Tim Hansen is an Australian composer, music director, and youth-arts tutor who has been engaged by a diverse range of companies and individuals to create new works for theatre and music. He has had work performed around Australia as well as New Zealand, Germany, France, Belgium, the UK, Mexico and the USA. After attending the 2007 Bang on a Can Summer Institute as a composition fellow he was inspired by the diversity of New Music in the US. Currently based in New York, he is a co-founding director of the W4 Music Collective and Artistic Director of New-York based Australian new music ensemble exhAust. He has studied with Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Larry Sitsky and Jim Cotter amongst others.
Tim has written for ensembles such as The Jack Quartet (Paper Roses), Saffire (Spiderwine), Griffyn Ensemble (Killa Chinchilla), Dominant 7 (Comic Book Hero), Canberra Youth Orchestra (Of Flying and Falling), and Guitarstrophe (Trouble in the Ribcage), the NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble (Dog Biscuit), and has composed new works for guitarists Daniel McKay (Dark Deeds and Wicked Words; Earwig) and Tim Kain (Little Bloody and FIERCE!), American violinist Patti Kilroy (Fat Bird), and a series of miniatures featuring tarogato and electronics for clarinetist Nicole Canham (Secret Things). In 2012 his cello quartet Traveller was performed at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival.
Tim’s uniquely evocative composition style has attracted the attention of a number of theatre and dance companies. He has composed scores for productions such as Dancing Giant’s gothic, circus-inspired Death’s Waiting Room, Centrepiece Theatre’s bizarrely unsettling A Most Curious Dream (with Warwick Lynch), and ARTS Theatre Company’s poignant exploration of sexuality, Telling Moments (with Helen Way). He composed scores for 2010 Sydney Fringe Festival shows Cuckoo (created by Margot Politis) and Dancing Giant’s, Molly: A Tale of Blood and Guts and Giants and Weddings, as well as Asylum, a dance-piece created by Adelaide-based choreographer Danny Hales, which enjoyed sell-out season at both the ’10 Adelaide Feast Festival and the ’11 Adelaide Fringe Festival. He has created a chamber opera Distant Rain, based on Australian children’s author Shaun Tan’s tale of the same name, and commenced an ongoing collaboration with Spanish performance artist Alfredo Tauste on the creation of a new cabaret, Freddy Malaboca’s Woodland Spectacular.
Residencies and fellowships are an important part of Tim’s ongoing artistic development, and he has been a resident at the Darwin International Guitar Festival, the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the Hill End Artist-in-Residence program, the Norfolk New Music Workshop, and the NYU Symphony Orchestra.
Tim is an enthusiastic supporter of young people in the arts, and has created a number of works with young people including King Jack (2003), The Moth Tree (2006), A Minute Past Midnight (2009) and Too Good to be True (2009). In Australia he has tutored music and drama with Canberra Youth Theatre, Canberra Youth Music, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Music for Everyone, the ANU Pre-tertiary music program, PACT centre for emerging artists, Shopfront Youth Theatre and Contemporary arts space, Australian Theatre for Young People. In New York, Tim has worked with the Lucy Moses School and The New Group as a teaching artist.
Tim’s work is theatrical and evocative, and he enjoys creating pieces with a sense of humor.