PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission

11 Nov 2011

PBS in association with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival are delighted to announce Victorian Jazz composer/performer, Tamara Murphy as the winner of the PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission, a brand new initiative promoting innovation and excellence in jazz composition.

Tamara has been awarded $10,000 for the creation and presentation of her new work. Her composition “Big Creatures & Little Creatures: The Modular Suite” will be broadcast on PBS and premiered at the 2012 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

The aim of the commission is provide support for composers at a pivotal point in their career, and to encourage creative flair and distinction in the jazz idiom. The PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission is an initiative of PBS 106.7FM, in association with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, and is generously supported by Mark Newman of K2 Asset Management.

Tamara completed the improvisation course at the Victorian College of the Arts, graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor of Music Performance. She has studied with Gary Costello, Lloyd Swanton, Ben Robertson, Andrew Moon (M.S.O.) and Ed Schuller (US), Mark Helias (US) and Larry Grenadier (US). She recently completed her Master of Music Performance (research) at the VCA, Melbourne in 2009.

Tamara Murphy regularly performs with many outstanding musicians around Australia. She has shared the stage with many musicians, including: Kenny Kirkland, Bob Sedegreen, Tim Stevens, Barney McAll, Mark Fitzgibbon, Gil Askey, Andrew Gander, Geoff Hughes, Allan Browne, Brigitte Allen, Nichaud Fitzgibbon, David Rex, Julien Wilson, Stephen Magnussen, Andrea Keller, Sandy Evans, Jamie Oehlers, Nina Ferro, George Coleman Junior, Dale Barlow, the Sophie Brous band, the Christophe Genoux quartet, the Luke Howard trio, the Cam McAllister quintet, the Fran Swinn Trio and Bernie McGann along with many others.