WAM Award winning bassist Kate Pass has performed at an array of festivals and events in Asia, USA, Europe and Australia, with highlights including performing at:
– The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,
– WOMADelaide,
– Singapore Jazz Festival,
– Penang Island Jazz Festival
– Ghent Festival (Belgium)
Kate leads her own band “Kohesia Ensemble”, which serves as a platform for Kate’s original compositions that explore elements of Persian music in a jazz context. Kohesia Ensemble’s show “Shahnameh: Songs of the Persian Book of Kings” won the 2020 Martin Sims Award at Fringe World – a top tier prize for the “Best new WA work that is destined to succeed on the world stage.”
Kate’s debut album “Kohesia” was nominated for WAM’s 2018 West Australian Music Best Album, Best Jazz Act and Best World Act. In 2021 Kate released a second album “Silver Lining” with Kohesia Ensemble. Kate was also the recipient of ABC Jazz’s Fresh Start Fund, a grant that enabled her to compose and record a 15-minute suite of original music with Kohesia Ensemble in 2021, which is yet to be released.
Kate is currently the President of Perth Jazz Society and an ensemble tutor at WAAPA. She has also been a tutor for WAYJO’s Young Women in Jazz Program since 2014