Tag Archive: 3 Shades Black

Amy Bastow Bio Pic2Amy Bastow (b. 1985) was born in a small rural town in outback Australia. Amy is a 1st class honours graduate and scholarship recipient from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Amy began her professional life as a classical musician and composer, writing music for many of the country’s leading professional ensembles, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian String Quartet and The Song Company. Amy’s concert works premiered at many major events, festivals and venues throughout Australia and internationally, including the ISCM World New Music Days, the National Composers’ Forum, the Performing Australian Music Competition in London, the Melbourne Fringe Festival and the Auckland Fringe Festival.

Amy now spends the majority of her time composing music for film, television and advertising. Amy is currently the composer for Channel 7′s drama “Winners and Losers” (series 3) and is also currently writing music for James Cameron’s latest 3D feature documentary, Deep Sea Challenge. Amy was a finalist for the APRA PDA Screen Music Award this year. Amy currently works from her studio in Melbourne and can be spotted scooting around the city on her little red Vespa!

Peter Joseph Head

Peter Joseph Head is a songwriter and composer. He studied music composition at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and the Kyoto City University of the Arts in Japan. He has written music in many genres and styles including indie & pop songs, experimental electronic music, contemporary art music and film scores. He posts songs to his “Status Update Songs” audioblog site and leads a band called the Actor Buddhists.

Kathryn Goldie

Kathryn Goldie is a writer and film-maker whose short films, short plays and video art have appeared at more than 50 festivals around the world. A graduate of VCA Film & TV, she is completing studies in screenwriting at RMIT.

Kathryn’s eighth short film, Bodysurfer, won Best Film and Best Drama at the 2013 RMIT Student Film Awards, and its script was commended in the 2010 Fellowship of Australian Writers’ National Literary Awards. Her 2008 short film, Steak, was funded through the then-Australian Film Commission’s Raw Nerve initiative, was a finalist in the Melbourne Queer Film Festival’s City of Melbourne Awards and won Best Narrative in the 2011 RMIT Student Film Awards. 2007’s Duck Soup has screened at festivals from Munich to Mumbai and San Francisco to Sydney (where it garnered an audience choice award), as well as in many less alliterative places in-between.

Kathryn’s short play The Kind of Man was a popular finalist at Short + Sweet Melbourne 2011, a festival for which she has also directed. Her other short plays, including A Matter of Taste andSensitivity, have been performed in Melbourne, Sydney and country New South Wales.

In June/July 2013, Kathryn was Artist-in-Residence at Footscray’s Colour Box Studio. She is currently writing a children’s novel, a comedy webseries and a Midsumma theatre show, which she will direct. She’s delighted that Cubular Oceans, shot in South Korea, is making its way around the globe with Moving Scores.




Image by Sarah Walker.

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. 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.  Increasingly, my work includes social justice and activism; through creating music for protests, to community music direction, and working with diverse members of our community.

Aside from 3 Shades, I am Musical Director of Riff Raff Radical Marching Band;  led the street bands for Serenading Adela, and was co-director with Jane York of the Sing4equality project, which culminated in a 20,000 strong choir singing for marriage equality. I’m also one half of: “Octave Pussy” electro-acoustic drum and bass duo with Nat Grant; 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;  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, Genesis Baroque, and The Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble. In non musical spheres: I keep the hotel room blog “Why won’t the windows open?” and a highlight of 2017 was playing a “lesbian avenger” in the Taylor Mac ’24 hour decade history of popular music’ at the Melbourne Festival!

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, Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, 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.