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Conversation on Identity


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The panel for Conversation on Identity includes one of the most influential and groundbreaking jazz performers of the last six decades, saxophonist Charles Lloyd, Australia’s most acclaimed improvising jazz pianist and the music director of the Australian Art Orchestra, Paul Grabowsky, and one of the most creative forces on the New York music scene for the last 15 years, genre-bending vocalist and composer Theo Bleckmann.

Panel: Paul Grabowsky (artist/Festival Director, Australia), Charles Lloyd (artist, USA), Allan Browne (artist, Australia) Martin Jackson (jazz promoter, Australia), Theo Bleckmann (artist, USA)

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Paul Grabowsky

It is difficult to describe Paul’s career easily. He has directed of some of Australia’s most prominent festivals, composed nearly thirty feature film scores, and several works of music theatre, founded and lead for nineteen years of the Australian Art Orchestra, was an executive at the ... Read more

Martin Jackson
Martin Jackson

Martin Jackson co-founded the Melbourne Jazz Co-operative in late 1982 with pianist Jamie Fielding, bassist Barry Buckley and others. The Co-op has been supporting jazz and improvised music continuously for more than 25 years, and has presented hundreds of performances featuring many of Australia’... Read more

Charles Lloyd

Charles Lloyd’s influence dates back to the 1960s, when his groundbreaking early recordings established him as one of the first jazz musicians to sell more than one million records. The Memphis-born saxophonist and flautist formed his first quartet in 1965 with the now legendary pianist Keith Jarr... Read more

Allan Browne
Allan Browne

Allan Browne is one of Australia’s most acclaimed jazz drummers and band leaders, having collaborated with many of the great names in jazz. In the 1960s he established the Red Onion Jazz Band internationally. In the 1990’s Allan performed with the Paul Grabowsky Trio, Onaje, The Paul Rettke Quar... Read more

Theo Bleckmann

Grammy nominated, genre-bending vocalist and composer Theo Bleckmann has been a steady force in the music scene in New York for over 15 years. Since his move from Germany to Manhattan in the late 1980s, Bleckmann has forged his own sound in jazz and contemporary music today, drawing from jazz, ambie... Read more


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