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Tim Hansen : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Dog biscuit (nonets: piccolo, clarinet, xylophone, marimba, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass) by Tim Hansen, from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists


Photo of Tim Hansen

Photo: Karen Steains

Artist website: http://www.timhansen.com.au

Tim Hansen is a performer, composer, theatre-maker and teaching artist.

Hansen grew up in Orange, New South Wales, and throughout his childhood was equally drawn to the theatre and music composition. Unsure what to pursue after finishing high school, he flipped a metaphoric coin and joined the BA (Communications) in Theatre/Media program at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, where he graduated with first class honours. Despite accruing a healthy HECS debt in the process, the lure of his other passion proved too strong and he moved to Canberra where he completed his BMus in Music Composition at Australia's National University. A few years later he moved to New York to undertake his MMus in Music Theory and Composition at New York University's Steinhardt School. At present, this seems to be enough education for him.

Today his practice extends across both theatre-making and music composition. He composes contemporary music, music theatre, and music for film, as well as writing and performing cabaret, and the occasional acting stint. He is also a respected teaching artist, and currently is Composer in Residence at Santa Sabina College, a tutor at Australian Theatre for Young People, and a facilitating artist with Milk Crate Theatre.

In 2018 he was a finalist in the Vanda and Young Songwriting competition, one of 40 shortlisted artists from over four thousand entries. Residencies include being Artist in Residence at the Red Rattler Theatre, the New Musicals Australia program at the Hayes Theatre, composition fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival, the Avaloch New Music Institute, and twice artist-in-residence at Hill End, NSW.

Hansen has worked extensively with music ensembles, cabaret groups and theatre companies around Australia and in the USA such as Enyato Duo, Duo Blockstix, the Hourglass Ensemble, the Song Company, Everyman Theatre, Centrepiece Theatre, Synergy Percussion, Contemporaneous, JACK quartet, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and TRANSIT ensemble.

Hansen is an enthusiastic, dedicated and charismatic educator in the fields of both music composition and theatre-making. Aside from his present engagements, Hansen has created two online lessons with TEDed on Music, and is a major contributor to SoundFly, a US-based website dedicated to the idea that anyone can be a musician. Hansen has tutored for some of Australia's leading youth arts organisations including Shopfront Youth Theatre, Canberra Youth Theatre, Music for Everyone, the NSW ArtsUnit, and Musica Viva, as well as the Lucy Moses School, Camp Broadway and The New Group in New York.


Tim Hansen — current to January 2019

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
North Head (duos: bass clarinet, vibraphone) (2018) Commissioned by Loris Orthwein, Michael Elliott, Robert Gibbs, Tony Wildman, David Mackintosh, Janette Williams, Helen Gray, Rene Capell, Jacquelin Capell, Lorna Capell, Frank Carbon
Traveller : for four celli and electronics (2012) Commissioned by W4 New Music Collective
Goldbrick oilslick : full orchestra : youth orchestra (2012) Commissioned by NYU Symphony Orchestra.
Good times! : a celebration of the life of Blair Milan, 1981-2011 (2011) Commissioned for the Norfolk New Music Festival, 2011
Earwig : for violin and guitar (2006) Commissioned by Daniel McKay, Zoe Black.
Digital sheet music sample Trouble in the ribcage : guitar ensemble (2006) Commissioned by Guitarstrophe!.