Presented by the 2013 Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, in association with Northcote Town Hall, Jazzhead, extempore & the Melbourne Jazz Co-op.

Darrin Archer at piano

Darrin Archer

On Sunday May 5th from 5.00PM at the Northcote Town Hall, the Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival presents its 9th annual APRA Composer Commission Concert.

Following the success of previous winners such as Fran Swinn, Gian Slater, Jex Saarelaht, Colin Hopkins, Erik Griswold and Ren Walters, the performance of 2013 winner Darrin Archer’s new work “Drunken Taxicabs of Absolute Reality : Howl to music by Darrin Archer (poem by famous ‘Beat’ writer- Allen Ginsberg) will continue the tradition of groundbreaking performances by recipients of this prestigious award. Performed by an outstanding ensemble of players and spoken word artist Maxine Beneba Clarke, the work epitomizes Fringe and is indeed about people living on the fringe – artists, musicians, poets, writers, outcasts, mental patients… the beat generation – as articulated in this iconic Ginsberg poem.

Darrin Archer is an ‘in demand’ pianist and composer in the Melbourne Jazz scene. Recent career highlights include releasing his latest Piano Trio album Melancholy Woods featuring current New York residents Sam Anning and Raj Jayaweera and touring nationally with the Black Arm Band. A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium and finalist at the National Jazz Awards in 2006, Darrin continued his piano studies in 2008 at the Banff Centre, Canada, and with Marc Copland in New York, courtesy of an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant. He is currently a sessional staff member at Monash University and as a freelance pianist has worked with Alison Wedding, Gian Slater, Michelle Nicole, Paul Williamson, Tim Wilson, and Emma Gilmartin. His recording credits include Alison Wedding, Grace Knight, Tim Wilson’s Cannonball, The Natives, Loni Thomson, the Gianni Marinucci Nonet, and the Tim Shawcross Septet. Darrin is planning to record a new piano trio with Ben Robertson and Hugh Harvey and is in the process of writing a suite for Voice, Piano and String Quartet which will be recorded and performed later in the year with critically acclaimed singer, Gian Slater.

The ensemble for this project features outstanding artists Darrin Archer (Composer/Piano), Sam Zerna (bass), Danny Fischer (drums), Pat Theile (trumpet), Gideon Brazil (tenor sax), Luke Moller (violin), and Julien Wilson (bass clarinet) with special guest Maxine Beneba Clarke reading Ginsberg’s Howl.

The MJFF 2013 APRA Composers Commission Concert will be part of a larger 2-8pm event at Northcote Town Hall with program and ticketing details to be announced shortly and featuring some of Australia’s leading jazz and improvising artists.

The 2013 Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival is made possible with the support of the following sponsors: APRA, Northcote Town Hall, Brolly design and extempore