2013 Commission

Drunken Taxicabs of Absolute Reality: Howl to music by Darrin Archer

Sex, drugs, spirituality! – Howl – Jazz, Improvisation! Music interacting with poetry: “A tragic custard-pie comedy of wild phrasing” (Ginsberg)

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APRA Composer commission winner:

Drunken Taxicabs of Absolute Reality: Howl to music by Darrin Archer
(Howl by Allen Ginsberg)

Warning: this performance contains adults only language and themes.
Allen Ginsberg’s poem Howl can be found at pangloss.com

Darrin Archer at piano

Darrin Archer

Sex, drugs, and spirituality: the journey of the Beatnik. Jazz! Improvisation: The sonic landscape of the journey. Archer’s work realises this sonic landscape, utilising modern composition and improvisation.

Music interacting with poetry: ‘A tragic custard-pie comedy of wild phrasing'(Ginsberg)

Darrin Archer Composer/Piano
Sam Zerna Bass
Danny Fischer Drums
Luke Moller Violin
Julien Wilson Bass Clarinet
Gideon Brazil Tenor Sax
Pat Thiele Trumpet
Maxine Beneba Clarke Spoken word

Darrin Archer awarded MJFF – APRA Composer’s Commission 2013

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

Darrin Archer at piano

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

2013 APRA Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival Composer Commission

The Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival is now calling for submissions for the 2013 Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival Commission. Previous commissions have resulted in the creation of extraordinary new works by Tilman Robinson, Gian Slater, Fran Swinn, Jex Saarelaht, Colin Hopkins, Erik Griswold, and Ren Walters, consistently proving to be an important annual event for creative […]

The Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival is now calling for submissions for the 2013 Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival Commission. Previous commissions have resulted in the creation of extraordinary new works by Tilman Robinson, Gian Slater, Fran Swinn, Jex Saarelaht, Colin Hopkins, Erik Griswold, and Ren Walters, consistently proving to be an important annual event for creative music in Australia.

The Commission provides $1500 to a composer to write an extended work of at least 30 minutes for an ensemble (greater than five piece) of his or her choice and also provides rehearsal and performance fees for up to ten ensemble players. The commissioned work is to be presented at the 2013 Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, on Sunday May 5th, 2013 at Northcote Town Hall.

Interested parties are asked to provide the following:

  •  A description of their proposal clearly outlining the ideas behind the composition and how the idea will be realized (intended instrumentation, musicians, etc.) on one A4 page (font size 12 pt minimum).
  • A brief biography on one A4 page (font size 12 p minimum).
  • Audio support material up to 25 minutes in length (two tracks maximum).

In preparing their proposal, applicants may like to consider the following questions:

  • What is fringe?
  • How does your practice relate to fringe?
  • How will this commission be different from other work you have done?
  • What would this commission allow you to create that you would not be able to develop otherwise?
  • What outcomes and possibilities do you envisage for the work after its performance?

The proposal and biography should be emailed to info@melbournejazzfringe.com. Audio support material should either be hosted online (ie. Soundcloud), with links clearly labeled and provided via email, or sent on a CD to:
Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, Commission Submission
C/o 15 Latrobe Street
Brunswick
Victoria 3056

Applications must be received by no later than 5pm, Friday March 15th; the winning submission will be announced on March 22nd. Interstate and international applicants please note The Commission does not cover the cost of airfares or accommodation. Applicants must be Australian Citizens.

For enquires regarding The Commission including submission and performance / rehearsal fees contact: Sonja Horbelt-Ph:0417364314
Email: shorbelt@netlink.com.au or info@melbournejazzfringe.com