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Jeremy’s musical trajectory evolves in multiple directions. As a restless artist who seeks out unconventional sources for inspiration, his compositional and performance style has promoted the development of a distinct musical identity. His conceptual extension of two different art forms – composed and improvised music – has led to extensive experimenting and theorising on accepted notions of communication and tension.

Jeremy Rose holding his saxophone

Jeremy Rose | Photo © Karen Steains

His familiarity with music began at an early age, with his parents exposing him to world music and jazz before his musical studies began on piano at the age of six. As a music student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Jeremy studied with saxophonist Dale Barlow, trumpeter Phil Slater and pianists Judy Bailey and Mike Nock. In 2006 Jeremy spent six months on an exchange trip to Oslo, Norway, studying composition with Geir Lysne and learning the importance of unraveling limitations of style and conventions. He then returned to Sydney to graduate in 2007 with First Class Honours in Jazz Saxophone.

Jeremy has relentlessly pursued reevaluations of his music through further study and reflection with mentors abroad, including studies in saxophone and composition in London, Oslo, and New York with George Garzone, Tim Berne, Tony Malaby, Tim Garland, and Geir Lysne. Jeremy was part of the fertile hotspot of creativity at the Banff Workshop in Canada in 2009 and with his co-led band The Vampires in 2011, attending workshops and masterclasses with Dave Douglas, Joshua Redman, Clarence Penn, Donny McCaslin, Dafnis Prieto, Don Byron, Steve Lehman, Kneebody, Hank Roberts, Jerry Granelli, et al.

His eight released albums as both leader and co-leader indicate his broad perspectives on musical styles, drawing from artists as such as Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Karaikudi Mani, The Roots and Astor Piazzola to merge with his deep respect for the jazz tradition. This searching for identity and meaning in music never equates to over intellectualism, but challenges to seek out evolution and beauty.

He has toured and performed at major festivals around Australia with his various projects including The Vampires, The Strides, Jeremy Rose Quartet, Compass Quartet and Chiba  Quartet, as well as performing in Japan, Norway and Canada.

The media has reported that ‘his compositions stand out from the pack’ (SMH), ‘is developing into a significant Australian voice’ (Jazz-Planet.com), and that ‘his playing shows subtle glimpses of a mature master’ (The Australian).

Rose has also received numerous awards, including the 2009 Bell Award for
Young Australian Jazz Artist, BBM Award, and an Australian Postgraduate  Award to study for Masters in Music (Composition) with Matthew Hindson at the Sydney Conservatorium.

As a composer, Jeremy has written and received commissions from the Kuring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra, SSO Fellowship, Sirens Big Band and Compass Quartet. His 2011 work  ‘River Meeting Suite’ on the Compass Quartet album ‘Ode to an Auto Rickshaw’ was a finalist in the 2012 Art Awards for Best Jazz Work.

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At 27, Sydney saxophonist Jeremy Rose’s musical trajectory evolves in multiple directions, with a wide range of projects including The Vampires, The Strides, Compass Quartet, Jeremy Rose Quartet, Chiba, as well as a growing presence as a composer for ensembles such as Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic, Sirens Big Band, SSO Fellowship and Compass Quartet. Jeremy has studied in Oslo, New York, London and Canada and has received numerous awards including 2009 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz artist of the Year, an APA to study Masters in Composition with Matthew Hindson at the Sydney Conservatorium, and was a finalist in the 2012 MCA Art Music Awards for Jazz Work of the Year.