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Kim Cannan : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Spring Morn (septets: electronics, keyboard, percussion, string, woodwind) by Kim Cannan, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 108.

Photo of Kim Cannan

Photo: Amie Lambert

Artist website: http://www.kimcannan.com/

Kim Cannan is a well-known instrumentalist and composer. Born in Sydney, Kim began her classical guitar training at a music school in Parramatta in 1977.

As a professional player, Kim had to expand her repertoire to include several genres to facilitate her working career. She released her first instrumental album Intrinsic in 2000. Tracks were immediately broadcast nationally and globally.

Kim's career also involves music education and music-based therapies, previously a tutor and conductor at the Central Coast Conservatorium (1994-2012) and the Central Coast Grammar School (1996-2021).

In 2004 Kim was awarded the Frank Streather professional development award for her work at the Central Coast Conservatorium. She was then responsible for composing, arranging, engineering and performing on her album Lullaby. This album was produced for children and includes original and well-known lullabies. As part of the award, Kim developed 'Sonic Healing Environment' which is a series of music workshops for wellbeing tailored to various community groups.

Currently, Kim has released five albums, three are original instrumentals. Her blend of stringed instruments both old and new with various world cultures make these albums a delight to listen to. Tracks from all CDs have been broadcast on various media including ABC National Radio, BBC UK and UCB radio UK.

These works are also available digitally, and Kim has arranged several for small ensembles as well as Solo Harp and Guitar. Her scores are available for small ensembles, solo performers and HSC students.

Her passion for music to 'sooth the soul' has caused her to combine music education with music based therapies and research. This passion has resulted in her new book titled How Music Heals Us.

Andy Sorenson, a prominant Australian producer and artist, said: 'Kim's music is organic!'

As from June 2022, Kim became an Author of her first published book, How Music Heals Us- Music, the Mind & the Metaphysical. This book is a culmination of a lifetime of music immersion and a gathering of scientific research and anecdotes on the power of music and science based music therapies.

Kim Cannan — current to August 2023

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Hola Cordoba : guitar trio (2017) Composed for the Co-curricular program at the Central Coast Grammar School, NSW.