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Jeremy is one of Australia’s leading emerging 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 eleven albums of original music with his projects including The Vampires, The Strides, the Jeremy Rose Quartet and the Compass Saxophone Quartet.

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. 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 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.

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 APRA/MCA Art Music Awards for Best Jazz Work. Jeremy was a finalist for the 2013 APRA/MCA Art Music Awards for Excellence in Jazz. Jeremy was a finalist in both the 2012 and 2013 Freedman Jazz Fellowship.

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Award winning Sydney saxophonist/composer Jeremy Rose performs with a wide range of his current projects including The Vampires, The Strides, Compass Sax Quartet, Jeremy Rose Quartet, and has a growing presence as a composer for contemporary and improvised music ensembles. Jeremy has studied across the globe, including Norway, New York, London, and more recently in Greece, Cuba and Bali. Jeremy is currently completing a PhD in composition at Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the supervision of Professor Matthew Hindson. He has received numerous awards including 2009 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz artist of the Year, was a finalist in the 2012 and 2013 Art Music Awards and a finalist in the Freedman Jazz Fellowship in 2012 and 2013.