John Hardaker – 

Oneirology  is a beautiful album from The Compass Quartet, a group who continue to amaze as they explore deeper and deeper into the possibilities that can bloom from the conversation between four saxophones.” Read more on >

John McBeath – The Australian

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SYDNEY’S Compass Quartet, led by award-winning altoist Jeremy Rose, comprises each of the four instruments in the saxophone family.

Here they are accompanied by pianist Jackson Harrison, winner of the 2006 Wangaratta Jazz Festival award. Oneirology (the study of dreams) is mostly a four-part suite composed by Rose and inspired by the work of British film director Chris Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception), plus two other originals.

The absence of a rhythm section frees the horns to move chorale-like in ensemble harmonies, either interspersed with figurative piano or underscored by that instrument. Sometimes three of the saxes play moving chords or melodic passages as the fourth solos.

The effect is of a classical-sounding narrative ideally suited to the subject matter, established by the first movement, Daydreamer, where a soothing, relaxing mood of abstraction pervades. Entering the Subconsciousness takes on a more substantial atmosphere as Matthew Ottignon’s tenor weaves quickly and abstractly against varying horn figures.

The third movement, Dream Within a Dream, features Rose’s fleeting alto after an opening of wandering reverie using the high end of Christina Leonard’s soprano. The final movement, Reality Check? (Deja Vu), moves into forthright statements, making good use of Luke Gilmour’s baritone in the stark, murkier passages. The two other tracks continue the phantasmagorical mood of the title suite with glimpses of bop ideas.

This is a highly original collection of mood-setting pieces demonstrating inspired compositions and musicianship in a classical-jazz approach.


New Choral Work: Scenes of Wild Solitude

by Jeremy on July 26, 2013

The second movement of my new choral work ‘Scenes of Wild Solitude’ will be premiered by Leichardt Express Chorus at the Italian Forum Theatre, Leichardt, on Sunday 4 August at 2pm.

The new work takes its libretto from Watkin Tench’s account of the first colonial settlement in Sydney in 1788.

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Australasian Sax and Clarinet Conference Lecture ~ Oneirology

July 14, 2013

This presentation formed part of a lecture I gave at the 2013 Australasian Saxophone and Clarinet Conference at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The lecture discusses my suite for Compass Quartet with pianist Jackson Harrison, which was featured in a performance at the conference. Compass Quartet, as the name suggests, takes the compass as an […]

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New work: ‘Between Worlds’ for string quartet and saxophone

April 4, 2013

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 […]

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The Strides + Special Guests in Campbelltown on 02/18/13

January 3, 2013
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University of Sydney News Article

December 11, 2012

PhD student and musician Jeremy Rose vamps it up This article was written Kath Kenny and published on 28 November 2012 Sydney University Website Despite his passing resemblance to the Twilight star Robert Pattinson, saxophonist Jeremy Rose is quick to clarify that his band The Vampires predates our current cultural obsession with the creatures of […]

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Dominican Republic – Sept 2012

October 22, 2012

The spanish speaking island of Dominican Republic (DR) sits adjacent to Haiti, which many of you remember as the site of the devastating 2010 earthquake (and the name of a piece I’ve composed for the Vampires). The DR is known for its merengue music, pearly white beaches and rich colonial past. However I discovered that […]

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Chiba Quartet Norway Tour Sept 2012

September 13, 2012

Played some gigs in Norway last week with my Chiba Quartet. Since studying there on exchange in 2006 its been great to visit and rekindle some old relationships with friends, not to mention get a taste of the local cuisine that you can’t seem to find anywhere else – liverpostei (tinned patee) and brunost (a […]

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Music Village, Greece – Aug 2012

September 2, 2012

Picture a 16th century village perched upon the side of a mountainous peninsula overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Every night families would flock to the town square to enjoy dinner from 11pm almost until dawn whilst taking part in traditional folk music and dancing. This is no fantasy but the scene of Agios Lavrentios and Music […]

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A Deeper Shade of Blue: PhD Research

June 14, 2012

This research proposal forms part of my PhD Research in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium. A Deeper Shade of Blue: An Autoethnographic inquiry into Australian Jazz Identity Jazz music’s malleable improvisatory methods and diverse social utility has enabled the recent emergence of distinct creative practices both linked to the genre’s traditional roots in the United […]

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