Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble
“Kohesia is excellence, pure and simple” – John Hardaker, Jazz Australia
Kate Pass is a double bassist from Western Australia with a passion for composing and performing original music.
She has completed several tours nationally and internationally, performing at an array of festivals and events in Asia, New York and Europe with highlights including performing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, WOMADelaide, Singapore Jazz Festival, Penang Island Jazz Festival, Ghent Festival in Belgium and Bergmannstrasse Festival in Germany.
Kate has performed around Australia with several high-profile Persian musicians including Tara Tiba, Mohsen Namjoo and Ali Azimi. These experiences ignited a passion for Persian music and led to the formation of the Kohesia Ensemble. Kohesia Ensemble serves as a platform for Kate’s original compositions, which are influenced by her passion for both jazz and Persian music. Kohesia Ensemble explores unusual time structures and microtonal melodies, combining the sounds of Persian flute (ney), percussion (daf), lute (saz) and oud with jazz instruments for a truly unique listening experience.
Having released their debut album “Kohesia” in June 2018, Kohesia Ensemble was nominated for 2018 WAM Best Album, Best Jazz Act and Best World Act. Kohesia Ensemble was also shortlisted for the Martin Sims Award at Fringe World Festival (2019). Kohesia Ensemble has performed at an array of festivals including National Folk Festival (ACT), Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW), Fairbridge Festival, WAMFest, Perth International Jazz Festival and Nannup Music Festival.