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Tilman Robinson wins MJFF 2012 APRA Composer Commission

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The 2012 Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, presented in association with: Northcote Town Hall, Jazzhead, extempore & the Melbourne Jazz Co-op.
On Sunday May 13th from 5.00PM at the Northcote Town Hall, the Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival presents its 8th annual APRA Composer Commission Concert. Following the acclaimed success of previous winners such as Fran Swinn, Gian Slater, Jex Saarelaht, Colin Hopkins, Erik Griswold and Ren Walters, the performance of 2012 winner Tilman Robinson’s new work "If on a Winter's Night a Traveller", inspired by Italo Calvino’s 1979 postmodern novel, will continue the tradition of groundbreaking performances by recipients of this prestigious award. Performed by Robinson’s Network of Lines, the work attempts to replicate the unique structure of Calvino's iconic novel. By employing elements of through-composition and free improvisation the work allows the musicians to speak directly to the audience as well as forming a cohesive musical narrative.
 
Tilman is a composer, arranger, trombonist & sound artist, working in the spaces between jazz, classical, experimental and popular music.He has performed (and premiered) a diverse range of works at numerous venues, both national and internationally. He graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2009 and since then has received commissions from prominent jazz and classical ensembles, including the Australian Brass Quintet, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra, Fused and the Arundo Reed Quintet. Tilman has also been engaged as an arranger for Sinead O'Connor, and was commissioned to write for Orchestra Victoria’s 'Seven Songs to Leave Behind'. His music has been performed by the Bennetts Lane Big Band, Frontier Justice Big Band (Canada) and EMO (Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra). Tilman Robinson’s Network of Lines features leading Australian musicians Peter Knight (Trumpet/Processing), Callum G'Froerer (Trumpet), Xani Kolac (Violin), Melanie Robinson (Cello), Brett Thompson (Guitar/Banjo), Berish Bilander (Piano/Accordion), Samuel Pankhurst (Double Bass), Hugh Harvey (Drums) and leader Robinson (Trombone/Processing).
 
The MJFF 2012 APRA Composers Commission Concert will also featureiconic Melbourne bassist David Tolley with guitarist Ren Walters whose 20+ years of collaboration has spawned a wide variety of performance events, methods and instrumentation and exciting trio Magnet, featuring leading Melbourne improvisers Carl Pannuzzo, Stephen Magnusson and Eugene Ball.
 
The 2012 Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival is made possible with the support of the following sponsors: APRA, Northcote Town Hall, Brolly design and extempore
 
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in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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