Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

  • Kenny Warner, Music’s Artist in Residence in August Jordan Murray, Paul Williamson, Kenny Werner and Robert Burke during a recording session at the School of MusicThe Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music was fortunate enough to host the sensational Kenny Werner (USA) in August, as part of the Artist in Residency program. Werner, an internationally renowned jazz pianist and educator, spent the week rehearsing, recording, and giving workshops and performances with staff and students of the School of Music. According to ...
  • Finsterer and Grabowsky win in 2014 Art Music Awards ArtMusicAwardsThe winners of the 2014 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards were announced last night at a gala event hosted in Melbourne. We are very excited to let you know that Work of the Year: Instrumental went to Mary Finsterer with her piece Aerea (2013). Aerea was commissioned, performed and recorded by the Monash Art Ensemble and proclaimed by the judges as ‘ambitious and highly engaging’.  Finsterer ...
  • Reflection: Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music New York Trip, 2014 New-York-MusicEach year the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, in collaboration with New York University, offer two units for students to study; Summer Strings and Jazz in New York. These three-week intensive units are held at New York University and offer students the opportunity to study with world-renowned musicians, actively engage in cutting edge music education, ...
  • 4 Stars for ‘The Monash Sessions’ with Vince Jones Vince-CD-300x269A great review of The Monash Sessions with Vince Jones in The Australian last week: “A JAZZ singer’s longevity can be like a bottle of fine wine, improving with age. For more than 30 years Vince Jones has toured Australia, issued a string of recordings and watched a parade of the nation’s best musicians pass through his band as a staging post ...
  • Gift to develop the 21st century musician Professor Mary Finsterer Photo: Dean GoljaA gift from Australian barrister, human rights advocate, and author Mr Julian Burnside AO QC has established the Chamber Music Australia Chair of Composition at Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. The Chamber Music Australia Chair of Composition will encourage talented young composers within the school, and develop new Australian music as well as Australian ...
  • Music PhD Student Jane Hammond wins research award Jane HammondJane Hammond has recently been awarded a Monash Postgraduate Publications Award (PPA). With these awards the Monash Institute of Graduate Research “provides support for high-achieving students who, having submitted their thesis, wish to write up some of their research for publication while they await the result of their examination. Stipend support, equivalent to the Australian ...
  • Django Bates Talks About Music at Monash Django BatesAs part of the 2014 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Monash Art Ensemble joined UK pianist and composer Django Bates to celebrate the work of bepob pioneer Charlie Parker. Django Bates also worked with students during a workshop at Monash. This landmark collaboration sees them working with British jazz maverick, pianist, composer, bandleader and educator Django Bates and ...
  • Monash Students perform alongside Vince Jones at Stonnington Jazz Festival Vince-CD-300x269In what’s been a pretty busy month for the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, students took part in the Stonnington Jazz Festival. Joining renowned musician Vince Jones on stage, Jones recorded an album as part of his Artist-in-Resident position at Monash last year. The album features guest performances from Australian pianist Sam Keevers and Associate Professor ...
  • Internationally acclaimed Jazz great Charles Lloyd champions Monash music students Charles LloydThe 2014 Melbourne International Jazz Festival and Sir Zelamn Cowen School of Music provided the opportunity for music students to rehearse and perform alongside the Jazz great, Charles Lloyd, among other international Jazz musicians. Below, Lloyd sings praises for the students her performed with. This inspiring event sees drummer Eric Harland and bassist Reuben Rogers, both ...
  • Monash at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2014 Jazz Festival imageThe musical talents of Monash University students and staff from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music will be on display at the annual The Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Now in its seventeeth year, this year’s Festival will see the Monash Art Ensemble (MAE – directed by Professor Paul Grabowsky) perform with students and staff (Associate Professor ...
  • Vince Jones and Monash release new CD at Stonnington Jazz Festival Vince-CD-300x269The latest collaborative Monash Sessions album will be launched at the Stonnington Jazz Festival this weekend. The new album sees leading Australian jazz vocalist, Vince Jones join with students from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music to record Vince Jones: the Monash Sessions. It is the fourth in the Monash Sessionsseries. Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Associate Professor Rob ...
  • The Second International Symposium on the Malay Musical Arts of Indonesia’s Riau Islands Music symposium imageThe Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, in its 50th Anniversary Year, presents: The second International Symposium on the Malay Musical Arts of Indonesia’s Riau Islands. Symposium theme: The Changing Identity and Sustainability of the Music-Cultures and Worldviews of the Riau Islands’ Sedentary Malays and Sea Nomads/ Perubahan Identitas dan Kelanjutan Budaya Musik dan Pandangan Hidup Orang Melayu Tetap ...
  • Australian Jazz Bell Awards success The Monash Art Ensemble won the Best Australian Contemporary Avant-garde Jazz Album for their self-titled album at this years Australian Jazz Bell AwardsMonash University music students and staff have been successful at the annual Australian Jazz Bell Awards. The awards, held last Thursday, saw PhD student Joseph O’Connor (piano) take out the Best Young Jazz Artist. The Monash Art Ensemble (MAE), directed by Professor Paul Grabowsky, won the Best Australian Contemporary ‘Avant-garde’ Jazz Album for their self-titled album. Joseph was one of ...
  • Seminars – semester 2 2013 document_iconThe following seminars were held during Semester 2, 2013 1 August, Georg Corall, University of Western AustraliaThe eloquent hautboy: Rhetoric and diction for singers and instrumentalists in the 17th and 18th centuries 8 August, Rob Stove, Monash UniversityWhom the gods love, die young: An introduction to Guillaume Lekeu 15 August, Margaret Kartomi, Monash UniversityHow do the musical arts reflect ...
  • International jazz legend premieres new work at Monash 362461a82ace90a39c0838a77ff944b5_nOne of the world’s leading voices in contemporary jazz will grace the stage at the Monash University Music Auditorium at Clayton this Saturday.  Prolific trumpeter, composer, educator, and two-time Grammy Award nominee Dave Douglas will present the world premiere of his latest work – an untitled composition created specially for the Monash Art Ensemble (MAE) by Mr Douglas himself.  Improvisation ...
  • Call for Papers. Street Music: An International Conference Cuba-bigstock-HAVANA-JULY-Unidentified-me-35507579Street Music: An International Conference 8-9 December 2014: Monash University Law Chambers, Melbourne, Australia Convened by Dr Paul Watt, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University  Confirmed invited speakers: Professor Bruce Johnson, Macquarie University/University of Turku/University of Glasgow Professor Carolyn Stevens, Monash University About the Conference For centuries, the street has been a site for making music. Itinerant musicians, street-vendors, buskers ...
  • Dave Douglas @ Monash University Screen-Shot-2014-02-27-at-11.12.12-PM-1024x416Dave 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 ...
  • Flayed Identities – Thomas Reiner Flandersfield2009-300x212Thomas Reiner’s performance project Flayed Identities has received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts through the Lake Bolac Eel Festival in the Western District of Victoria. The project focuses on Indigenous involvement in Australia’s wars, particularly in WW1. The performance of Flayed Identities will take place on Saturday March 22 this year at the yearly Lake Bolac Eel ...
  • Accolades for classical recording by Monash lecturer The Trio Anima Mundi - Romantic Piano Trios recording features Dr Kenji Fujimura on piano, Rochelle Ughetti on violin, and Miranda Brockman on cello.A new classical album by Monash University Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music Senior Lecturer Dr Kenji Fujimura has made it into the 2013 Musicweb International Recordings of the Year list. The album, Trio Anima Mundi – Romantic Piano Trios, was selected for the Musicweb list in November last year, and continues to garner favourable reviews from ...
  • Call for Papers: Conference on Music Literature, Historiography and Aesthetics IMR - domino jpegInstitute of Musical Research, University of London, 17–18 July 2014 Convened by Dr Paul Watt, Monash University Dr Sarah Collins, University of New South Wales Dr Michael Allis, University of Leeds Keynote Speaker: Dr Delia da Sousa Correa, Open University ‘Fictions about Music: From George Eliot to Janet Frame’ Though the relationship between music and words has occupied a prominent position in ...
  • Call for Papers: Words about Music waterhouse_the_magic_circleMonash University Law Chambers Saturday, 12 April 2014 Convened by: Dr Paul Watt (Monash University) and Dr Sarah Collins (University of New South Wales) Keynote speaker: Dr Michael Allis (University Leeds / Monash University): ‘The Diva and the Beast: Susan Strong and the Wagnerism of Aleister Crowley’ About the conference Since antiquity, music has been a fascinating and problematic topic for philosophers, critics, biographers, novelists, ...
  • Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music presents: MACHINE MUSIC Screen-Shot-2014-01-28-at-10.18.38-PM-1024x724Friday 14 February 12.00pm Music Auditorium Professor Paul Grabowsky Yamaha Disklavier piano (Melbourne) Yamaha Disklavier (Melbourne – running Voyager software on Mac)Courtney Bryan Yamaha Disklavier (New York)Yamaha Disklavier (New York – running Voyager software on Mac) Machine Music is a daring project, showcasing the fusion of different musical dimensions, such as cutting-edge computer technologies, improvisatory instrumental practice and experimental sound installations. Several years ...
  • Music alumni nominated for a Grammy award hi-620x349-604x270Recent Monash Music graduate  Simon Mavin  has been nominated for a Grammy award as part of the band Melbourne soul band Hiatus Kaiyote for the 56th Grammy Awards, to be held in Los Angeles on January 26 – 2014. The Best R&B Performance nomination for their song, Nakamarra, featuring A Tribe Called Quest legend Q-Tip, marks the first ...
  • Jazz students make beautiful music Monash Sessions albums are the result of some of the world class performance opportunities the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music provides its students.Monash University jazz students have lent their music skills to three new international collaborative albums. The albums, the first three in theMonash Sessions collection, feature performances by Monash University music students, along with legendary Brazilian musician Hermeto Pascoal and New York tenor saxophone jazz giant George Garzone. Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Associate Professor Rob Burke said ...
  • Monash Art Ensemble – New CD review – 5* The Australian Screen-Shot-2013-11-30-at-10.00.30-AM-300x296 Monash Art Ensemble (Australian Art Orchestra & Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music)  THIS comprehensive album consists of two complete works composed and conducted by Paul Grabowsky: a 10-part suite of Variations, based on a theme by Marin Marais (16561728) and Tall Tales, a piece in three movements. A melody by gamba virtuoso Marais, D’un Gout Etranger ...
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