The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music had great success at the Australian Bell Awards (annual music awards for jazz music in Australia) held at the Regent Theatre – Monash University were winners in two categories:
Best Young Jazz Artist
Best Australian Contemporary ‘Avant-garde’ Jazz Album
Hosted by journalist Tracey Curro, the night’s event began with speeches from Jazz Bell Awardschairman Albert Dadon AM, federal Attorney-General The Honorable George Brandis, and DorothyBell, the wife of late, great jazz pioneer Graeme Bell AO, MBE.
Current PhD student Joseph O’Conner (piano) from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music received top honours for the prestigious Young Jazz Artist award. Joseph was one of 3 nominees who were selected from young musicians nation-wide. Significantly, all 3 nominations were Monash alumni or are currently studying at Monash including: Daniel Sheehan (BMus/honours) and Sam Pankhurst (BMus).
The MAE (Monash Art Ensemble) directed by Professor Paul Grabowsky, claimed the award for the Best Australian Contemporary ‘Avant-garde’ Jazz Album award. This ensemble features members of the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO), students and staff from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music with all compositions (for this CD) composed by Professor Grabowsky. The School of Music’s vision was to create an ensemble that plays music of the 21st century – music that reinforces the importance of practice-based research, has impact and justifies the view that Monash University is a leader in this field.
“Universities are places of excellence where ‘cutting-edge’ research takes place. This CD is an exemplar of what is music in the 21st century, and success at the Australian Bell Awards is a testament that music produced at The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music is indeed a leader of practice-based research in this country and possibly the world”. – Associate Professor Robert Burke
Staff who contributed to this success include:
Professor Paul Grabowsky, Head of Music – Associate Professor Rob Burke, Professor Tony Gould, Paul Williamson and Jordan Murray (lecturers in Jazz).
(The MAE is supported by the Vizard Foundation)
Review: The Monash Sessions – Enrico Rava
Review: Jazzwise Magazine (London) The Monash Sessions (Jazzhead) Featuring: Enrico Rava (trumpet), Paul Grabowsky (piano), … Continue reading Review: The Monash Sessions – Enrico Rava
4-star review for album ‘Hexis: The Monash Art Ensemble and George Lewis’
In 2013, Professor George Lewis was welcomed to The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music … Continue reading 4-star review for album ‘Hexis: The Monash Art Ensemble and George Lewis’
Artist in Residence: Kenny Werner
The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music was fortunate enough to host the sensational Kenny … Continue reading Artist in Residence: Kenny Werner
Jazz & Popular Studies
The Jazz Studies program is based on the African American jazz idiom as a language … Continue reading Jazz & Popular Studies
Django Bates and the Monash Art Ensemble (MAE)
A Celebration of Charlie Parker Django Bates Belovèd with Monash Art Ensemble A dynamic ensemble … Continue reading Django Bates and the Monash Art Ensemble (MAE)
Charles Lloyd Talking About Music at Monash University
During the 2014 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music are … Continue reading Charles Lloyd Talking About Music at Monash University
Vince Jones and Monash release new CD at Stonnington Jazz Festival
The latest collaborative Monash Sessions album was launched at the Stonnington Jazz Festival in late May The new album sees … Continue reading Vince Jones and Monash release new CD at Stonnington Jazz Festival
Audition Course – Jazz and Popular Studies
Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music Jazz & Popular Studies Audition Preparation Course 2014 Two … Continue reading Audition Course – Jazz and Popular Studies
Vince Jones – Artist in Residence 2013/2014
Vince Jones in Concert with Monash Jazz & popular studies students. The Sir Zelman Cowen School of … Continue reading Vince Jones – Artist in Residence 2013/2014
Performance on a Local and International Stage
The Jazz and Popular Music course provides students with the opportunity to enrol in performance … Continue reading Performance on a Local and International Stage
NYU 2012 Summer Jazz Workshop
Arriving in the Big Apple in June 2012, thirty-one Monash University School of Music students … Continue reading NYU 2012 Summer Jazz Workshop
The School of Music’s aim is to explore the rich traditions of Brazilian popular music, and from the Brazilian, to engage with the fertile mix of cultures and innovation that is the hallmark of contemporary Australian music. Read more