Festival Program


Duets: Cat Hope & Karina Utomo

Sat 7 Sep, 1pm
SLV, Isabella Fraser Room

Some of the country’s top singer-songwriters discuss their practice and perform live in MWF19’s Duets series.

Cat Hope is the director of award-winning music ensemble, Decibel, and an academic, composer and musician. Here, she speaks to powerful vocalist and singer in metal outfit High Tension, Karina Utomo about how to pack a unique punch using music.

Supported by 3RRR 102.7FM


1 hour

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Session Artists

Cat Hope is a Melbourne-based composer, musician and Professor of Music at Monash University. Her opera Speechless was premiered at the Perth Festival this year, and her music is characterised by an interest in low frequency sound, graphic notations and political activism.

Jess McGuire is a writer, DJ, broadcaster, and MC based in Melbourne. She appears regularly on ABC Local Radio and Double J as a reviewer and cultural commentator, and for many years she was the editor of pop culture website Defamer Australia. She is a former presenter of Triple R’s flagship Breakfasters show.

Indonesian-born Karina Utomo is an extreme-metal vocalist for Australian band High Tension. High Tension’s critically acclaimed releases have been nominated for ARIA and AIR awards for ‘Best Heavy Album’ and received The Age Music Victoria award. Utomo was one of four soloists in Speechless – an opera by award-winning composer Cat Hope.

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