Hi, My name’s Miranda and I’m the founder and artistic director of 3 Shades Black.
I’m a classically trained double bassist, musician, producer, and educator, who has performed everywhere from the Arts Centre to Mao’s live house Punk club in Beijing. My performance interests move from historically informed period performance through to improvisation, and I am passionate about bringing experimental musical concepts to a broader audience, and integrating improvisation and experimentation into music education.
Aside from 3 Shades, I am also Musical Director of Riff Raff Radical Marching Band; one half of the artistic collaboration Fine Fine Small Mountain, who in 2015 spent 7 months living and working in rural China, and toured east coast Australia in 2016; electro-acoustic drum and bass duo with Nat Grant; and with Leah Scholes: The Flying Tapirs, the tastiest theatre-music duo you’ve ever met. I am a core member of BOLT ensemble, Scottish Baroque group the Evergreen ensemble, and The Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble,
As a double bassist, I earn my keep freelancing in groups such as the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, Opera Australia regional touring Orchestra, Australian Romantic Classical Orchestra, Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and any ensemble doing suitably amusing projects. I teach at ‘Crashendo’ el sistema string program in Laverton with Erica Rasmussen, as well as a studio of private students.
I studied at VCASS, the VCA, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; and the Hartt school of music in Hartford, Connecticut, with teachers including Steve Reeves, Diana Gannett, and Robert Black.
My interests have always veered towards the experimental and fun. Steve Rush, Professor at UofM taught me about bringing laughter to classical performances, and the new set of challenges that arise when you mix artistic genres with a sense of humour and levity.
3 Shades Black is dedicated to making experimental music and performance accessible and transparent to a new audience. Taking high-falutin’ artsy concepts and framing them so everyone can appreciate how awesome they are.
Not such a big ask, surely.