From the Artistic DIrector;
It is with a great feeling of accomplishment that the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra presents it’s 10th anniversary tour of Australia and New Zealand. Innovative, Inspired and Improvised performances by the Orchestra have impressed audiences Australia wide since the orchestra was formed in 2003. The JMO is dedicated to continuing the jazz big band tradition, but determined in taking the music into the 21st Century and beyond. We aspire to present world class performances of cutting edge music by Australia’s and the world’s most talented large ensemble composers.
In the 10 years since the orchestra was formed in the back bars of Surry Hills, Sydney, ‘the Mothership’ has gone on to grace many of Australia’s most prestigious stages and festivals. By the end of 2013, the orchestra will have performed over 100 concerts, in all the Australian States, and New Zealand, and has presented over 100 Australian debut performances of new repertoire by leading international and domestic composers. We have created over 100 new compositions for jazz orchestra, both through the running of our National Composition Competition, and the commissioning of new works for the orchestra by Australian and international composers and arrangers. In recent years, important partnerships have developed with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The Sydney Improvised Music Association, The Jazzgroove Association, Roland Corp (Finale), the Australia Council for the Arts, Federal Ministry for the Arts, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Wollongong Conservatorium, ABC Classic FM, Brisbane Powerhouse, Tank Arts, Casula Powerhouse, WAYJO and the Bundanon Trust. We are grateful for all the in-kind and financial support these dedicated organisations have provided the JMO during recent years and hope that their contribution, to building what we hope will be a great institution in years to come, will bear fruit.
It is my dream that one day Australia will have a state subsidised jazz orchestra that will give our finest musicians a forum to make music of the highest level in a constantly challenging yet secure enviroment. A workplace that gives our finest talent, opportunities to present their works in an situation on par with the classical or symphonic musician. We are making progress with the JMO, but still have a long way to go and hopefully our 10th anniverary will help to expose the orchestra to a wider audience and higher public recognition.
Sincere thanks to the gentleman of the orchestra for their continued dedication to the cause, in particular Lucian McGuiness, Murray Jackson, Richard Maegraith & Jeremy Borthwick who continue to facilitate our existence with their wisdom, talent, hard work, and willingness to help the orchestra overcome the many challenges that arise for a small arts organisation such as ours in an increasingly difficult arts climate. Special thanks to Sydney Conservatorium of Music, whose continued support and encouragement allows me to create music and opportunities for the wider music scene through my work with this orchestra and the community.
David Theak, Artistic Director