Balaclava VIC 3183, Australia
Balaclava Melbourne VIC 3183 Australia
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401 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia 4.26 mi
9670 40209670 4020
6 Goldie Place, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia 4.28 mi
358 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC, Australia 4.34 mi

Founded by Paul Grabowsky in 1994, The Australian Art Orchestra has built an unparalleled reputation for the breadth and quality of its output. Initially conceived as a contemporary jazz orchestra the group was soon recognised as a serious commissioner and interpreter of new notated works. It also developed a reputation for cross-cultural collaborations that were more ambitious than anything seen in Australian music previously and it delved into hybrid forms well before the terminology for such approaches became commonplace.

The AAO’s work constantly seeks to stretch genres and break down the barriers separating disciplines, forms and cultures. It explores the interstices between the avant-garde and the traditional, between art and popular music, between electronic and acoustic approaches, and creates works that traverse the continuum between improvised and notated forms.

In January 2013, the AAO entered a new period of artistic leadership under the guidance of Artistic Director, Peter Knight. Knight is an internationally acclaimed composer, trumpeter and sound artist who has toured extensively throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, garnering wide acclaim for an eclectic approach that integrates jazz, world music, and experimental traditions.

With its multi-faceted programming initiatives, the AAO fosters and supports a strong and vibrant local contemporary music scene drawing inspiration from Australia’s cultural diversity. Central to this is an ongoing dedication to nurturing and deepening its dialogues with Australian indigenous cultures as well as maintaining strong connections with artistic collaborators in India, Korea, China and Indonesia. The Orchestra has a record of commitment to the notion of a future in which truly new music that integrates Asian and Western influences is part of the cultural fabric of our region.

The Australian Art Orchestra regularly tours both locally and internationally with recent cities including Hong Kong, Toronto, Paris, London, Brisbane and Chennai.  It has won numerous awards for its work including three Australian Jazz Bell awards (most recently in 2014), the 2014 AMC/APRA Art Music Award ‘Excellence by an Organisation’, 2013 AMC/APRA Art Music Award ‘Performance of the Year’, a 2010 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards (Group Award), the H C Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship (2010), a Helpmann Award (2004), and a 2009 Classical Music award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Australian Music in a Regional Area’.

132 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 4.39 mi
PO Box 6833 Melbourne Vic 3004 4.39 mi
25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia 4.43 mi

Widely regarded as Australia’s premier Jazz Club, Bennetts Lane is open 7 nights a week and features the best of local, interstate and international musicians.

Contact Person: Michael Tortoni

6/108 Cambridge Street, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia 4.45 mi
30 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia 4.53 mi
(03) 9417 6420(03) 9417 6420
14/26 Edgevale Road, Kew VIC 3101, Australia 4.58 mi
0413 135 1460413 135 146
34 Dight Street, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia 4.59 mi
0410 718 2690410 718 269
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053 4.69 mi
Edgevale Road, Kew VIC 3101, Australia 4.7 mi
Kew VIC, Australia 4.72 mi
1300 783 4461300 783 446
1st/177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia 4.73 mi
Carlton VIC 3053, Australia 4.9 mi
Formed in 1983, the Melbourne Jazz Co-op has been supporting jazz and improvised music continuously for more than 25 years.  Since presenting the Browne-Costello-Grabowsky Trio at its inaugural concert in January 1983, the MJC has presented hundreds of performances featuring many of Australia’s most respected musicians, from Melbourne and interstate, as well as a number of international artists who otherwise may not have performed in Melbourne. In 2009, the MJC presented 152 performances featuring over 130 ensembles.

The MJC has premiered several important new projects, including the Paul Grabowsky Orchestra (forerunner to the Australian Art Orchestra) and Andrea Keller’s Bartok Project.  On top of this the MJC has regularly debuted interstate acts, providing a vital link in any Australian tour, and exposing Melbourne audiences to the best jazz from across the country.  Of note, the MJC provided Melbourne debuts for The Necks, the catholics, Sandy Evans, the Mike Nock Quartet and Bernie McGann Quartet.

This has all been done while the MJC maintains its core work – providing opportunities for local musicians to present new work in some of the country’s best jazz venues.  High standards have been set by the established generations, and the younger generations of musicians have well lived up to expectations.  The MJC has supported performances by the finest musicians emerging on the scene, such as Marc Hannaford, Sam Anning, Shannon Barnett, Aaron Choulai and Gian Slater.

Since 1993 the majority of MJC performances have been at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, though in recent years the regular program expanded to include performances at the Paris Cat, as well as supporting other performances around Melbourne.  In 1992 the MJC was responsible for bringing jazz in concert format to the Melbourne Festival for the first time, and in 1997 the MJC founded the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival, organizing the festival until 2004 before handing it over to a Festival Board.The MJC presents the largest program of its type in Australia, and is a crucial element in Melbourne’s diverse arts scene.

Contact Person: Martin Jackson, email: martin@mjc.org.au

Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia 4.95 mi
03 8415 106703 8415 1067
317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia 5.02 mi
03 9486 242303 9486 2423
497 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051, Australia 5.15 mi
41 Mawby Road, Bentleigh East VIC 3165, Australia 5.22 mi
578 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North VIC 3068, Australia 5.67 mi
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