One of the leading events on Australia’s thriving music scene, the festival teams up with a range of independent promoters, venues, labels and businesses to create a dynamic program that illuminates the connections between music, people and places.

Last year, St Paul’s Cathedral was the heart of the festival, while this year, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will host the opening night and many main events.

The program features a line-up of international names, such as American DJ, Jeff Mills, and emerging local talents across different genres, from electronic music to blues and rock.

Among the artists playing in one-off gigs across the city during the event is Italian DJ Chiara Costanza, who goes by the stage name of Chiara Kickdrum.

Set to perform two shows, Costanza hails from a small town in the northern Italian province of Turin.

Her passion for music goes back to her childhood and she became interested in singing and playing the piano from a young age.

She studied at the Centro Jazz in Turin and graduated in Discipline delle Arti, della Musica e dello Spettacolo (DAMS), gaining knowledge across various musical disciplines.

Costanza arrived in Melbourne in 2004 on a Working Holiday Visa, and later settled permanently.

“As soon as I arrived, what struck me the most was the freedom I acquired,” she recalls.

“I was young and far away from my parents, half way across the world.

“From a working point of view, I wanted to pursue a career in music, and in Italy, it would’ve been much harder to follow that path.”

With a background in jazz and classical music, Costanza was able to explore new avenues in her art and create a new musical dimension upon her arrival in Australia.

As soon as she moved here, she became part of the Melbourne DJ scene and, from there, her passion for electronic music developed.

Costanza’s musical journey in Australia began thanks to her ability to combine various music genres, a talent which is evident in her tracks.

In 2010, she began a course in Sound Art at RMIT, specialising in the production of electronic music using various software and synthesisers.

“At the end of two years at university, I launched myself into the music industry, beginning with voice editing, then making music for ads, while performing live as a DJ around Melbourne and at festivals like the Meredith Music Festival,” Costanza said.

Over the last year, the talented Italian has moved towards the world of cinema, composing music for several short films, including All These Creatures, which won the Short Film Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Costanza also worked on a collaboration with the Goethe Institute Australia, composing the soundtrack to the 1932 horror film Vampyr.

Future projects include those in cinema and theatre.

During Melbourne Music Week, Chiara Kickdrum will perform in two events: on Saturday, November 17, at ACMI and on Thursday, November 22, at New Guernica.

She’ll also participate in the Melbourne Synth Festival on November 25, which will take place at the Meat Market in North Melbourne.

For more information and tickets, visit Melbourne Music Week’s website.