The Strides support set for Julian Marley
Backstage post-gig – big thanks to indigenous brother Maz who performed a welcome to country for our song “My Mother My Land”
This gig was one of our biggest shows, performing to a sell out crowd of die hard reggae fans. It was a real inspiration seeing Julian Marley perform and a true indication that Bob Marley lives on in his Sons through the spirit of Rastafari!
ABC Radio Broadcast for new string quartet and saxophone work ‘Between Worlds’
Well done to saxophonist Nick Russoniello (pictured above) and Sydney Camerata Quartet on doing a great job of performing my new work ‘Between Worlds’ last weekend on ABC Classic FM.
If you missed out and want to hear it (or want to listen to it again!), it will be available online for the next three weeks.
New work premiere: “Between Worlds” for saxophone and string quartet
This week I had the first rehearsal for my new work ‘Between Worlds’ for string quartet and saxophone. The title is inspired by the experience of second generation immigrants – commonly described as ‘being caught between two worlds’ – as they face challenges of an ever shifting sense of self whilst facing pressure to conserve their country of origin’s culture. The music explores these themes whilst tracing the development of a folk melody I learnt whilst studying Balkan music in Greece – read my blog on the workshop I did last year here.
More information on the work from my blog here
The work is in three movements and is approx 13-15 minutes. It will be performed by Sydney Camerata Quartet and Nick Russoniello on the following dates:
Thursday 11 April: Newcastle Conservatorium lunchtime series
Sunday 28 April: ABC Sunday Live broadcast from Penrith Joan Sutherland PAC, 3pm. More info on ABC website.
Jeremy Rose Quartet @ Jazzgroove Tuesday Mar 26
I’m really excited to be playing with these guys again. The last gig we had at The Sound Lounge in Feb was amazing!!! We have just workshopped a whole new suite of music of mine and are planning to hit the studio later this year. Not to be missed.
Recording The Strides new album – Byron Bay March 2013
The Strides hit the studio just outside of Byron Bay this week for seven days of solid recording – and I’m talking 14-16 hour days!!! It was a pretty hectic week, especially when we backed it up with shows in Byron, Collangatta (for the Quicksilver Pro), Maroochydore and Coffs Harbour. We had a great time getting the new music down and it was a pleasure to be working with Eric Coehlo, who did a fine job capturing the spirit and sound of the band. Look forward to getting the new album out in August!!!
Campbelltown Arts Centre Residency with The Strides
I was in lock-down mode with The Strides this week at Campbelltown Arts Centre in Sydney’s west. The band was collaborating to write material for our third album, to be released August 2013. We went in with just a few sketches and came out with 13 new tracks. Plenty of jamming, late night sessions and extended musical discussions continued throughout the week.
We also undertook several mentorship workshops with local high school students, including some kids from the local juvenile detention centre and kids at the Claymore Community Centre (the subject of an ABC Four Corners documentary). The students proved an undying love for Bob Marley and hip-hop, with students stepping in to improvise and come up with their own arrangements and lyrics to some new songs. Check out the photo with our lead singers Ras Roni and LTL Gzeus above with Thomas Reddal High School. More photos from the week on facebook.
Ive also put up a rad video of our drummer (who is sadly moving to London with his band Deep Sea Arcade) - carlos drumming
Compass Sax Quartet recording with Jackson Harrison
Compass Quartet hit the studio on Jan 16 to record my epic 30-minute suite inspired by the film ‘Inception’. The piece uses notation from aleatoric music and inspiration spans from typical Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, to Ethiopian modes, Morton Feldman and Antonin Dvorak. The title ~ ‘Oneirology’ ~ comes from the study of dreams and all is revealed in the ‘Dream within a Dream’ movement, as well as ‘De Ja Vu’ where all the material comes folding back in on each other. Recording on a Steinway was a real experience for Jackson, who told me that the piano gives the player an enormous dynamic range, with potential for both subtlety and power. We also recorded Jackson’s new piece ‘Charcoal Chorale’ and my ‘Interplay’ composition. Look out for the album release on April 27 on Earshift Music. Vist www.compassquartet.com for more photos.
Jeremy Rose Quintet @ The Sound Lounge Friday 8 February
I’m back at the Sound Lounge (presented by SIMA) with some new music with my Quintet. Workshopped and premiered at the Rocks Pop-Up in August 2012, the music forms part of a suite – Manifesto – of original compositions written for my current PhD studies in composition at the Sydney Conservatorium. The night will also feature music from Chiba.
The Sound Lounge
Seymour Centre, Corner City Rd and Cleveland st, Chippendale
Jackson Harrison – piano
Ben Waples – bass
James Waples – drums
Hugh Stuckey – guitar (Melbourne)
The Strides New Work Residency: Campbelltown Arts Centre February 18-23
The Strides residency at Campbelltown Arts Centre is fast approaching. The band will be in lock-down mode as we prepare music for our third album. As part of the residency we will also be undertaking several workshops with local emerging artists and high schools. The Arts Centre is also on the lookout for a local support act for the public concert (its free!) on Saturday 23 Feb at 6pm. Bookings for the concert and workshops are essential. Please visit the website for more info:
News for 2013:
- I will be composing a new work for classical saxophonist Nick Russoniello (winner of the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer Award), with Sydney Camerata String Quartet for an ABC recording in April and possible release
- 8-piece reggae powerhouse The Strides will be undertaking a residency at Campbelltown Arts Centre Feb 18-22 with a free public concert of the new work on Saturday 23 February at 6 pm. We will also be undertaking workshops and mentoring with local high schools and emerging artists. Bookings for the public concert and the workshop are essential.
- The Strides will be undertaking a recording and national tour in 2013.
- The Vampires will also be undertaking a recording and national tour in 2013.
University of Sydney News Article
Read an article on my current PhD studies and upcoming projects for 2013.
on my website
on the University of Sydney website
Dominican Republic Volunteer Trip – Sept 2012
In September, Alice and I took a trip to the Dominican Republic for some volunteer work. Read about AcquaNegra, Haitian villages, a benefit concert, watch a video of school kids dancing to Ornette Coleman and giving a real life ‘adjustment’ in this blog entry.
Chiba Quartet Norway Tour – Sept 2012
Brown cheese, liver patee, practicing in the sculpture park and Oslo drug culture. Chiba Quartet tour of Norway Sept 2021.
Music Village with Hayden Chisholm - Mount Pilion, Greece – Aug 2012
Balkan Brass Music, Greek dancing in 11/8, midnight till dawn playing in the town square – welcome to Agios Lavrentios.
Jeremy Rose Quartet – open rehearsal and concert of new music
My quartet will be conducting an open rehearsal and concert at the Rocks in Sydney this weekend, Saturday 4th August. We will be rehearsing brand new material that I have been developing over the past six months as part of my studies for a Masters in Music at the Sydney Conservatorium. This will be a rare chance to see the creative, collaborative and development processes that go into framing improvisation platforms in jazz composition, as well as the dialogue between composed/improvised material, and composer/performer.
Date: Saturday 4 August
Band: Jeremy Rose Quartet: Jeremy Rose (alto + soprano saxophone) Jackson Harrison (piano) Abel Cross (bass) James Waples (drums)
Time: 1-3pm Open rehearsal; 4-5pm concert
Cost: Recommended donation $10
Venue: 75 1/2 George St, The Rocks
The 2012 Freedman Fellowship - in concert
I am honoured to be selected to compete in this years Freedman Fellowship finals. This is an annual event in which four nominated finalists compete in a concert at the Studio at the Sydney Opera House for a cash price of $15 000 to forward their careers. I will be performing with The Vampires and have proposed to put the money towards a new album inspired by an upcoming workshop in Greece and a European tour. Other finalists include one of my favourite Australian saxophonists Zac Hurren, bassist Chris Hale and drummer Evan Manell. It will be a great night of music – hope to see you there!
2012 Freedman Fellowship Finals
Friday August 10
Sydney Opera House
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The Vampires – Melbourne + Albury shows announced
“Garfish is a fine addition to the Vampires evolving originality” – 4 stars - John McBeath, The Australian“The Vampires take what they want and use what they want, to great effect… Garfish will have you shaking your ass while bright jungle flowers grow between your ears.” – John Hardaker -The Orange Press
Friday 20 July -The Jazz Basement, Shop 5, 48-52 Lincoln Causeway,Wodonga Vic www.jazzalburywodonga.com