purchase album here 


Iron in the Blood

Jeremy Rose The Earshift Orchestra


5 stars

John McBeath

This is an extensive work of broad musical, historical and narrative scope. It’s a musical adaptation of Robert Hughes’s iconic Australian historical work The Fatal Shore The Epic of Australia’s Founding (1986), complete with narration by Philip Quast and William Zappa.

Composer, conductor and saxophonist Jeremy Rose has orchestrated jazz based music as exposition and ambience for this enormous work, assisted by funding from the Australia Council for the Arts, performed by Rose and the 18piece orchestra. 

As the cover notes by Paul Grabowsky state: “Rose’s music deftly summons up the provenance of the new arrivals [to Australia] with reference to folk song, fife and drum marches and a hint of the 18th century drawing room.”

Australia’s early history is expertly portrayed in 11 tracks of uniquely blended narrative documentary and jazz composition. From the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788 through until Hughes’s words of summation, this documentary holds the attention on both musical and descriptive levels.

The arrangement features various solos throughout, notably Rose’s soprano sax alternately floating, climbing and drifting over the orchestra in Time Immemorial Pts 1 & 2. Numerous other solos feature Matt Keegan on tenor sax, Paul Cutlan on baritone sax, Callum G’Froerer on trumpet, James Macaulay on trombone and several others.

The music enlivens and dramatises the narrative, which at times is fearful and cruel and is occasionally uplifting, but the orchestrations always add depictions and dramatic illustration to this absorbing documentary.


You can listen to the full album, with an introduction from myself via ABC Jazz for the next weeks here.


APRA Song Hub (Germany)

by Jeremy on April 8, 2016

Next week I will be travelling to Berlin to curate and perform in the very first APRA Jazz Song Hub. This involves a collaboration between myself, pianist Jackson Harrison, US guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, and two German artists, bassist Anders Lang and drummer Tobias Backhaus. I am extremely excited about the project and can’t wait to work with these incredible musicians. We will also be performing at B-Flat Jazz Club, details below:

Monday 18 April
B-Flat Jazz Club
Rosenthaler Str. 17, Berlin


‘Sand Lines’ album reviews

January 13, 2016

Review by John McBeath The Australian 4 1/2 stars http://jazz.org.au/sand-lines-jeremy-rose-quartet/ Sydney saxophonist Jeremy Rose has been working with the musicians on his latest album for the past ten years, and these six lengthy pieces were developed over a two year period, but Rose is also very active in a variety of other groups: The Vampires, The […]

Read the full article →

APRA Professional Development Award

November 29, 2015

Thanks so much to APRA AMCOS – such a generous award and congrats to all the other winners and finalists. The money will be a great help towards writing some new music and heading to NYC next year. Inspiring to see so many great people in the music industry working across genres! The other winners included […]

Read the full article →

Jeremy Rose Quartet ‘Sand Lines’

October 22, 2015

Media Release – Out now: Sand Lines – Sydney saxophonist/composer Jeremy Rose’s Quartet deliver a captivating jazz album featuring pianist JACKSON HARRISON, bassist ALEX BONEHAM, drummer JAMES WAPLES, with guest guitarist CARL MORGAN Out now on Earshift Music/Planet Purchase album on bandcamp Purchase album on itunes SAND LINES is the culmination of an extended suite composed […]

Read the full article →

The Vampires Europe Summer Tour

May 28, 2015
Read the full article →

Recording of Iron in the Blood Jan 2015

February 9, 2015

With six Melbourne musicians, 11 from Sydney, two actors and 70 minutes of music, recording  Iron in the Blood was an exciting, exhausting and emotionally riveting experience. Iron in the Blood is a project I have been working on for the past two years, inspired by one of the best known books on Australia’s founding, Robert Hughes’ The Fatal […]

Read the full article →

Ensemble Offspring Hatched new work

November 22, 2014

Border Control Border Control is a work for piccolo/flute, bass clarinet, trumpet, and vibraphone. It is an extension of Rose’s investigations into cross-cultural music paradigms. The work utilises material from a recent field trip to Bali, Indonesia, where Rose studied at the Cudamani Gamelan school in Ubud, and from a workshop with traditional Korean musicians […]

Read the full article →

Time Immemorial: ABC video

November 22, 2014

I’m happy to release the video of my performance with the Sydney Conservatorium’s Modern Music Ensemble, performing music from my major work Iron in the Blood: Music inspired by Robert Hughes’ The Fatal Shore.  The full recording of this work, which will be performed by a jazz orchestra, will take place in January 2015. Music composed […]

Read the full article →

2014 Cairns Creative Music Intensive wrap-up

October 21, 2014

Music is often said to be the universal language. This phrase has been used so often, but is it entirely true? Unlocking common ground between musicians from different backgrounds can be challenging when their musical languages are rigidly defined. This week we were faced with such challenges in a meeting of cultures, musical styles and […]

Read the full article →