Well done to winners of the APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards for 2022, which were presented tonight.
Taking home the award for Work of the Year: Jazz was Gian Slater’s Grey is Ground album which marks the artist’s sixth solo release and explores the unknowns and mysteries of day-to-day life. Gian is a prolific vocalist and composer, whose approach incorporates wordless singing and improvisation, song writing; electronics and extended vocal techniques; new music and contemporary composition. She has been a multiple finalist in the prestigious Freedman Fellowship, Melbourne Music Prizeand Bell Awards and was the recipient of the MJFF Apra Composers Commission, Creative Australia Fellowship and the PBS Young Elder of Jazz – as well as having also recently won a Green Room Award in composition for theatre production Song For a Weary Throatby Rawcus Theatre and Invenio Singers. You can listen to the album here.
This year Performance of the Year: Jazz/Improvised Music has been awarded to Jeremy Rose & The Earshift Orchestra featuring Simon Barker and Chloe Kim, for their performance of their collaborative work, Disruption! The Voice of Drums. You may recall this thrilling concert-length tribute to the timeless, visceral and disruptive power of the drum having its world premiere at the 2021 Sydney Festival. Jeremy, Simon and Chloe. You can check out a clip of the work here.