Nancy Tam, Ten Thousand Birds

Nancy Tam

Nancy Tam is a performance maker. She is a sound designer, composer, and performer.

Sound Artist, Nancy Tam, works and lives on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her work fuses sound and performance as primary mediums for collaborative devised interdisciplinary performances. She specializes in live spatialized multi-channel sound performance for live and fixed media. Her current research triangulates between sound, space, and body to investigate tendencies of global and local mobilization of creatures, objects, and events. Nancy is a founding member of the Vancouver-based interdisciplinary performance collective A Wake of Vultures as well as the Toronto-based Toy Piano Composers collective. Nancy is an award-winning composer. Her compositions, audio walks, performances, and collaborations have toured in Germany, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Norway, Hong Kong, the U.S. and throughout Canada.

In the last few years, Nancy had the privilege to work closely with Playwright Theatre Centre, Steven Hill, Theatre Replacement, Electric Company, Fight with A Stick, Studio 58, Theatre Conspiracy, Macromatter, Delinquent Theatre, rice & beans Theatre, Neworld Theatre, Upintheair Theatre, Justine Chambers, plastic orchid factory, MACHiNENOiSY, Rob Kitsos, Cindy Mochizuki, Kristina Lee Podesva, Music on Main, Torq Percussion, Only a Visitor, Ensemble Paramirabo, and many more. In early 2020, Nancy focused on composing, directing, performing, and producing Double Happiness: Detour This Way, a collaboration with Only A Visitor. Her multi-media composition Walking at Night by Myself will tour across Canada in 2021.

Nancy was an Emerge on Main participant in 2018.


This page was last updated in February 2021.