Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

  • Spotlight on Kepri music, dance and theatre Mendu theatre performance in Sedenau, Natuna, Riau Islands ProvinceOne of Indonesia’s best kept secrets, Kepri Province’s Malay music, dance and theatre forms will be the focus of an upcoming symposium hosted by Monash University. The Second International Symposium on the Malay Musical Arts of the Riau Islands (also know as Kepri) will see scholars from Denmark, the USA, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia ...
  • Jazz legend inspires student’s musical odyssey Monash SessionsJazz students from Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music have had the experience of a lifetime, travelling to the Monash University Prato Centre in Italy to perform and record with legendary jazz trumpeter, Enrico Rava. The result is The Monash Sessions: Enrico Rava, recorded over three weeks and released on Jazzhead. The album is the latest ...
  • Music to the ears of world leaders Professor Paul Grabowsky. Image courtesy of Martin Philbey at the National Portrait Gallery.Playing before some of the most powerful people in the world has been an incredible experience for Australian jazz legend and Monash academic Professor Paul Grabowsky AO. Professor Grabowsky, the Executive Director of Monash University Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA), entertained the world leaders at a private dinner organised by Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the recent ...
  • The Second International Symposium on the Malay Musical Arts of Indonesia’s Riau Islands (SIRI) – Registrations Now Open 56-Mak-Yong-masksRegistrations are now open for the Second International Symposium on the Malay Musical Arts of Indonesia’s Riau Islands (SIRI). The symposium will be held at Monash University, Clayton Campus from 14 to 16 January 2015. Symposium theme: The Changing Identity and Sustainability of the Music-Cultures and Worldviews of the Riau Islands’ Sedentary Malays and Sea Nomads/ ...
  • Monash musicologist wins statewide prize Ian Parsons (BMus Hons. Musicology)Honours Musicology student Ian Parsons has won this year’s prize for best paper by an honours, masters or PhD student at the annual conference of the Victorian Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia, held this weekend. The judges praised Ian’s paper for its depth of inquiry and his expert handling of complex interdisciplinary narratives in ...
  • Album Launch: Enrico Rava – The Monash Sessions Jazz-headIn December 2013, 35 jazz students from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music travelled to the Monash University Prato Centre in Italy to undertake an intensive 3-week performance unit. As part of their study, students were given the opportunity to perform and record with one of the seminal figures of the European jazz scene, ...
  • The Paul Grabowsky Sextet scoops two major industry awards Professor Paul Grabowsky receives the 2014 AIR award for Best Independent Jazz Album: 'The Bitter Suite' by the Paul Grabowsky Sextet.It has been an exciting week for Professor Paul Grabowsky, Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow to the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, having scooped two major industry awards: The ARIA Fine Arts Award for Best Jazz Album and the Australian Independent Music Award (AIR) for Best Independent Jazz Album. The Bitter Suite (ABC Jazz/UMA) was recorded ...
  • Call for papers: Conference on Central and West Asia and their diasporas call-for-papersCall for Papers: An International Conference on the Transnational and Transgenerational in Central and West Asia and their Diasporas Hosted by Monash University Faculty of Arts Sponsored by the Monash Asia Institute and Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music Scholars of West and Central Asia, especially Iran and its neighbours, are invited to submit proposals for pre-arranged panels or individual papers ...
  • School of Music receives multiple ARIA nominations for Best Jazz Album ARIAsThe nominations for the prestigious 2014 ARIA Fine Arts and Artisan Awards were announced yesterday. Amongst a raft of impressive nominees, The Monash Sessions – Vince Jones (Jazzhead/MGM) is up for the gong of Best Jazz Album. “This nomination is Australia’s most prestigious music award and is a true indicator of the excellent standards at  the Sir Zelman ...
  • 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 ...
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