SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM JAZZ ORCHESTRA #1:
Since its inception in the early 70s, the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra has formed alumni that feature many of the leading lights in Australian Jazz. Comprising 5 saxophones, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, guitar, piano, bass and drums, the “CJO” features many of Sydney’s finest young improvisers.
“Over the past several years, the standard of Jazz Orchestral studies has developed rapidly with an emphasis on collaborating with, and performing the music of leading international composers such as Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Bert Joris, Florian Ross, Jim McNeely, Darcy James Argue, Julian Arguelles and Dick Oatts to expose the students to the leading music and contemporary techniques required to perform Jazz Orchestral music at its highest level. These amazing young players have risen to the challenge on every level, and we aim to continue impressing audiences whenever we perform, with a level of sophistication normally reserved for professional Jazz”. The orchestra’s debut national tour in 2013 with Belgian based super composer, Bert Joris, was a tour de force and in 2015 they performed, the first non-US jazz group ever, at the Chicago Mid-West Conference.
Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director David Theak has been a tireless advocate for large ensemble jazz in Australia through his work with the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, The Australian National Jazz Orchestra, the Sydney Conservatorium International Jazz Festival, the Head of the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz studies program and convenor of the National Big Band Composition Competition. Theak created the ‘Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra as a young member of Sydney’s music scene and is now mentor to scores of emerging musicians nationally and internationally.
SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM JAZZ ORCHESTRA ARE:
David Theak – conductor
Saxes: Zac Olsen (lead), Tessie Overmeyer, Anthony Rositano, Laura Power, Kali Gillen (Bari)
Trumpets: Deven Rahmen (lead), Alistair Hardie, Harrison Ball, Euan Chaffey, Miles Rooney
Bones: Lawson McGuiness, Davie Brown, Jack Lincoln, Will Kinmont (bass)
Guitar: Josh Meader
Piano: Matt Harris
Bass: Oscar Peterson
Drums: Alex Young