Current Program

More great music coming your way in 2016! Read more about last years activity at the news page or Browse our event archive. Join our electronic mailing list to be the first to receive news of our upcoming activities. Our 2016 season comprises the Orchestra performing with James Muller, Florian Ross, Scott Tinkler and more... 


In October, the Mothership Orchestra re-unites with phenomenal German composer and pianist, Florian for a mini-tour of the east coast. Our 2006 with Florian was one of the keystone events in the JMO's development as an orchestra and since that landmark event Florian has built a reputation as one of the worlds most dynamic and innovative large ensemble composers.  

presented in association with Goethe Institut.


This July the Mothership Orchestra will launch its latest release Fiddes vs Tinkler (available on Rattle Jazz NZ) at Foundry 616 on July 25. Celebrated trumpeter Scott Tinkler and composer Andy Fiddes have teamed up with Australia’s leading jazz orchestra to create a superb new album for Rattle Jazz. Further affirming it’s artistic mission, the Sydney-based Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra has produced a recording that highlights the exceptional depth and breadth of talent at the cutting edge of the Australian jazz scene, a work of great quality and nuance.

A powerhouse of energy and sound, JMO seeks to blur the boundaries between generic musical forms, delivered through the dynamic, rhythmic, and textural context of the large ensemble setting, and by judiciously selecting original music from Australasia’s most accomplished composers.

We spent 18 months developing this collaboration, a powerfully contemporary work that combines one of our most internationally renowned improvisers, Scott Tinkler, alongside one of the most innovative jazz composers working today, Andy Fiddes,” says David Theak, JMO co-founder and Artistic Director. “The compositions were written as an extended work to showcase trumpeter Scott Tinkler in a big band setting. From its inception in 2003, the JMO has steadily worked towards this, our most ambitious large scale project.”

This is our second release for New Zealand’s fantastic Rattle Jazz label. We love Rattle’s commitment to quality in sound and design, and the fact they have such an interesting and diverse roster of artists, a showcase for the originality and fire of Australasian jazz.”

Crowdfunded Recording of Andy Fiddes' suite for Scott Tinkler

This September, the Mothership Orchestra will record a new work by our own Andy Fiddes, with featured soloist, fellow trumpeter Scott Tinkler, supported in part by a succesful crowd-funding campaign launched by Andy and the JMO earlier in the year. Tinkler, Fiddes and the Orchestra will record the album in Sydney in late September.
David Theak of the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra approached Andy Fiddes in early 2014 to write the music for a live recording featuring prominent Australian jazz trumpeter Scott Tinkler. The Mothership has an incredible history of international collaboration in its relatively short 10-year history, yet the JMO strive to encourage Australian programming for the band and Theak believed Fiddes and Tinkler would could offer something that would contribute positively to the Mothership's repertoire. The first instalment of The Gaffer Suite was premiered during the 1-year anniversary of Sydney jazz club Foundry616 in September 2014.

 Eastern Australia Tour with James Muller, arranged by Florian Ross.

This November, one of Australia’s most celebrated musicians, guitarist James Muller teams up with Australia’s leading jazz orchestra for an exciting new project. The Sydney-based ‘Mothership’ will deliver a sensational new program that promotes new Australian music, played by cutting-edge Australian musicians in collaboration with one of the world’s leading arrangers, Florian Ross. See dates, and buy tickets, below.