Compass Quartet to play at IEC Awards night

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Compass Quartet represent one of the country’s first class saxophone quartets, will play at the Indian Executive Club (IEC) Awards night to be held on November 9 at the Melbourne Town Hall.

With a musically diverse jazz-classical background, the group features Sydney Soloist and SSO soprano saxophonist Christina Leonard, Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year alto saxophonist Jeremy Rose, all-star tenor saxophonist Matthew Ottignon and esteemed baritone saxophonist Luke Gilmour. Their music takes the compass as an analogy for pointing in multiple musical directions and choosing thrilling collaborators.

Inspired by the idea of breaking down barriers between classical music and improvised jazz, Compass Quartet takes an innovative and flexible approach to concert programming, combining influences as that are, distinct, new and unusual.

Sydney-based Christina is a saxophonist committed to expanding the repertoire of Australian music, while Jeremy is one of Australia’s leading next generation jazz artists. Jeremy completed a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2007 and has since studied saxophone and composition in London, Oslo, and New York.

Matthew is often mentioned as one of Australia’s finest jazz saxophonists, and is in demand for his ability to add something special to bands, djs and recording artists from all over the world. Luke is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Maestro Imre Pallo.

Compass Quartet’s second album “Ode to an Auto Rickhaw” features a fascinating cross-cultural collaboration with internationally recognised Indian musicians Sarangan Sriranganathan (sitar and vocals) and Bobby Singh (tabla). The music relates and reflects the traditions of India, Jazz and Classical music styles, utilising tantalising sonic possibilities. The music was commissioned and composed by Sandy Evans and Jeremy Rose. The album was a finalist in the 2012 Art Music Awards for Jazz Work of the Year.

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