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News: Tasmanian Kelly Ottaway has taken out the 2016 National Big Band Composition Comp at an event held in Sydney on September 15.

The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra's 'National Big Band Composition Competition' is held every few years, and is a unique opportunity for composers around Australia and New Zealand to hone their skills, writing for one of the country's leading large ensembles. This year's event was held at Foundry616 in Sydney.

A total of 39 entries were received this year, and judges Dave Panichi, Mace Francis and Florian Ross chose three finalists: Nick Mulder (SA/VIC), James Mustafa (VIC) and a former finalist - Kelly Ottaway from Tasmania. All of the compositions were assessed anonymously, with Panichi noting "how incredible the standard of entries were this year, and how the sophistication of the compositions has grown significantly since the first comp in 2005."

Nick, James and Kelly conducted the JMO on September 15 at Foundry 616 in Ultimo, Sydney, with Kelly Ottaway claiming the first prize of $3000 and consideration for inclusion on a future CD project by the JMO. Also on the night, trumpeter Mat Jodrell joined the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, to lead an additional set of music by the late Bob Brookmeyer taken from the acclaimed record Get Well Soon.

Check out video highlights from this event in 'Glorious Mono' at the ABC Jazz Facebook page, or hear all three finalist's compositions on ABC Jazz on Thursday, September 22 at 9pm.

Previous winners of the National Big Band Composition Competition include Sally Greenaway (2007), Andrew Murray (2009) and Joe O'Connor (2011). Excerpts from these performances were broadcast recently on Thursday Night Live.


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On Sep 16, 2016. 5:44pm
Anonymous said

Please have great news like this advertised widely on ABC including news radio, RN and Radio Australia

On Sep 16, 2016. 4:06pm
Jim Nash said

Great to hear, and thanks for the video. ~ Jim

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