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

Performance
Sydney – Petersham Bowling Club, 3pm Sunday 29th June*, FREE entry thepbc.org.au

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

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Ubud Gamelan studies May 2014

by Jeremy on July 6, 2014

Doug Meyers with Balinese and Japanese dancers

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 develop some technique in muting the metal bar after it had been struck. Learning the long melodic phrase by ear became challenging given that it was such a long string of variations on two or three notes.

I also met and studied with Australian ethnomusicologist and musician Doug Myers. Doug is an intriguing character who has been collecting field recordings of music throughout the Indonesian archipelago since the 1970s. Some of the recordings document songs that have been lost through development and loss of traditional customs.

I had several lessons with Doug at his house and he showed me all the various instruments in the Gamelan orchestra, and how the parts overlap and expand upon the one melodic theme.

Whilst we were there a paramilitary officer walked onto the property carrying a massive machine gun. Doug told me not to worry about him, and that he was just there to supervise a Presidential meeting taking place on the property next door. He walked around the property for a minute or two and then surprisingly sat down at one of the gamelans and starting playing! Good to see that they don’t take their jobs too seriously…

 

Pumping waves at Keramas

A trip to Bali wouldn’t be complete without a bit of surfing. The first day I ventured to the east coast to a break that has been rapidly growing in reputation as a world class high performance break – Keramas. It was double overhead and a challenge for my first surf in over a month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view from my villa in Uluwatu

The last few days of the trip I visited the Bukit peninsula to finish writing some music for my Fatal Shore project for my PhD. I stayed in a cabin overlooking the ocean for $40 a night and literally this was the view from my window of Uluwatu, one of Bali’s most famous surf breaks.

 

 

 

 

 

The following two videos are of the famous Kecak dance, a dance with its roots in a trance inducing exorcism dance.

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Oneirology (Compass Quartet with Jackson Harrison) CD Reviews

September 13, 2013

John Hardaker – AustralianJazz.net  “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 AustralianJazz.net > 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: www.espressochorus.com.au

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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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