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Monash Art Ensemble Creative Committee
MAE Artistic Director: Professor Paul Grabowsky AO
Paul Grabowsky is a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor and one Australia’s most distinguished artists. He lived and worked in Europe and the US from 1980-85, during which time he performed with many jazz luminaries including Chet Baker, Art Farmer and Johnny Griffin. Paul was musical director of Tonight Live with Steve Vizard (a nationally televised variety show) from 1990-1992 and Commissioning Editor (Arts and Entertainment) for ABC Television 1995-98.
Paul has won six ARIA awards, two Helpmann awards, several APRA and Bell Awards and a Deadly award. Paul was the Sydney Myer Performing Artist of the Year in 2000, and recipient of the Melbourne Prize for Music, 2007. He was the 2010 Australian National University H.C.Coombs Fellow.
He has written the scores for over twenty feature film scores in Australia, the UK and US. His works for the theatre include four operas and various multimedia works. Paul’s most recent opera ‘The Space Between’ premiered at Arts Centre Melbourne in September 2018.
Paul is the Founding Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra, which he led from 1994-2013, the Artistic Director of the Queensland Music Festival from 2005-2007 and Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, 2010 and 2012. He is currently a Professor at Monash University, Director of the Monash University Academy of Performing Arts and Artistic Director of the Monash Art Ensemble. In 2014 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to music and arts administration.
MAE Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Rob Burke
Robert Burke is an Associate Professor (PhD) at Monash University. He is a composer and improvising musician, convener of jazz and improvisation and Deputy Head at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music Monash University.
Rob has performed and composed on over 300 CDs and has toured extensively throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, and USA over the last 30 years. He has recorded with international leaders in the field including George Lewis, Dave Douglas, Enrico Rava, Hermeto Pascoal, Kenny Werner, Mark Helias, Tony Malaby, Ben Monder, Tom Rainey, Nasheet Waites, George Garzone, Paul Grabowsky, Tony Gould, etc. Rob has received numerous Australian Council, Vic Arts Grants and DFat grants.
Rob’s research is mainly focused on practice-based artistic research. Publications include co-edited book, Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music (Lexington), and the co-written book Experimentation in Jazz: Idea Chasing, Routledge. Rob is currently president of AJIRN (Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network).
Professor Cat Hope
Cat Hope is an Australian composer, sound artist and musician whose practice engages low frequency sound, drone, noise and improvisation. Her works have been performed at festivals internationally and broadcast worldwide. She is a Churchill and Civitella Ranieri Fellow, and has undertaken composition residencies at the Visby International Composers Centre, Sweden, and the Peggy Glanville Hicks House in Sydney. She is the director of the new music ensemble Decibel and Professor of Music at Monash University.
Dr Paul Williamson
Trumpeter, composer and educator, Dr Paul Williamson has established a reputation for producing distinctive recordings of outstanding ensemble performances. As a leader, he’s released eleven CDs, and has performed extensively internationally and nationally with jazz greats including Carla Bley, Eddie Palmieri, Bill Carothers, Dave Liebman, Reggie Washington, Paul Wertico, Tomasz Stańko, Charlie Haden, Kenny Werner, John Abercrombie, Hermeto Pascoal, Aaron Goldberg, Django Bates, Mike Nock, Tony Gould, Nasheet Waits, Mark Helias and Linda Oh.
Mr Jordan Murray
Jordan Murray has established a distinguished and diverse career in the Australian music industry as a trombonist, composer, arranger and educator. A graduate from WAAPA, Berklee and VCA, Jordan is currently a faculty member and PhD candidate at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University, Melbourne. Jordan has performed with Aretha Franklin, Hermeto Pascoal, The Black Arm Band, Archie Roach, Paul Kelly and the Australian Art Orchestra to name a few.