Dave Douglas @ Monash University

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Dave Douglas and

Monash Art Ensemble

Saturday 15 March, 7.30pm

Monash University Music Auditorium, Clayton

World Premiere of new composition by Dave Douglas

Venue: Music Auditorium, Monash University

Cost: $20 / $15

Bookings and enquiries:

http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/mapa/events/dave-douglas-andmonash-art-ensemble/ or 03 9905 1111

Prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and two-time Grammy Award nominee Dave Douglas will collaborate with the Monash Art Ensemble on Saturday 15 March at Monash University’s Music Auditorium in Clayton. One of the leading voices in contemporary jazz, Douglas is composing a new work for the Ensemble, which will have its world premiere at the concert. Douglas joins the Ensemble in Melbourne immediately following his performance with John Zorn at the Adelaide Festival’s Zorn in Oz series of events.

Noted as arguably the most original trumpeter/composer of his generation, the “unassuming king of independent jazz” (DownBeat), Douglas has also been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Aaron Copland award.

Douglas is composing a new piece, as yet untitled, for the Monash Art Ensemble. “The work features sixteen musicians in ensembles of wind, brass, percussion, and strings. Inspired by the timbres of the composers of the Ars Nova in 14th century France, the piece takes this frame of reference as a springboard into wholly uncharted territory. Improvisation meets composition as these sounds walk across the centuries for a new chapter in this American composer’s oeuvre, written especially for this engagement”, said Douglas.

This event is the latest in a series of projects with leading figures of contemporary music including Mark Helias, George Lewis and Mary Finsterer. This will be a must-see event for lovers of new jazz and contemporary music in general. 

Monash Art Ensemble will also launch their latest CD, Hexis, featuring the Monash Art Ensemble and George Lewis from their 2013 concert with guest artist Gian Slater. The CD features new versions of George Lewis’ Tractatus, Triangle, Fractals and Angry Bird. Following his residency at Monash University in 2013 and upon listening to the new CD, Lewis remarked: on the evidence of this recording and the concert they performed, which included the pieces on this recording and the extraordinary music of Mary Finsterer, the Monash Art Ensemble is capable of just about anything.”



The Monash Art Ensemble (MAE) is the ground-breaking pairing of the cream of students and staff from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and the veteran players of the Australian Art Orchestra. Top students play alongside some of Australia’s most accomplished musicians in this genre. The Ensemble, led by music heavy weight Professor Paul Grabowsky, has created a dynamic new ensemble of 21st Century musicians.



Dave Douglas’ unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award and two Grammy nominations. Douglas has developed his work for several unique ensembles with whom he’s currently active, including his new quintet, an electric sextet (Keystone), and Sound Prints Quintet, co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano.

Douglas has held several posts as an educator and impresario. From 2002 to 2012, he served as artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at The Banff Centre in Canada. He is a co-founder and director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2012. In 2013 Douglas was, for the second year, International Jazz Artist in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London and launched his own Jazz Workshop, dedicated to enriching the musical experiences of younger players.


Praise for Monash Art Ensemble’s self-titled debut CD: (Nov 30, 2013)

Eight extraordinary variations… incorporating elements of free jazz, contemporary improvisation, innovative voicings and musical genius.” The Australian – 5 stars




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