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The Vampires National Tour

The Vampires are touring Australia this March and will be reunited with our bassist Alex Boneham, who has been living in Los Angeles for the past few years. Check out the tour dates below.

In case you missed it, ‘The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke’ was short-listed for this year’s Australian Music Prize, the first instrumental album to be on the list in its 13 year history.The AMP Chairman and lead singer of the Hoodoo Gurus, David Faulkner wrote in a recent review in the Saturday Paper: 

“One of my favourite albums of the year was a jazz recording… Its beautifully constructed melody sounded so classic, so perfect, that it had already become deeply ingrained in my memory. Of course, I have been listening to this album a lot. This one’s a real winner.”

The winner of the AMP will be announced on Friday 9th March

The album was also in Ken Weiss’ top 10 listings for 2017 in Cadence Magazine, and #1 on Fred Kunzmann’s top 10 list for 2017 in All About Jazz.

The album, along with the other Vampires catalogue and songbooks, can be purchased here.


Friday 2nd March
LAWSON, The Mechanics Institute NSW

Saturday 3rd March
CANBERRA Smiths Alternative ACT, 7pm

Sunday 4th March
MURRAH Murrah Hall, NSW, 3pm

Friday 16th March
WOLLONGONG Wollongong Conservatorium of Music NSW, 7pm

Saturday 17th March
SYDNEY Venue 505 NSW, 8:30pm

Sunday 18th March
MELBOURNE The Jazzlab (Melbourne Jazz Co-op) VIC, 8:30pm

Monday 19th March
ADELAIDE The Wheatsheaf Hotel (COMA) SA, 7:30pm

Wednesday 21st March
MOUNT GAMBIER Morrison’s Jazz Club SA, 8pm

Thursday 22nd March

Friday 23rd March
CAIRNS Tanks Arts Centre QLD, 7:30pm

Saturday 24th March
COFFS HARBOUR Jetty Theatre NSW, 8pm

Sunday 25th March
BYRON BAY Byron Theatre, NSW, 5pm, $10-23.

*March 2-4: Brett Hirst, replaces Alex Boneham
Canberra, Murrah and Brisbane will feature Ben Hauptmann, guitar

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body

New releases on Earshift Music!

We’re excited to be releasing two great albums in February on Earshift Music. Make sure you keep an ear out for both Steve Barry’s Blueprints and Vignettes and I Hold the Lion Paw’s Abstract Playgrounds. Head over to the Earshift bandcamp page to check out more music.

New Video series

I’ve completed a series of new videos from a recent show with my quintet at Lamps in Sydney. Check it out and make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel.

The Vampires Songbooks

We have also finished The Vampires Songbooks, featuring 29 compositions from our first five albums.
Now available in Concert, Eb, Bb (trumpet/clarinet), Bb (tenor sax), and bass clef (trombone).
Order through our bandcamp site here.

All Vampires albums are available through bandcamp and itunes.

More info at www.thevampires.com.au

The Vampires album reviews

Here are some highlights of our recent reviews:

“If jazz music is about continuously reinventing and staying on your toes, then ‘The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke’ is a phenomenal jazz record by a worldly, talented, and newly minted five-piece band.” ****  Chris Tart (Downbeat) Read more

“Seductive, genre-hopping creativity: The references embrace reggae, classic Cuban son, high life, pre-electric Miles Davis and hints of Blue Note soul-jazz or Henri Texier’s cinematically scene-setting music, but Loueke’s openness to any destination he’s arrived at prevents it from becoming generic.” ****  John Fordham (The Guardian) Read more

“The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke’is a meeting of many things inspirations, approach, attitude and musical vision. But the glue that binds this fortuitous meeting is respect. You can hear it.” John Hardaker (Australianjazz.net) Read more

“This was the perfect summer record that pulled off the trick of being both an ambient soundtrack to life on the move while remaining capable of standing up to concentrated home listening.” Phil Barnes (All About Jazz) Read more

“The music is chock full of irrepressible joy, a commodity in short supply these days.” ****  Mark Corroto (All About Jazz) Read more

The Vampires ARIA nomination and AMP Long-listing

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve been long-listed for the Australian Music Prize. They have invited us to do a popup gig at the Cooper’s Hotel in Newtown Thursday 23 Nov at 7:00pm. The AMP chairman, David Faulkner (also guitarist in the Hoodoo Gurus), wrote an article for the Saturday Paper on it, saying:

“One of my favourite albums of the year was a jazz recording, The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke. The Benin-born, New York-based guitarist Lionel Loueke got together with Sydney’s The Vampires for a thrilling collaboration. The album flirts with many different musical flavours and rhythm feels, such as reggae, Latin and fusion among others, and these talented players make it all sound completely natural, which is a huge feat in itself. The 10 songs were composed by saxophonist Jeremy Rose and trumpeter Nick Garbett, and some of them already sound like standards to me. In fact, yesterday I was certain that track two, “Hard Love”, was a song I had heard elsewhere until a fruitless Google search persuaded me otherwise. Its beautifully constructed melody sounded so classic, so perfect, that it had already become deeply ingrained in my memory. Of course, I have been listening to this album a lot. This one’s a real winner.”

Read the full article here.

We’ll be playing the entire album from start to finish with our guests Jonathan Zwartz and Ben Hauptmann. The album was also nominated for an ARIA award last month. The gong was taken about by James Morrison and the BBC Orchestra.

The Vampires Europe/UK tour dates!

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October 2017

Wed 11 / 38′ Riv / Paris
Fri 13 / The Jazz Bar / Edinburgh / UK
Sat 14 / Zig Zag / Berlin
Sun 15 Pizza Express Jazz Club / London
Mon 16 / 7stern / Vienna

more details visit http://www.thevampires.com.au

Art Omi Music Residency

Last month I was fortunate enough to participate in a 17 day residency at Art OMI, an arts centre in Ghent, New York, with a dozen musician from all over the world. The purpose of the residency was to collaborate, share ideas and create new ways to engage with each others musical background. We had several performances, one at ?Hudson’s Basilica, a live recording on WGXC Radio, and a finale concert at Art OMI’s sculpture garden. I made some great new friends and left feeling inspired, enriched and hopeful to create some exciting new collaborations in the future. Read my blog post here


Within and Without feat. Kurt Rosenwinkel album release tour!


Purchase album here

Friday 16 June*
Unorthodox Church of Groove, 3 Tudor St, Newcastle, 8pm
tickets here

Saturday 17 June*
The Sound Lounge, (presented by SIMA), Sydney, 7pm
tickets here

Sunday 17 July**
The Jazz Lab, Melbourne, (MJC) 27 Leslie St Brunswick, 8:30pm

*featuring Carl Morgan guitar, Jackson Harrison piano, Tom Botting bass, Alex Hirlian drums
**featuring Joseph O’Connor, Sam Anning bass, Danny Fischer drums

Iron in the Blood wins 2017 Bell Award!

Extremely stoked that my Earshift Orchestra’s CD Iron in the Blood received “Best Produced Album” at last night’s Bell Awards in Melbourne. Really grateful for the incredible work of sound engineer Bob Scott, who captured and brought to life this large production. Also to the many amazing musicians who played on the recording, too many to name here. It’s nice to know that Robert Hughes was an avid jazz fan (according to his widow), I only wish he could have heard it. Album out now on ABC Music, or read more here.

Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Festival: New Work Premier

I’m looking forward to premiering a first stage development of my new work for jazz orchestra ‘Game Show Assassination’ with the Sydney Con’s Jazz Orchestra at the Sydney Con International Jazz Festival. Details below. I hope you can join!

Sydney Conservatorium of Music
International Jazz Festival
Sunday 5 June
8pm, Con Jazz Cafe
More information here

The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke album release

The Vampires new album ‘The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke’ will be released 5 May on Earshift Music/MGM. Many thanks to our pozible supporters, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth Jazz Festivals and Lloyd Swanton for producing the album. We are also excited to be partnering with Herbie Martin music for distribution of Earshift Music releases in Germany.

Pre-order on itunes
Order physical CD’s and digital on bandcamp
more info here http://www.thevampires.com.au/


Within and Without feat. Kurt Rosenwinkel

Recorded in April 2016 in Berlin as part of APRA’s inaugural Song Hub for Jazz, ‘Within and Without’ features American guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, arguably the most influential guitarist from his generation, alongside pianist Jackson Harrison, bassist Andreas Lang and drummer Tobias Backhaus. Some of the ideas and themes explored include recent travel experiences, relationship breakups, the creative process and inter-art references. The title track ‘Within and Without’ suggests simultaneous opposing forces; attraction and repulsion, enchantment and anguish, hope and despair. The title is also inspired by James Turell’s skyspace installation at National Gallery of Australia, ‘Within Without’, which transforms in colour with varying angles of fading natural light.

‘Within and Without’ will be released 2 June on Earshift Music/MGM/Herbie Martin Music


The Vampires upcoming shows

The Vampires new album will be launch at Foundry 616, Sydney on Friday 12 May.
Purchase tickets here

We are also appearing at the Street Theatre, Canberra, Friday 2 June. Tickets and info here.


Jan 2017 Update

This year will see the release of two new albums: ‘The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke’, and ‘Within and Without feat. Kurt Rosenwinkel’. I am also busy writing some new music for a festival at the Sydney Conservatorium, where I will be guest artist with their Jazz Orchestra, writing and performing a new suite I am writing. I will also be travelling to Germany again in April, ahead of visiting Jazzahead, and performing in Berlin in Vienna. Later in the year I will be undertaking a residency at OMI International Arts Centre in Ghent, New York, and hope to be visiting New York City and LA. Can’t wait!

Upcoming Quartet Shows

Saturday 28 January
Uptown Jazz Cafe Melbourne, Australia
Jeremy Rose – alto/soprano saxophone + bass clarinet
Joseph O’Connor – piano
Marty Houlobek – bass
Danny Fischer – drums
more info here

Sunday 26 February
Casa Labia, Cape Town, South Africa
Jeremy Rose – saxophone
Andrew Ford – piano
Shane Cooper – double bass
Kevin Gibson – drums
more info here

New releases on EARSHIFT MUSIC!

Check out two great new albums out now on Earshift Music

Cameron Undy’s 20th Century Dog – BONE
Bassist Cameron Undy’s first album with his band 20th Century Dog in nine years, recorded live at his iconic jazz club, Venue 505
“Booty shaking but mind bending at the same time” J. Hardaker, wordaboutmusic blog
“Irresistible while also being brilliantly unpredictable. Mighty! – J. Shand, Sydney Morning Herald jazz critic
featuring Cameron Undy – bass, Simon Barker and Jamie Cameron – drums, Ben Kidson – percussion, Greg Coffin – keyboards and piano, Ben Hauptmann – guitar, Jeremy Rose – tenor sax and bass clarinet

Mister Ott – SINGLE SHOT
Mister Ott’s second release on Earshift Music, following the crtically acclaimed Ethio-inspired Drop it Like it’s Ott
Featuring Matthew Ottignon – tenor & baritone sax, Ellen Kirkwood – trumpet, Daniel Pliner – keyboards, Ben Panucci – guitar, Eden Ottignon – bass, Carlos Adura/Dan Kennedy – Drums and Percussion

We’ve been busy uploading the entire Earshift Music catalogue to our bandcamp label page, including the Vampires’ four albums and two JR albums –  Chiba and Sand Lines. Take a browse and join the Earshift community: www.earshift.com

National Jazz Awards 2016

At the start of November, I was fortunate to play at the National Jazz Awards as part of the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in Victoria, Australia. It was great to be a part of this prestigious annual competition, which showcases ten semi-finalists from across Australia and overseas, and features a different instrument each year. Congratulations to Mike Rivett and Troy Roberts who took out 1st and 2nd – I was thrilled to take out 3rd place! Read about and watch the finals streamed from the ABC website here.

Paris show

Jeremy Rose Quartet
Live at Cave du 38 Riv’, Paris
Wed 2 Nov 2016, 20:30
venue and ticket info here

Modern Music Ensemble guest performance and commission

I had a great time working with Daryl Pratt and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Modern Music Ensemble, premiering my new work ‘Liminality’ and performing ‘Bons’ by Theo Loevendie. For program notes on Liminality click here

AAO 2016 Creative Music Intensive

I was fortunate to be part of the Australian Art Orchestra’s Creative Music Intensive at Tarraleah in Tasmania’s mountains this September. The CMI is a 10 day workshop with selected musicians from around Australia and overseas in a collaborative and learning environment. This year included guests Bae Il Dong and Sunny Kim from Korea, David and Daniel Wilfred from Arnhem Land, Christopher Hale, Simon Barker and Peter Knight. The workshop included a performance at Hobart’s MONA museum.



‘Iron in the Blood’ reviews

Iron in the Blood: A Musical Adaptation of Robert Hughes’ The Fatal Shore has received a 5-star review in the Australian newspaper:

“Australia’s early history is expertly portrayed in 11 tracks of uniquely blended narrative documentary and jazz composition. From the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788 through until Hughes’ words of summation, this documentary holds the attention on both musical and descriptive levels…. The music enlivens and dramatises the narrative, which at times is fearful and cruel and is occasionally uplifting, but the orchestrations always add depictions and dramatic illustration to this absorbing documentary.”
★★★★★ stars

“Harrowing history told by a bold, emerging Aussie voice. Individual performances and sound are excellent, and the narrations are enjoyable both on a theatrical and educational level. Rose has really honoured this awful chapter in our country’s history.”
★★★★½ LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE – Andrew Aronowicz

“To create his eleven-part tribute, Rose has assembled The Earshift Orchestra, an ensemble of seventeen musicians, nearly all of whom are youthful, like the composer. Two accomplished actors, Philip Quast and William Zappa, perform short excerpts from Hughes’s book (which are sometimes excerpts from original documents themselves).These are cleverly and movingly integrated into the work as a whole. Rose’s composition and orchestration here is reminiscent not only of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Gil Evans but, at times, of Igor Stravinsky and Peter Sculthorpe. It is a powerful mélange to which Rose has added much of his own as well.”
★★★★ stars

“Jeremy Rose has incorporated some of Hughes’ best prose and a few convict songs, into a long, dramatic, foreboding and sometimes dissonant and chilling series of brilliantly orchestrated fragments and longer themes played by The Earshift Orchestra.”

Read the full reviews here.

You can listen to the full album with an introduction from myself on ABC Jazz for the next weeks here.

Jeremy Rose Quartet – Melbourne

Thursday 18 August I will be performing at Uptown Jazz Cafe, presented by the Melbourne Improvisers’ Collective with my quartet featuring pianist Joseph O’Connor, bassist Marty Holoubek and drummer Danny Fischer.
Uptown Jazz Cafe – 177 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
10pm. First band at 8:30pm
More info here.

Liminality Premiere and Guest Soloist in Bons with Modern Music Ensemble


My new work for chamber orchestra, Liminality, will be premiered by the Sydney Conservatorium’s Modern Music Ensemble, with Daryl Pratt conducting, on Friday 2 September. The new work takes impetus from the tragic events to emerge from the refugee detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru, as well as being inspired by the music of John Adams, Ryuchi Sakamoto and Syrian music by Hossam Ramzy & Farid Al-Atrash. I am also performing as guest improvising soloist with the ensemble in a work by Dutch composer Theo Loevendie, Bons.

Friday 2 September, 6:30pm
Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
more information and tickets here
Read more about the work here

Iron in the Blood on ABC JAZZ

Iron in the Blood: A Musical Adaptation of Robert Hughes’ The Fatal Shore is officially out now on ABC JAZZ. You can listen to it on Itunes Music, purchase it on Itunes and CD format here.

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Read the Media Release on Iron in the Blood here.

Read more about the recording of  Iron in the Blood on my blog here

Lionel Loueke + The Vampires


Thanks to everyone who came out to our SOLD OUT tour with Lionel Loueke, as well as our show at the Brisbane International Jazz Festival with guitarist Matt Smith. We had an amazing week spending time with Lionel and can’t wait to hear the new album, which is being mixed this week with Lloyd Swanton producing. Special thanks to everyone that contributed to our Pozible campaign too, we will be sending out rewards as soon as the album is completed. If you missed our performance on ABC RN’s Music Show, you can catch up on it here.

The Strides ‘No Drama’ Video Clip

Had fun putting together The Strides new video clip with our friends from Paste Studios, Sydney. Take a peek at some of the behind the scenes videos up on The Strides on facebook here.

Berlin APRA Song Hub with Kurt Rosenwinkel

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Next week I will be travelling to Berlin to curate and perform in the very first APRA Jazz Song Hub. This will involve a collaboration between myself, pianist Jackson Harrison, US guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, and two German artists, bassist Anders Lang and drummer Tobias Backhaus. I am extremely excited about the project and can’t wait to work with these incredible musicians. We will also be performing at B-Flat Jazz Club, details below:

Monday 18 April
B-Flat Jazz Club
Rosenthaler Str. 17, Berlin

Lionel Loueke + The Vampires tour announcement

I am thrilled to announce that Lionel Loueke + The Vampires will be touring Australia in June. Originally from Benin, West Africa, Loueke has enjoyed a meteoric rise on the jazz scene, performing with jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Robert Glasper. We will be touring and recording our fifth studio album with him this June. More info here:




2016 Jan update

I have plenty of exciting musical things coming up this year. Over the summer I’ll be touring nationally with The Beautiful Girls, recording with Bernard Fanning, and touring the east coast and performing at Womadelaide with The Strides. I’ve got a new composition in the works for the Sydney Conservatorium’s Modern Music Ensemble, which will feature myself as special guest, to be premiered in September. I will be touring nationally and recording our 5th album with The Vampires in June with special guest guitarist Lionel Loueke. In April I will be travelling to Germany with pianist Jackson Harrison, performing in Berlin on 18 April. Here’s a few pics from the summer

Summer tour with The Beautiful Girls

The Beautiful Girls 2016

Recording for Powderfinger’s Bernard Fanning in Byron Bay

Bernard Fanning Jeremy Rose Nick Garbett

‘Sand Lines’ Album Reviews

“Rose has assembled a group of players perfectly capable of understanding and interpreting these elegant works.” – 4 1/2 stars The Australia

“This latest recording demonstrates Rose at his best and perhaps marks a watershed moment in his composing and jazz career…. his writing is melodious, textured and considered.” – cutcommonmag

“I have always been intrigued, amazed, challenged and – to be frank – totally gassed by his restless artistic nature and his consistently questing music, both as a composer and as a soloist… it is a delight to hear Rose back in the arms of (almost) straight-ahead Jazz – an added delight is to hear him rocking so sweet and heavy in those arms.” – australianjazz.net

“The forms here quite often depart in original ways… and the jazz focus allows perhaps more licence for some high virtuosity.” – The Music Trust

Read more here

APRA Professional Development Award

APRA PDA winners 2015

Thanks so much to APRA AMCOS – such a generous award and congrats to all the other winners and finalists. The money will be a great help towards writing some new music and heading to NYC next year. Inspiring to see so many great people in the music industry working across genres! The other winners included Jack Carty, Timothy Carroll, Ngaiire, Briggs, Ruby Boots, Marcus Corowa, Aaron Kenny and Peter McNamara.

Read about the other winners here.

Read an article in Music Australia

Jeremy Rose Quartet ‘Sand Lines’ out now!

I’m proud to be releasing my new album SAND LINES on Earshift Music. The album features my longstanding Sydney quartet with pianist Jackson Harrison, bassist Alex Boneham, drummer James Waples and special guitarist Carl Morgan. There will be launches in Sydney and Melbourne Nov 12 and 15, hope you can make it!



Purchase through earshift music

Purchase album on bandcamp

Purchase album on itunes

Jeremy Rose Quartet ‘Sand Lines’ Album Launches

Thursday 12 Nov
Venue 505
280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills, Sydney
Jackson Harrison – piano
Thomas Botting – bass
James Waples – drums
Carl Morgan – guitar

Sunday 15 Nov
Uptown Jazz Café – presented by MJC
177 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Joseph O’Connor – piano
Marty Holoubek – bass
Hugh Harvey – drums

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APRA/AMCOS Professional Development Award Finalist

I am thrilled to be a jazz finalist in the 2015 APRA/AMCOS Professional Development Award. To be amongst such a strong field of musicians is humbling. I truly admire and respect the work of the other finalists – Christopher Hale, Gian Slater, Joseph O’Connor and Kristin Berardi, so it is a real honour to be a part of this group.

Read more here

The Vampires @ Foundry 616

w / Ben Hauptmann guitar
Jonathan Zwartz bass
Friday 16 October
tickets here

October Foundry e-flyer

Mike Nock and Jeremy Rose Duo

Looking forward to performing with one of my musical heroes, jazz pianist Mike Nock, in an intimate duo setting in Sydney
Tuesday 9 June 2015
Presented by Jazzgroove 
@ Foundry 616
616 Harris St Ultimo, Sydney
8:00pm, followed by the Matt Keegan Band
*under 18’s allowed if accompanied by an adult

Jeremy Rose Band @ SIMA

I’ll be performing for Sydney Improvised Music Association @ The Sound Lounge with some of my favourite Sydney musicians.
Saturday 20 June 2015
The Sound Lounge
Seymour Centre, cnr City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale
8:30 and 10:00 pm
Ben Hauptmann (guitar)
Tom Botting (bass guitar)
Tim Firth (drums)
(Non-Member, Member, Student)
more info online or call 9351 7940 for bookings

The Vampires Europe Summer Tour


Vivid Music: Musify + Gamify Concerts

I will be playing a wonderful collection of game pieces by Julian Day, Cor Fuhler, Damien Ricketson, Steffan Ianigro with Ensemble Offspring as part of Vivid Music: Gamify + Musify at the Seymour Centre, Sydney

Friday 29 May 2015 – 7:30pm
Ensemble Offspring
Robbie Avenaim and Chris Abrahams
Michaela Davies
Alon Ilsar plays airsticks, joined by Lucas Abela’s Mini Duelling Guitars.

Recording Iron in the Blood – blog post

I’ve documented some thoughts and experiences of recording the major work Iron in the Blood: Music Inspired by Robert Hughes’ The Fatal Shore. You can read all about it here


The Vampires to perform at Love Supreme Festival (UK)

The Vampires are excited to announce that they will be performing at the Love Supreme Festival in the UK July 2015. We will be sharing the bill in fine company. Program details on their website here

The Strides – album launch and tour March 2015


The Strides are releasing their third album The Youth the Rich & The Fake on Earshift Music March 6 2015 with an east coast tour and album launch at Sydney’s Basement on Sat 7 March. Check out details on the poster below or click here to got to the Strides website.

Developed during a residency at Campbelltown Arts Centre in 2013, the album was recorded in a studio set amongst the rainforest of Ocean Shores near Byron Bay. The album was mixed by in Sydney by Ross Ferraro and in Brisbane by Paulie B, as well as being mastered in Los Angeles by Dave Cooley. The album features the vocals of band members Barbatian Ras Roni and Fijian Ltl Gzeus alongside special guests Ngaiire and Sierra Leonian Blacker Conteh.

Here is an instrumental track from the album – Arnhem Land

ABC Recording of Time Immemorial

I’m happy to release the video of my performance with the Sydney Conservatorium’s Modern Music Ensemble, performing music from my major work Iron in the Blood: Music inspired by Robert Hughes’ The Fatal Shore. 

The full recording of this work, which will be performed by a jazz orchestra, will take place in January 2015.


Cairns Creative Music Intensive wrap-up

Read my wrap up of the Cairns Creative Music Intensive on my blog here.

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Ensemble Offspring Hatched Performance Thurs October 30 2014

I am excited to announce the premiere of two new works as part of the inaugural Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Academy. For the past year I have been mentored by the Artistic Directors Claire Edwardes and Damien Ricketson and worked hands on with the ensemble in the development of these two new works.

Thursday October 30, 8:00pm
Music Workshop, L2
Sydney Conservatorium


Iron in the Blood – music inspired by The Fatal Shore

My extended work ‘Iron in the Blood’ will be getting some preliminary performances ahead of a recording in Jan 2015.

Friday 29 August 6:30pm
Sydney Conservatorium of Music Jazz Orchestra
Music Workshop – Level 2
conducted by yours truly
Press Release here

Saturday 6 September 2pm
Sydney Conservatorium Modern Music Ensemble
conducted by Daryl Prattfeaturing Steve Barry, Peter Koopman and yours truly.
*recorded for ABC Classic FM

You can listen back to the recording for a limited time on the ABC website here


Between Worlds – album launch

I am thrilled to announce that my work for string quartet and classical saxophone Between Worlds is featured as the title track on Nick Russoniello’s new album with Acacia String Quartet and will be toured nationally. Album launch details are below:

Thursday 28 August 7pm
Australia Hall
150 Elizabeth St Sydney

Australian Art Orchestra Creative Music Intensive Sept 2014

I am excited to be taking part in the Australian Art Orchestra’s inaugural Creative Music Intensive at the Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns, north eastern Australia. This will include workshops with Australia’s foremost improvisers including Simon Barker, Scott Tinkler, Peter Knight and Korean p’ansori singer Bae Il Dong.

More information, including applications to attend are on the AAO website

Zorn’s Game piece ‘Cobra’ and a new trio @ Sizzle 2014

I will be performing John Zorn’s game piece ‘Cobra’ with a host of top shelf improvisers including Jim Denley and Clayton Thomas at Ensemble Offspring’s annual ‘Sizzle’ event at Petersham Bowling Club (Sydney). I am also very excited to be launching a new improvising trio with drummer Laurence Pike and pianist Jackson Harrison.

Here’s an article I wrote for the event on the Ensemble Offspring website You can also view it on my blog.

Bali – Gamelan study

Earlier this month I spent a week studying Gamelan Music in Ubud in the mountains of Bali at Cudamani Music School. I watched rehearsals and performances of their orchestra and took lessons with Balinese musicians and Australian ethnomusicologist and musician Doug Myers. Doug has been collecting field recordings of music throughout the Indonesian archipelago since the 1970s. Some of the recordings document songs that have been lost through development and loss of traditional customs.

Blog entry, videos and pics here

Cudamani Gamelan School Ubud

The Vampires Germany Tour wrap-up

If you ever want to see the jazz industry in full swing (pardon the pun), Jazzahead in Bremen is the place to be. Jazzahead brings together key industry representatives from every corner of the world, including festival directors, record labels, booking agents, publicists and most of all, artists, which seem to be in an ever expanding supply thanks to the efficiency of jazz schools and universities. The Vampires show there was documented in this HD video for you to enjoy.

Performing at our (sold out!) show at B-Flat in Berlin with Berlin drummer Tobias Backhaus and trombonist Shannon Barnett.

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Ensemble Offspring Hatched Academy 2014

I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected as the composer for Ensemble Offspring’s inaugural Hatched Academy. I am really look forward to working with this incredibly talented group of composers and performers. The Academy is a specially designed creative program culminating in a public event on 26th October 2014. More information here: ensembleoffspring.com/education/ensemble-offspring-academy/

The Vampires ‘Tiro’ album release, Australia Tour and new video

The Vampires_TiroThe Vampires are proud to release our fourth studio album ‘Tiro’ Sunday 6 October 2013. It is available now for preorder from our website or order directly from paypal to be shipped to your home here. The band is getting set to tour Australia (NSW, QLD, VIC, NT, SA, TAS) throughout October, with appearances at the Manly Jazz Festival and Wangaratta Festival of Jazz with special guest Shannon Barnett. The Sydney album launch will be on Thurs Dec 5 at the Basement with Danaides and Slo Poke Rodriguez. For tour dates visit the Vampires website – www.thevampires.com.au

From our press release:

The band’s saxophonist/composer Jeremy Rose describes the new album as “taking a new direction for the group.” “This album casts a wide net of influences but particularly draws from my recent travels and musical studies in Greece and Cuba. The album was also influenced by Nick Garbett’s travels to the Pacific island of Palau and Colombia, and Alex Boneham’s sojourn in Rome over the past year. These diverse musical ‘postcards’ come together conceptually well.” The album also features a debut for Jeremy on tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone and clarinet, as well as Alex Masso’s work on cajon and additional percussion. The album also features two remixes by former George bass player turned producer Paul ‘Tanuki’ Bromley.

Heres a video of the opening track from the album “Mandala”


Australasian Saxophone and Clarinet Conference ~ Lecture

** Recent blog post featuring the full lecture now available here

I will be giving a lecture/demonstration on my work Oneirology Suite inspired by the Christopher Nolan film Inception, including a discussion of concepts of improvisation within contemporary saxophone quartet repertoire with Compass Quartet and pianist Jackson Harrison at the Australasian Saxophone and Clarinet Conference. We will be performing music from our latest album Oneirology out now on Earshift Music. Deets below :

Thursday 10 July 2013
Recital Hall West
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
more information click here



ABC Radio Broadcast for new string quartet and saxophone work ‘Between Worlds’


Well done to saxophonist Nick Russoniello (pictured above) and Sydney Camerata Quartet on doing a great job of performing my new work ‘Between Worlds’ last weekend on ABC Classic FM.

If you missed out and want to hear it (or want to listen to it again!) visit my blog post where you can watch a video of the performance and read the program notes. click here

New work premiere: “Between Worlds” for saxophone and string quartet

This week I had the first rehearsal for my new work ‘Between Worlds’ for string quartet and saxophone. The title is inspired by the experience of second generation immigrants – commonly described as ‘being caught between two worlds’ – as they face challenges of an ever shifting sense of self whilst facing pressure to conserve their country of origin’s culture. The music explores these themes whilst tracing the development of a folk melody I learnt whilst studying Balkan music in Greece – read my blog on the workshop I did last year here.

More information on the work from my blog here

The work is in three movements and is approx 13-15 minutes. It will be performed by  Sydney Camerata Quartet and Nick Russoniello on the following dates:

Thursday 11 April: Newcastle Conservatorium lunchtime series

Sunday 28 April: ABC Sunday Live broadcast from Penrith Joan Sutherland PAC, 3pm. More info on ABC website.


Campbelltown Arts Centre Residency with The Strides

I was in lock-down mode with The Strides this week at Campbelltown Arts Centre in Sydney’s west. The band was collaborating to write material for our third album, to be released August 2013. We went in with just a few sketches and came out with 13 new tracks. Plenty of jamming, late night sessions and extended musical discussions continued throughout the week.

We also undertook several mentorship workshops with local high school students, including some kids from the local juvenile detention centre and kids at the Claymore Community Centre (the subject of an ABC Four Corners documentary). The students proved an undying love for Bob Marley and hip-hop, with students stepping in to improvise and come up with their own arrangements and lyrics to some new songs. Check out the photo with our lead singers Ras Roni and LTL Gzeus above with Thomas Reddal High School. More photos from the week on facebook.

Ive also put up a rad video of our drummer (who is sadly moving to London with his band Deep Sea Arcade) – carlos drumming


Dominican Republic Volunteer Trip – Sept 2012

In September, Alice and I took a trip to the Dominican Republic for some volunteer work. Read about AcquaNegra, Haitian villages, a benefit concert, watch a video of school kids dancing to Ornette Coleman and giving a real life ‘adjustment’ in this blog entry.

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Chiba Quartet Norway Tour – Sept 2012

Brown cheese, liver patee, practicing in the sculpture park and Oslo drug culture. Chiba Quartet tour of Norway Sept 2021.

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Music Village with Hayden Chisholm – Mount Pilion, Greece – Aug 2012

Balkan Brass Music, Greek dancing in 11/8, midnight till dawn playing in the town square – welcome to Agios Lavrentios.

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