Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Music Workshop – Level 2
Friday 29 August – 6.30pm
Tix – Adults – $20/ Seniors – $10/ Pensioner – $10/ Full -Time Student – $10
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The Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra are:
Oliver Thorpe – guitar
David Allen – piano
James Heazelwood-Dayle – contrabass
Oliver Nelson – drums
Evan Harris, Mellissa Mony, Michael Avgenicos, Nish Manjanuth, Phillipa Murphy-Haste – saxophones
Ellie Shearer, Greg Chillcott, Frank Dasent, Jono Ramsey – trombones
Luke Stephens, James Power, Charles Casson, Will Endicot, Shota Matsumura – trumpets

One of Australia’s most celebrated youth jazz orchestra’s teams up with two of Australia’s leading yong jazz musicians to present an incredible celebration of Australian Music. Since its inception in the early 70s, the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra has formed an alumni that features many of the leading lights in Australian Jazz. Comprising five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, guitar, piano, bass and drums, the “CJO” features many of Sydney’s finest young improvisers.
“Over the past five years, the standard of Jazz Orchestral studies has developed rapidly with an emphasis on collaborating with, and performing the music of leading international composers such as Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Bert Joris, Florian Ross, Jim McNeely, Darcy James Argue, Julian Arguelles and Dick Oatts to expose the students to the leading music and contemporary techniques required to perform Jazz Orchestral music at its highest level. These amazing young players have risen to the challenge on every level, and we aim to continue impressing audiences whenever we perform, with a level of sophistication normally reserved for professional Jazz”. The orchestra’s debut national tour in 2013 with Belgian based super composer, Bert Joris, was a tour de force. Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director David Theak has been a tireless advocate for large ensemble jazz in Australia through his work with the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, as a teacher at the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz studies program, convenor of the National Big Band Composition Competition and as guest artist and artistic advisor with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra. Theak created the ‘Mothership’ as a young member of Sydney’s Jazzgroove scene and is now mentor to scores of emerging musicians nationally and internationally.

Joseph O’Connor is one of Australia’s most accomplished young jazz pianists and composers.  He was the 2013 winner of the prestigious National Jazz Award held annually at Wangaratta Jazz Festival, and was recently named the 2014 recipient of the Bell Award for young Australian jazz artist of the Year. He was also the winner of the 2011 National Big Band Composition Competition.Joseph holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the Queensland Conservatorium, where he majored in advanced performance. He was the highest achieving student in his graduating year and was awarded the Conservatorium medal. He is currently undertaking a PhD in musical performance at Monash University, researching ways that Ruth Crawford Seeger’s approach to dissonant counterpoint can inform his composition and improvisation. Joseph co-directs of the Bennetts Lane Big Band and performs original music with his own trio and quintet. His trio with Marty Holoubek and James McLean recently recorded a set of original music to be broadcast on ABC Jazztrack, that will be released in the second half of 2014. He is currently composing a large work to be premiered by the Monash Art Ensemble later this year under the direction of Paul Grabowsky. He will also perform later this year as a part of the Australian Art Orchestra’s Hardcore on the Fly concert series, curated by Scott Tinkler, and will participate in the Australian Art Orchestra’s Tanks creative music intensive in September. Joseph is in demand as a sideman and has performed alongside many emerging and established Australian jazz musicians including Allan Browne, Julian Wilson, Phil Rex, Scott Tinkler, Callum G’Froerer, James McLean, Paul Williamson and many others.
Sydney saxophonist/composer Jeremy Rose is a leading voice in contemporary jazz and creative music. He is described as ‘developing into a significant Australian voice’ (, ‘his compositions stand out from the pack’ (SMH) and that ‘his playing shows subtle glimpses of a mature master’ (The Australian). Most known for his work with iconic groups The Vampires and The Strides, Jeremy has released over 10 albums through his label Earshift Music and has performed and studied around the world including stints in London, New York, Oslo, Tokyo, Greece, Cuba, Bali and Berlin. Jeremy’s accolades include the 2009 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz artist of the Year, a two-time finalist in the Art Music Awards and a two-time finalist in the Freedman Jazz Fellowship. Jeremy is currently undertaking a PhD (composition) under the supervision of Professor Matthew Hindson and Dr Christopher Coady, investigating local cultural and creative processes in the jazz scene. Jeremy has composed for a number of classical ensembles, including the SSO Fellowship, Ku-ringai Philharmonic, ABC Young Symphony award winner Nick Russoniello with Acacia Quartet and Compass Quartet. Jeremy was the selected composer for the inaugural Hatched Academy with acclaimed contemporary classical group Ensemble Offspring, and will participate in the Australian Art Orchestra’s Creative Intensive in Cairns in September.
This concert features a preliminary performance of Jeremy Rose’s major work ‘Iron in the Blood: music inspired by Robert Hughes’ The Fatal Shore’.
Iron in the Blood is an oratorio for jazz orchestra and narrators and provides an opportunity to explore Robert Hughes’ seminal masterpiece The Fatal Shore with a musical narrative. The work traces Australia’s founding through Britain’s colonial venture against a backdrop of incomprehensible hardship and how these experiences have helped shape modern Australia. “His account of Australia’s convict system, The Fatal Shore, is probably the best read Australian history. It exposed in Bob’s compelling prose the sadistic brutality bound up in our nation’s founding—a system that not only dispossessed and all but destroyed the native people but then flogged and tortured the prisoners it had brought to the other end of the world.” (Malcolm Turnbull, 2012) This project has been assisted by The Australia Council of the Arts and is to be recorded in January 2015 for an album release.


This is taken from the Ensemble Offspring website

Lawn Bowling Clubs are an icon on the Australian suburban landscape. Black shining balls gracefully roll down their well manicured lawns. Our competitive nature rises to the surface in games that excite and bring a smile; the casual sharing of stories and catching up with mates over a glass of cold beer.

In a sense, it is an improvised game in itself with certain parameters; the journey of the game seems familiar but the results are uncertain – a void between expectation and predictability. Where will the ball stop? How does the grass and wind effect the ball? Will the next player hit your ball out of line?

Improvised music provides a similar context for this scenario to develop. A collaboration of musicians, friends, mates, breaching new ground from a bedrock of familiar and extended musical language.

Although I am working as a composer as part of the Hatched Academy with Ensemble Offspring, I thought it would be nice to participate as a performer for this event, playing my primary instrument: saxophone. I’ve taken this opportunity at Sizzle to form a new improvised collaboration with old friends – drummer Laurence Pike and pianist (here on keyboards) Jackson Harrison. The group’s music defies convention and classification by creating enjoyable grooves whilst exploring our more experimental nature. Patterns of sound unfold, react and undulate over sustained periods of intensity.

Laurence Pike is drummer from the internationally acclaimed experimental rock band PVT. His improvised duo work with legendary jazz pianist Mike Nock was featured on their album Kindred, and performed at this year’s Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Jackson Harrison is an award winning jazz pianist/composer and long time collaborator of mine. He has released two albums on the prestigious German label Hat Hut, one set for release late 2014, and has performed throughout Australia and Asia. Jackson was featured with myself in a recent collaboration with Compass (Saxophone) Quartet on the album Oneirology. Jackson’s playing has a subtle mystery to it that works incredibly well in an improvised music format.

I will also be joining fellow Hatched participant Callum G’Froerer and members of EO for a version of John Zorn’s Cobra. This is the ultimate game piece in which a member uses cues to direct the ensemble, working their way through an entire system of musical parameters that creates music like no other.

Funnily enough I used to hold my birthday parties at lawn bowls clubs and did surprisingly well at these annual celebration games. We will see how I fare after a few years away – hope to see you there for some music and a game!

Jeremy Rose

Sydney – Petersham Bowling Club, 3pm Sunday 29th June*, FREE entry

Hosted by mad MC, Katia Molino, the program includes:
Jon Rose – Singularities (for saw orchestra)
Elle Knox – Ovation (screening)
Pike/Rose/Harrison Trio
Eric Dolphy – God Bless this Child (for bass clarinet
John Zorn – Kol Nidre (excerpt)
John Zorn – Cobra


Ubud Gamelan studies May 2014

July 6, 2014

Earlier this month I spent a week studying Gamelan Music in Ubud in the mountains of Bali at Cudamani Music School. I watched rehearsals and performances of their orchestra and took lessons with a Balinese musician – Pasta – at the school. I learnt one of the songs played by the orchestra, taking time to […]

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Oneirology (Compass Quartet with Jackson Harrison) CD Reviews

September 13, 2013

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 SYDNEY’S Compass Quartet, led by award-winning altoist Jeremy Rose, […]

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New Choral Work: Scenes of Wild Solitude

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. More info from their website:

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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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