Appearing in I Heart Improv*, 8.15pm, Wednesday 28 October

Exhilarating improvised works, commissioned by the Festival from leading and emerging artists:

Maria Moles, drums

Scott Tinkler, trumpet

WOLFA: Jenny Barnes, voice, & Mick Meagher, electric bass*

*Co-presented with the Melbourne Jazz Co-operative

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Scott Tinkler lives and works on Bruny Island, Tasmania.
  • Recipient of the of the 2016 Melbourne Music Prize  for Outstanding Musician
  • Recipient of the 2008/2009 Australia Council Music Fellowship
  • Winner of the 1998 ARIA Award  for Best Jazz Release: The Future in Today
  • Winner of the National Jazz Award 1996
  • Winner of the 1995  ARIA Award  for Best Jazz Release: FIRE
Tasmanian based, Australian trumpeter Scott Tinkler has been performing since 1983 and is well known
for his many brilliant incarnations as an ensemble player, composer, soloist and recording artist.
Tinkler has collaborated with a range of international artists over the past decade including Jason Moran, Tim Berne, Mark Helias, Anthony Burr, Tony Buck, Oscar Noriaga and Han Bennink. In 2003 Tinkler travelled with his longtime associate Paul Grabowsky to New York to record an album of Grabowsky’s original music with Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Ed Schuller and Jeff “Tain” Watts. Tales of Time and Space was released on the Warner label to stunning reviews, many highlighting Tinkler’s unique contribution to Grabowsky’s music.
He is a founding member and previous Associate Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra and plays regularly in Australia in duos, trios and quartets with musicians including Marc Hannaford, Simon Barker, Paul Grabowsky, Erkki Veltheim, Ken Eadie, Carl Dewhurst, Scott McConnachie and Anthony Pateras.
Tinkler has been involved in a range of projects with the composer and violinist John Rodgers, working in ensembles such as Ellision, Hydromus Krysogast and the Antripodean Collective. Notably, Rodgers composed Glass, a concerto featuring Tinkler as soloist performed with the London Sinfonietta, which premiered at the 2010 Adelaide Festival of Arts.
Throughout Tinkler’s career he has been interested in not only exploring and developing improvised music stemming from jazz, but also other forms of music and the cultures they come from. This has led to musical collaborations with Indian and Korean musicians, as well as with indigenous musicians from Australia including Archoie Roach and Ruby Hunter and songmen from Ngukurr.
Scott has received grants and invitations to perform throughout the world in many diverse and rewarding situations in countries such as China, The Netherlands, America, Great Britain, Vietnam, France, India, Germany, the USA, Mexico, Korea, Italy, Japan, Norway and Tanzania
Current projects include:
  • North of North  with violinist Erkki Veltheim and pianist Anthony Pateras. This ensemble tours Europe regularly and has released two albums drawing from Xenakian architextures, Carterian set theory, Carnatic music, sharp-edged pointillism & orchestrational symbiosis in chamber-oriented improvisations.
  • Chiri  with the Australian drummer Simon Barker, Korean Pansori singer Bae Il Dong. In 2011, at the invitation of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, Chiri toured Korea, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus and Jordan, North Korea, followed by a performance at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and two tours of Korea in 2012. Chiri has released three critically acclaimed albums.
  • Tinkler is involved in an ongoing solo trumpet project that uses extended and prepared techniques.
Scott has released more than 10 recordings as a leader and appeared on over 25 as co-leader or sideman