The opportunities that exist in Australia for dialogues with Asian cultures are among the most exciting prospects for Australian musicians, and improvised practice, which is at the core of the Australian Art Orchestra, is an ideal platform for facilitating these dialogues. The Creative Music Intensive residency is conceived to provide a unique professional development program for musicians from Tasmania, across Australia and internationally that explores this meeting of cultures and practices.
Following the success of the Creative Music Intensive at the Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns in 2014, 2015 explored a new regional setting in the Tasmanian Central Highlands. The cultural focus was India, with longtime AAO collaborator Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani in residence. The ten-day practice-based residency focused on cross cultural collaboration and was made up of daily lectures, small ensemble workshops and open group practical sessions. These sessions explored the meeting points of classical Indian music and western jazz and improvisation, as well as embracing the different techniques and histories.
HISTORY OF THE CROSS-CULTURAL COLLABORATION
The Australian Art Orchestra has collaborated with Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani for almost twenty years. Through The Chennai Sessions, Into the Fire and Two Oceans, the rhythmic intricacies and improvising practices that reside at the core of both the South Indian Carnatic tradition and the Western jazz tradition have been explored through performances across India, Europe and Australia. Rich in power, beauty and originality, this collaboration continues to explore a new style of music built on the foundation of the Carnatic tradition and combining with Western interpretations, performed both on South Indian and Western instruments.
THE ARTISTIC TEAM
GURU KAARAIKKUDI MANI - A world-renowned Mridangam player and an innovator in the field of rhythm in South Indian Classic music, Guru Mani has collaborated with the AAO since 1996.
DR PETER KNIGHT – Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra, Knight is a trumpeter, composer and sound artist who has gained wide acclaim for his eclectic approach, integrating jazz, world music, and experimental traditions.
DR SIMON BARKER – An exceptional drummer and teacher, Barker is known for his cross-cultural collaborations and was a facilitator at the inaugural Creative Music Intensive. He is a lecturer in Jazz at the University of Sydney.
DR SANDY EVANS OAM - An internationally renowned saxophonist and composer with a passion for improvisation and new music, Evans recently competed a PhD at Macquarie University focusing on Carnatic Jazz Intercultural music.
ADRIAN SHERRIFF – A member of the AAO since its inception, Sherriff is a performer, composer, teacher and multi- instrumentalist. A longtime student of Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani, Sherriff is Musical Director of the AAO’s collaborations with the Sruthi Laya Ensemble.