Network of Lines members

Tilman Robinson

Tilman Robinson, trombone. At 2012 MJFF, leading Network of Lines to premiere ‘If On A Winter’s Night a Traveller’

Tilman Robinson, trombone. At 2012 MJFF, leading <a href="">Network of Lines</a>  to premiere 'If On A Winter's Night a Traveller'

Tilman Robinson

Tilman is a composer & trombonist who graduated from WAAPA with First Class Honours in 2009. Since then, he has been engaged as a composer/arranger with prominent jazz and classical ensembles including the Australian Brass Quintet, Sinead O’Connor, Mace Francis Orchestra (MFO), Bennetts Lane Big Band (Melbourne), Frontier Justice Big Band (Canada) and Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra (Brisbane).

As a performer, Tilman has toured extensively as a member of the Johannes Luebbers Dectet and Mace Francis Orchestra, two of Australia’s leading jazz large ensembles. He has shared the stage with Bang on a Can All Stars, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, Ed Partyka, Dave Douglas, Jim Pugh, Kneebody and Myra Melford.

Melanie Robinson

Melanie Robinson, cello. At 2012 MJFF, appearing in Tilman Robinson’s Network of Lines


“A heart-stopper” (Sydney Morning Herald), “with a voice that will make your black heart beat again.” (Adelaide Now)

Cellist, singer, composer and arranger Melanie Robinson is best known for her work as one half of the award-winning original duo Mr Sister, one quarter of APRA/AMC award-winning quartet Overlander (with William Barton, Iain Grandage and Claire Edwardes), and as arranger, cellist, singer and occasionally co-writer for various Australian artists including Tim Rogers, You Am I, Washington, The Audreys and John Butler Trio. Recipient of the Pauline Steele Prize for Solo Cello Performance and ArtsWA’s Young Artist Fellowship, Melanie is currently working on Sally Richardson’s stage adaption of Sonya Hartnett’s novel “The Ghost’s Child”.

Xani Kolac

Xani Kolac, violin. At 2012 MJFF, appearing in Tilman Robinson’s Network of Lines


Xani Kolac is a Melbourne-based electric violinist and vocalist who performs regularly in her own drum and violin duo, The Twoks. She has performed for many festivals including the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Brisbane Festival, has attended a residency at The Banff Centre, completed her Masters in Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts and has won a few awards for her innovative approach to the violin along the way. Xani is particularly interested in songwriting and sending the violin through a myriad effects pedals to extend the timbral possibilities of such a beautiful and challenging instrument.

Hugh Harvey

Hugh Harvey, drums. At 2012 MJFF, appearing in Tilman Robinson’s Network of Lines


Originally from Adelaide, Hugh relocated to Melbourne in 2004 and has become firmly entrenched in the Melbourne music scene.  A versatile sideman, Hugh is a member of Julien Wilson’s “B for Chicken” quartet, the James Annesley Quartet, Motion, Paper Plane, ATM15, the New Melbourne Jazz Orchestra, the Darrin Archer Trio, and the Carlo Barbaro Quartet, and performs regularly with Flap!, The Pearly Shells, Anton Delecca, Tom Vincent and Peter Combe.  Hugh’s career highlight to date was opening for the Branford Marsalis Quartet on their 2010 Oz tour, performing with Leigh Barker and Tom Vincent, and sitting in with Branford at the Sydney Opera House, and later at 505.  In 2011, Hugh was a semi-finalist in the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz drum competition.  Hugh has toured extensively in Australia as well as Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Scotland and Thailand, and attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music led by Dave Douglas in 2010.

B. Mus (jazz performance) University of Adelaide ‘02, Honours VCA ‘04.

Peter Knight

Peter Knight, trumpet. At 2012 MJFF, appearing in Tilman Robinson’s Network of Lines

Composer/trumpeter/sound artist

Peter Knight is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide recognition for his eclectic approach, which integrates jazz, world music, and experimental traditions. Peter leads and composes for several ensembles including the internationally acclaimed cross-cultural sextet, Way Out West. He also performs solo, processing the trumpet through various electronic media. He has composed chamber music, short-film scores, created sound installations, and theatre/ dance scores. Peter is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a recent Victorian Green Room Awards nomination for ‘Best Composition and Sound Design’ for his score for theatre work, Pin Drop. He was also a finalist twice in the APRA/AMC Art Music Awards (2011 & 2012). In 2009 he won (with Way Out West) the Bell Award for ‘Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year.’ In 2007 he was awarded the Rolston Music Fellowship by the Banff Centre for the Arts. His most recent release, Fish Boast of Fishing, was mentioned in the New York City Jazz Record ‘Best of 2011’.