Addressing Gender Disparities in Jazz

The SCM is considered a world leader in this field. Since the program’s launch, many renowned music institutions such as the New England Conservatory (Boston) and the Royal Academy of Music (London) have sought direct feedback on how to make changes to their own programs and music scenes. related professionals.

“The Sydney Conservatorium of Music has taken a bold and prescient decision to hire Jo Lawry as Equity in Jazz Team Leader. Institutions such as the New England Conservatory are paying attention and considering similar plans for our own future,” said said Ken Schaphorst, president of Jazz at New England Conservatory, said.

Dr Lawry, who received the prestigious Fulbright scholarship to study in New York, has become known beyond jazz circles for her work with Sting, with whom she has toured and recorded since 2009, and more recently with Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel. In 2013, she starred in the film 20 feet from famewhich chronicled the lives and careers of the “relief singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century” and won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Incoming 2022 program participants:

Freyja Garbett

Freyja Garbett is a professional pianist, composer and music producer with a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music, where she majored in jazz performance and composition. The tracks from his debut album “Maya” are an exploration of an electro-acoustic approach to jazz composition and improvisation.

Research Project: Freyja’s research uses a waterproof motion-sensing system to track her movements while riding the ocean waves. Movement will be converted to MIDI (an electronic standard used for transmitting digitally encoded music) and then used to create new compositions and frameworks for improvised music.

Jesse Green

Jess Green’s practice spans 20 years of performance and composition. As a guitarist, she has performed with various artists including The Catholics, Katie Noonan and Renee Geyer. Jess has released several studio albums and has composed works for theatre, dance and the visual arts, including collaborating with visual artist Patricia Piccinini and the Australian Art Orchestra, and creating site-specific performances, including for Sydney Festival 2022.

Research Project: Jess’ research focuses on emerging theories in cognitive science and natural world phenomena related to music making. She aims to create a body of work illuminated by the wonders of our planet.

Tamara Murphy

Tamara Murphy is a bassist and songwriter who works across multiple genres. She performs with some of Australia‘s top artists including Kate Miller-Heidke, Harry Angus, Clio, Ali McGregor, Stephen Magnusson and Paul Grabowsky and has appeared on over 40 albums. She won the PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission in 2011 and was shortlisted in 2019 for the Music Victoria Awards (Best Jazz Album) and the National Live Music Awards (Best Jazz Act). His group Spirograph studies just released their second album ‘Lowlights’ in October 2021.

Research project: Tamara’s research focuses on the function and development of group coordination in contemporary improvised music. She will explore how musicians negotiate their roles and function cognitively while simultaneously playing and responding to other musicians in the ensemble.

Gian Slater

Gian is a singer and songwriter with an approach that incorporates singing and wordless improvisation, songwriting, electronics and extended vocal techniques, new music and contemporary composition, and collaborations with theater practitioners. and dance. She has released eight albums and featured on numerous recordings for acclaimed Australian and international artists. Gian formed his vocal ensemble, Invenio Singers in 2010 and has collaborated with Barney McAll, Lior, Chamber Made Opera, Robert Jarvis, Rubiks Collective, Linda Oh, Alpha60 and Rawcus Theater Company.

Research project: Gian creates a pattern-based method for understanding and composing music, inspired by Steve Reich’s “Tehillim”. His research explores the partnership between rhythm and harmony and how they define structure and form.

Disclosure: Partial funding for this program is provided by a gift from the Anthony and Sharon Lee Foundation.

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