Nat Grant (Melbourne, Australia)is a multi-skilled artist and researcher with more than 15 years experience across live performance, recording, digital arts, and community arts: a drummer, percussionist, composer and sound artist with a focus on creating multidisciplinary, long-form musical compositions, performance events and installations using traditional and graphic notation as well as improvisation. Nat’s music and sound art works are through-composed, texturally focused and minimal, with an emphasis on storytelling and the intricacies of sound.
Nat works, and has worked, in a wide range of mentoring and teaching roles that both inform and are informed by her work as a composer and performer. She is involved in a number of community networks and forums that help strengthen the role of new music throughout diverse communities, and particularly those that increase the presence of women and non binary artists in music. Nat’s ‘Hey Drums’ project has featured interviews with more than 130 Australian female and non binary drummers since 2016, and she is currently a member of Music Victoria’s Women’s Advisory Panel.
As a composer Nat has created original chamber music, durational sound art works, and has composed and created sound design for theatre, dance, film, and live art, including for ITCH Productions, Jonathan Homsey Productions, and The Stain. As a teaching artist Nat has been involved in projects with a number of community groups including the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Footscray Community Arts Centre, and the Crashendo! Sistema program.
Nat performs regularly at venues around Melbourne and has also presented creative and academic work internationally, at the Sound: Gender: Feminism: Activism conference in Tokyo, in Hong Kong and China with fellow sound artists the Amplified Elephants, the Percussive Arts Society’s Annual Convention and two Y2K live looping festivals in the US. Nat has attended residencies in Melbourne and Mexico, and has had work presented in galleries in Australia, New Zealand, and Norway. Collaboration is key to much of Nat’s work, including previous and current partnerships with Jolt Arts, the Adam Simmons’ Creative Music Ensemble, Liquid Architecture, and La Mama Musica.
"The flame of intrigue starts to burn at the half way point of the recording, and what was hinted at so subtly in the first fifteen seconds begins to emerge. It’s a slow reveal, and it gradually increases in speed. It becomes more than just the dialog of a drum set. The dialog achieves a richness that has subtlety as its foundation, where the addition of textures, though dramatic at times, burn brightest as nuance, and are best viewed not in how they drive the conversation, but, instead, how they surround it." - Bird is The Worm