Australia-Japan Collaborative Jazz Ensemble

  • Grabowsky, Paul (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Burke, Robert (Associate Investigator (AI))
  • Zion, Jonathan (Associate Investigator (AI))
  • Andresen, Luke (Associate Investigator (AI))
  • Ishiwaki, Shun (Associate Investigator (AI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Designed to build on existing networks, this three year project will culminate in a showcase of Australian contemporary
jazz at international festivals in Japan in 2018 – the Tokyo Jazz Festival (Tokyo Jazz) and the Iwate Jazz Festival
– and in Australia, at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF). The project will establish an innovative cross-cultural collaboration between prominent Australian jazz musicians, including from the Monash Art Ensemble (MAE), the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO), and well-known Japanese artists. The collaborative ensemble (the Ensemble), led by Paul Grabowsky AO as Artistic Director, and Shun Ishiwaka, a renowned Japanese drummer, will create original contemporary compositions inspired by traditional and Indigenous music, and then perform together. The Ensemble will also conduct music workshops and exchanges with
locals in Iwate who were affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The project forms an integral part of the Focus Country Program in 2018.
Effective start/end date2/09/1630/12/18