Gian Slater

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Born and raised in Canberra, Gian moved to Melbourne to pursue her career and studies. In 2003 she completed her Bachelor of Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts. Whilst at VCA, she received numerous awards, including the Mabel Kent Estate Singing Scholarship, the Gwen Nisbett Award, and the Athenaeum Ensemble award.

She has been a regular featured artist at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, performing predominantly her original material. Gian recorded with ABC Jazz Track in 2003 with her quartet, playing her compositions. Late 2003, she composed and arranged a 50 minute song cycle/suite called “Only”, for a 6 piece ensemble.

In 2004, Gian was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Freedman Fellowship and performed alongside some of Australia’s most refined musicians at the Sydney Opera House. Her six piece ensemble was invited to feature at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz in October 2004. In December 2004, she received an Oz council youth grant to co-compose and perform a song cycle called ‘Tears’ with Trombonist, Shannon Barnett, which was premiered at the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival. She also released her debut album ‘In My Head’ in January 2005, an album of all original material. Gian featured on the Aria nominated album ‘Angels and Rascals’ – Andrea Keller Project, which was released in March 2005.

She has performed with such established artists as Andrea Keller, Tony Gould, Tim Stevens, Jamie Oelers, Geoff Hughes and has performed at many high profile events.
She has performed in ensembles such as Christopher Hale Ensemble, Andrea Keller Project, Blowfish and the Geoff Hughes Collective.

She has recently formed a new group, which she is planning to record in the near future. She was also selected as a finalist for the National Jazz Awards, held at Wangaratta Jazz Festival.

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