: Bio

See a short bio

Jeremy is one of Australia’s leading saxophonists and composers, having performed nationally and internationally at festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs. His music effortlessly crosses cultural borders and musical styles, and his work as a composer is equally cognizant and successful in classical music composition, jazz, world music, and contemporary music. Jeremy is a founding director of Earshift Music, releasing over a dozen albums of original music with his projects including The Vampires, The Strides, the Jeremy Rose Quartet and the Compass Saxophone Quartet. He also regularly performs with Cameron Undy’s 20th Century Dog, contemporary classical ensemble Ensemble Offspring and Phillip Johnston’s Septet and Greasy Chicken Orchestra.

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. In 2015, Jeremy was selected as composer for Ensemble Offspring’s inaugural ‘Hatched Academy’. In 2016 Jeremy completed a PhD at the Sydney Conservatorium under supervision of Prof Matthew Hindson.

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. Jeremy has also undertaken study of other cultures, including a week-long study of Balkan Brass Music in Greece, and study trips to Cuba and Bali.

His 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, Morton Feldman, Karaikudi Mani, The Roots, Olivier Messiaen, Igor Stravinsky 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.

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 received numerous awards, grants and fellowships, including the 2015 APRA Professional Development Award, the Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist, a BBM Award, and an Australian Postgraduate  Award. Jeremy was a finalist in both the 2012 and 2013 Freedman Jazz Fellowship.

Besides writing for his own projects, Jeremy has also composed for Ensemble Offspring, the Sydney Conservatorium’s Modern Music Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra, saxophonist Nick Russoniello, Acacia Quartet, Compass Quartet, Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship and Sirens Big Band. His 2011 work  ‘River Meeting Suite’ on the Compass Quartet album ‘Ode to an Auto Rickshaw’ was a finalist in the 2012 APRA/MCA Art Music Awards for Best Jazz Work. Jeremy was also a finalist for the 2013 APRA/MCA Art Music Awards for Excellence in Jazz.


Short bio

Jeremy is a saxophonist, composer, academic and founding director of record label Earshift Music. He regularly writes and performs with his co-led projects The Strides, The Vampires, The Jeremy Rose Quartet, Compass Sax Quartet, duos with pianists Mike Nock and Jackson Harrison, and his Earshift Orchestra. Jeremy also performs as a sideman in Cameron Undy’s 20th Century Dog, Ensemble Offspring, and Phillip Johnston’s Greasy Chicken Orchestra. Jeremy has performed at festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs throughout Australia and has had multiple tours to Europe, the UK and Japan. Jeremy has studied jazz and non-western music in places including New York, London, Oslo, Bali, Havana, Greece and Banff. Jeremy is equally cognizant as a classical composer and has had his works performed by Ensemble Offspring, Acacia String Quartet, saxophonist Nick Russoniello, The Conservatorium Modern Music Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance (Honours Class I) and a PhD in composition Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Jeremy’s accolades include the 2015 APRA Professional Development Award, 2009 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist, and was a Freedman Jazz Fellowship Finalist in 2012 and 2013. Jeremy was a finalist in the APRA/MCA Art Music Awards in 2012 and 2013 for Jazz Work of the Year and Excellence in Jazz. He is also a passionate teacher and has given masterclasses and lectures on improvisation, composition, saxophone and career development in the arts at tertiary and secondary levels.