The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music would like congratulate current music student (PhD) Joe O’Conner on winning Australia’s most prestigious jazz instrumental competition, the National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival.
Joe recieved a $10,000 cash prize as well as invitation to record in the ABC studios for ABC Classic FM’s ‘Jazztrack With Mal Stanley’, and to perform in the 2014 Stonnington Jazz festival.
Joe has had compositions performed by Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, The Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra (EMO), the Abbreviations Orchestra, the Queensland Conservatorium Con-Artists, the Menard Ensemble (chamber choir), Alchemy String Quartet and numerous self directed jazz ensembles. His original composition Rationalisations was the winning entry in the 2011 National Big Band Composition Competition and was performed by Sydney’s Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra in the final round. Joseph was also a finalist in this competition in 2009 for his composition Prelude and Afterthought.
Joe is undertaking a PhD in musical performance at Monash University and is researching ways that Ruth Crawford Seeger’s approach to dissonant counterpoint can inform jazz composition and improvisation. He is currently developing new music for jazz piano trio and quintet, and will co-direct the second incarnation of the Bennett’s Lane Big Band with saxophonist Tom Noonan commencing in 2014.
What’s on at the School of Music
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Professor Kartomi’s article published in: The Fighting Art of Pencak Silat and Its Music
This book contains MAMU Director Margaret Kartomi’s third illustrated article on the musical fighting art of silat in different parts of Indonesia. Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and MAMU members will remember a lecture by the book’s editor Uwe Paetzold hosted at Monash in 2014.
Music Finishes the Year on a High
Congratulations to Dr Jonathan McIntosh and Karl Willebrant who have taken out two of the … Continue reading Music Finishes the Year on a High
Sumatran music research at Monash focuses on Lampung province in post-authoritarian Indonesia
Professor Margaret Kartomi has been awarded another ARC discovery grant for the project: “Revitalisation and … Continue reading Sumatran music research at Monash focuses on Lampung province in post-authoritarian Indonesia
Professor Margaret Kartomi and PhD candidate Ari Palawi convene the ICCE of Aceh. September 26-28, 2016
Symposium themes: Islam in Aceh, Aceh’s Performing and Visual Arts, Local Governance and Education in Aceh. 26 – 28 September.
Dr John Garzoli Awarded Endeavour Postdoctoral Award
The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music is delighted to advise that our Adjunct Research … Continue reading Dr John Garzoli Awarded Endeavour Postdoctoral Award
NEW CD Release: The Monash Sessions – Jazz Pianist – Kenny Werner
Monash Sessions: Kenny Werner In August 2014 The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at … Continue reading NEW CD Release: The Monash Sessions – Jazz Pianist – Kenny Werner
Monash Researcher Publishes Book on Thai Music
Dr James Mitchell, an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, … Continue reading Monash Researcher Publishes Book on Thai Music
Competition Success for Ziggy Johnston
Monash School of Music 2nd-year classical guitar student Ziggy Johnston has been receiving considerable prominence in competition performances in recent weeks.
Javanese Shadow Puppets at Monash University
This is a rare opportunity to witness master Javanese dhalang puppet master Ki Joko Susilo … Continue reading Javanese Shadow Puppets at Monash University
John Griffiths on Renaissance Singer-songwriters
Renaissance art is scattered with paintings of singers accompanying themselves on the lute. The practice … Continue reading John Griffiths on Renaissance Singer-songwriters
Oxford University Press Book Contract to Monash Musicologist
Dr Paul Watt, a senior lecturer in musicology in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of … Continue reading Oxford University Press Book Contract to Monash Musicologist