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Inside The Musician, and the end of 2016

I'm very happy to have been asked to contribute a short essay for the December issue of LOUDMOUTH - the Music Trust's monthy e-zine.  My essay, Going Solo, is a somewhat rambling collection of thoughts about playing solo drums.  You can read it <here>, and I highly recommend taking some time to check out the rest of the e-zine.

I'm also doing my last performance for 2016 tonight (with Paul Williamson's quintet at Uptown in Melbourne), before I travel to Japan for a much needed holiday until late January.  There's already a lot in the book for next year (a couple of planned releases, a lot of gigs all around Australia, and I have a PhD to finish on the side...), so I'm going to be as relaxed as possible for as long as possible while I'm over there.  Seeya in 2017!

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Freedman Fellowship 2016

I'm extremely excited to have been awarded this years Freedman Fellowship.  To win such a prestigious prize is a huge honour, and provides $20,000 with which to pursue an ambitious creative project.  In my case this project is to compose and record music for five duos with some of my favourite Australian musicians - Andrea Keller, Scott Tinkler, Chris Hale, Simon Barker and Gian Slater.  Keep your eyes peeled for this in 2017!

The Fellowship is decided after a 'play-off' at the Sydney Opera House, and there's a couple of reviews you can read here and here.

ABC Jazz were the media partners for the event, and they've posted the recording of my set up on Soundcloud - see below.   I think there will be some video coming as well - I'll post links to that when it finds it's way online.

 

 

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A couple of nominations

I'm very excited and humbled to have been nominated for two major awards this year.

First, I'm a finalist for the Freedman Jazz Fellowship.  The Freedman is a highly prestigious fellowship, which is selected from 16 peer-nominated artists.  When you are nominated, you then submit your music and a project proposal for how you would use the Fellowship (worth $20,000).  To nominated in the first place is a great honour, and to be selected as a finalist (top 3) is hugely exciting!

Second, I'm also a finalist for the Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year award, which is part of the annual Jazz Bell awards.  Again, finalist is top 3, so it's very exciting to be considered for this award.

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Counter Clockwork is out!

Today I released my debut solo album, Counter Clockwork. Check it out on Bandcamp!


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