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Kate Neal: Distilled Momentum


Commissioned as part of the ‘ASQ Encore’ project with funds received from Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund, and made possible with thanks to generous support form the Thyne Reid Foundation.

Performed by the Australian String Quartet, 2021
Dale Barltrop – Violin I
Francesca Hiew – Violin II
Christopher Cartlidge – Viola
Michael Dahlenburg – Cello 

Composed by Kate Neal, 2020
Produced by Jakub Gaudasinski
Recording Engineer Tom Henry
Mixed & Mastered by Jakub Gaudasinski

Recorded at ABC Adelaide, South Australia, Kaurna Country, September 2021

Artwork – Jim Tsinganos Illustration
Art Direction – Cul-de-Sac Creative
Angelina Zucco – ASQ Chief Executive
Sophie Emery ASQ Operations Manager

Special thanks to Kate Neal for her valued support of this release.


Kate Neal is an artist with over 20 years’ experience as a composer, arranger, teacher, artistic director and collaborator. Since 2006 she has been incorporating extra-musical parameters within the notation of a musical score, such as physical gesture, design, light and movement. In 2019 Neal premiered The Commuter Variations commissioned by the Melbourne Recital Centre (10th Anniversary), performed by Lisa Moore with animation by Sal Cooper. In 2018 Neal premiered ‘While You Sleep’, a 60min work for string quartet and visual media, presented by Arts House, Melbourne.  In 2017 Neal premiered new works for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sound Collectors, Arcadia Winds and SO Percussion. In 2016 Neal won the Beleura Award for Composition as part of the Melbourne Music Prize, as well as Performance and Instrumental Work of the Year at the Art Music Awards for her work Semaphore. In 2015 Neal was the recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship, allowing her to compose six substantial works over two years. In 2013 Neal returned from the US to take a one-year position as Composer in Residence for the Four Winds Festival. From 2009-2013 Neal was a Graduate Fellow at Princeton University in the USA, and from 2007-2009 she was based in the UK. Neal currently (2022) teaches Interactive Composition at the

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

“Adrenalin-filled musical adventure a winner” – The Age

“Ravishing piano glissandi and arpeggiated strings” – The Australian

“Complex, rousing stuff, performed with precision” – Australian Arts Review                  

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