Kate Pass is a double bassist and electric 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, the Provincetown Playhouse in New York, WOMADelaide, Singapore International Jazz Festival, Penang Island Jazz Festival, Ghent Festival in Belgium and Bergmannstrasse Festival in Germany. Kate also won the West Australian Music Industry's award for Best Bassist in 2019.
Kate has performed around Australia with several high-profile Persian musicians including Mohsen Namjoo, Moien, and Tara Tiba. These experiences ignited a passion for Persian music and led to the formation of the Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble, a unique ensemble that serves as a platform for Kate’s original compositions that explore elements of Persian music in a jazz context. Kate released her debut album with Kohesia Ensemble in 2018, and since then has won and been nominated for a slew of awards, including FringeWorld's Martin Sims Award 2020 for the "best new WA work that is destined to succeed on the world’s stage."
Kate has been the recipient of several grants and scholarships including the ECU Academic Excellence Scholarship, WAYJO Jack Bendat Travel Scholarship, ArtStart Australian Council for the Arts Grant and DCA Commercial Development Grant. These have enabled her to develop her career through performance and study locally, in the USA and Europe at institutions such as WAAPA, New York University and Conservatorium van Amsterdam.