Kate is the founder of Curiosa, a company that aims to bring people together across arts and cultures by providing music and arts-based workshops, residencies, and retreats.
Curiosa was born out of Kate’s experiences organizing music camps and residencies abroad. Kate originally started out as a student on the International Vocal Arts Workshop in Groznjan, Croatia. The program transformed her approach to her singing, influencing her to begin exploring folk music, cabaret, world music and street theatre. She eventually became the administrator in 2008, and finally a guest artist in 2015.
Eager to share her music practice with others in China, she created Compass World Arts World Music and Dance Workshop in Dali, China, with two friends in 2015. That formative experience brought her to dedicate herself to the concept of bringing together art and travel. She organized the Makers’ Collective in Gois Portugal in 2016 in order to better understand how residencies can contribute to artists’ practice, and in 2017 she launched Curiosa with its inaugural project, Other Lands Other Sounds, a Collaborative Music-Making Workshop in Gois, Portugal. Since then, Other Lands Other Sounds has run in both 2018 and 2019 as a course on collaborative art-making between visual artists and musicians. In 2019, Curiosa also offered Create & Connect, a music and well-being retreat.
“There is one language here, is music. In spite of being from many countries, many languages, but we all understand music. So, I was dead before. But this, being here is like an awakening. I start to feel alive again. I can dance, I can sing, I can move. So, thank you for all of you, and thank you for the music.”
– Compass World Arts testimonial, 2015
“I have come to understand that my difference is not my weakness.”
– Makers’ Collective testimonial, 2016
The Other Lands Other Sounds programme is fantastic – a great opportunity to explore composition and improvisation processes and approaches in a beautiful and supportive environment. The town of Gois is an ideal location for exploring creativity and artistry. I am very pleased to have chosen this programme and the support I received has really helped my work.
– Other Lands Other Sounds testimonial, 2017