Mogilevski. Aside from her performing projects, Chloe is a writer for classical music magazine, Cut Common, where she looks to cover stories about innovation in classical music.
Finishing his final semester of his Bachelor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Tom D’Ath is a Melbourne-based clarinetist who finds himself comfortable in any musical situation.His upbringing through the music program at Eltham High School exposed him to a wide range of musical styles and ensembles including jazz, classical chamber music, wind band, and solo performance. In 2017 Tom could be found in the MCM Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra and New Music Studio performing in a wide range of styles at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Outside of performing, Tom makes time to do studio and live recording around Melbourne at venues such as the Paris Cat Jazz Club, the Ian Potter Museum of Art and various facilities throughout the MCM and
After completing his Bachelor of Music - Advanced Performance Violin - at the Queensland Conservatorium, Cameron moved to Melbourne to further his studies at the National Academy of Music. Now a freelance artist, Cameron's diverse performance career has seen him performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, Philharmonia Australia, Camerata of St John's, Arcko Ensemble, Momentum Ensemble, as a chamber musician with the prize winning Carl Vine String Quartet, Bluestone Quartet, Alchemy Quartet, Bridges Collective and Nimbus Trio, as a soloist for Opera Scholars Australia, Essendon Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, as well as serving as concertmaster for CitiOpera, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, ANAM Chamber Orchestra and Queensland Conservatorium Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. Cameron's playing is heard on prime time television, popular artist albums and feature films. Cameron is also an active composer and electronic producer and he is currently coordinating a national network of artistic services, Aura Services and is engaged with all of it's subsidiaries.
Luke Carbon is a Melbourne-based clarinet, saxophone, and woodwinds player with a passion for new music and new venues. He studied with Paul Dean and David Thomas at the Australian National Academy of Music during 2015-2016 and was awarded a Master of Music Research (Griffith University), the Musica Viva Chamber Music Prize for a performance of the Sextet by Penderecki, and the ADFAS Melbourne Prize for Outstanding Program for his exploration of third stream music, including the Australian premiers of works by Gunther Schuller and William Russo.