About

multidisciplinary artist, composer & broadcaster

music | visual languages | installation | podcasts

Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe is a Rwandan-British composer and multidisciplinary storyteller and broadcaster working between Narrm/Melbourne, and Rwanda. Multiple forms of synaesthesia add a neurodiverse dimension to Stephanie’s identity as a third culture individual. Stéphanie’s research-based practice explores the construction and archiving of culture through transcription into experiential narratives.

Stéphanie’s work focuses on layered and nuanced sensory engagement in installation and theatrical performance settings, referencing Rwandese storytelling styles alongside contemporary art music techniques from tertiary training in composition and performance practice. Stéphanie’s interactive, tangible, story-telling format, enables cultural context to remain and be respected. Stéphanie writes and presents Passenger, a weekly show on the ABC Classic radio station, to a national and international audience. In Passenger, Stéphanie takes the audience on a journey through matching storytelling with the art music of different destinations and cultures across the world. Presented in both Melbourne and Paris, Stéphanie’s breakout work Illusions on Self Motion is only ever presented when a dialogue can introduce it, standing in opposition to the superficially performative western presentation of race and genocide issues. Illusions on Self Motion presents alternative iterations of conversation on these issues using music, dialogue and digital projection as the languages. Illusions on Self Motion was part of a collaboration with creative and now Sydney Biennale director Brook Andrew. Stéphanie has held residencies across multiple disciplines, including with Torika Bolatagici’s Community Reading Room project as Reader In Residence, and most recently in 2019 as part of the Forum of Sensory Motion’s series of travelling residencies diving with the Giant Cuttlefish congregation in South Australia as research for a new interactive narrative piece. Stéphanie has been commissioned to work with organisations such as NGV, Liquid Architecture, Arts Centre Melbourne, Musica Viva, MONA, ArtsHouse, ArtPlay, Next Wave Festival, Seventh Gallery, Noir Darkroom and Gaffa Gallery.

Image left: Amatana : Press for Progress; iridescent gold ink on raw canvas.Commissioned by Newark artist and curator Adrienne Wheeler for the 2018 iteration of her internationally touring project: White Dress Narratives.

News

More coming soon. I’m currently re-cataloguing works to display in a new online scrolling gallery space. It was a task for 2020 but uh… 2020.

Meanwhile, my weekly radio show Passenger on ABC Classic can be heard on demand here: PASSENGER

If you have the time, tune in to listen live on Wednesdays from 3-4pm  (Australian Eastern Standard time).  It’s on all the things, as the kids say.  Via FM or DAB+ radio in Australia, or stream around the globe via the ABC Classic website:

abc.net.au/classic

and on your phone or tablet with the ABC Listen app

abc.net.au/radio/listen

Sun 27 June: Victoria-Rwandan Community Abroad livestream our 2021 Kwibuka Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi

I’ve been working on the Kwibuka Committee of the Victoria-Rwandan Community Abroad association to create an online Kwibuka this year. ‘Remember’ is the translation of ‘Kwibuka’ in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda’s national language.[…]

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June 14, 2021 0

TV show Spicks & Specks: my little spotlight on (neuro+)diversity in Art / ‘Classical Music’

Got to chat about a few fav topics on the tv show Spicks & Specks. Watch here: https://iview.abc.net.au/video/LE2002V003S00

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May 3, 2021 0

MSO Ears Wide Open: watch Future Music panel talk now on YouTube (including premiere of my new piece)

How do you define Australian Music? I asked this question to a panel of powerhouse music creators and future shapers. Australia’s classical community of composers is diverse, multidimensional, and, above[…]

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April 16, 2021 0

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