Australian Art Orchestra

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Australian Art Orchestra - Jazz Avantgarde Live Act in Melbourne

Australian Art Orchestra Short Info

The Australian Art Orchestra is one Australia's most significant contemporary music ensembles and is now in its twentieth year. It is a collective of improvising musicians that works in different formations from quintet to 20-piece. Central to the AAO mission is a commitment to collaborate across cultures with key projects including a long-running collaboration with Australian Aboriginal people from remote Arnhem Land 'Crossing Roper Bar'. It also has current projects with Korean p'ansori singer Bae Il Dong and South Indian Mridangam virtuoso, Guru Karaikudi Mani.

The Australian Art Orchestra'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.

The Australian Art Orchestra is one Australia's most significant contemporary music ensembles and is now in its twentieth year. It is a collective of improvising musicians that works in different formations from quintet to 20-piece. Central to the AAO mission is a commitment to collaborate across cultures with key projects including a long-running collaboration with Australian Aboriginal people from remote Arnhem Land 'Crossing Roper Bar'. It also has current projects with Korean p'ansori singer Bae Il Dong and South Indian Mridangam virtuoso, Guru Karaikudi Mani.

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Past Gigs Australian Art Orchestra

  • 01 | 2015 Hobart, Tasmania MONA FOMA Festival
  • 11 | 2014 Hong Kong Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts Symposium
  • 10 | 2013 Various locations Outback Australia National tour
  • 11 | 2012 Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Homerton College
  • 11 | 2012 London London Jazz Festival
  • 10 | 2012 Paris Musée du Quai Branly
  • 10 | 2011 Garma Garma Indigenous Festival, Gulkula, Northern Territory

Discography Australian Art Orchestra

  • 2014 Crossing Roper Bar Vol 2 - The Ghost Dancers Album | AAO Recordings
  • 2010 Crossing Roper Bar Album | AAO Recordings

Media

  • Sound Weaving The Law (excerpt)

Origin

  • Melbourne AU

Founded

  • 1994

Members

  • Peter Knight Artistic Director, electronics, trumpet
  • Paul Grabowsky Piano, composition
  • David Wilfred Wagilak songman, didgeridoo
  • Daniel Wilfred Wagilak songman, voice, clap sticks
  • Tony Hicks Saxophone
  • Niko Schauble Drums
  • Stephen Magnusson Guitar

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