ROBERT BURKE

• Performer • Composer • Educator • Researcher •

"What makes this disc work so well is the sense of restraint or calm at the centre with well-selected eruptions which never reach an extreme."

- Downtown Music Gallery, NY (2017)

 “This is a groundbreaking collection — complex and adventurous. 4.5★ ”

- J. McBeath, The Australian (2015)

“A stunning jazz album that identifies Melbourne as a significant contributor of talent and inventive and pioneering jazz on the world stage. Beautifully recorded and presented … This record is a collaboration of some of the most influential protagonists on the Melbourne scene and is undoubtedly a masterpiece.”

– Eddie Naran, Jazz on the Street (2015)

“Variations of tempo and mood and a seemingly telepathic ability to complement each other make for stimulating listening.”

- Music Australia Guide (2010)

“…carefully crafted explorations into the melodic beauty, space, timbre and dynamic variations of reeds and piano by players whose long friendship is evident.”

- Roger Mitchell, SHS (2010)

“…an empathetic, melodic and tender album that reflects the saxophonist’s and pianist’s longtime playing partnership.”

- The Daily Planet, ABC Radio National (2010)

“…to die for.”

- Leon Gettler, The Age Green Guide (2010)

"An exciting tour of Melbourne. There are moments where you will get chills down your back. 4.5★ ”

- The Age Green Guide (2005)

"There is a romance in the tracks that comes from an exploration of a stage of jazz which has pleasured many for a long time. While gentle … it is quietly persuasive of all the life, clarity and brilliance to be found in mainstream jazz. Emotional and relaxing.”

- Canberra Times, Canberra (2003)

ROBERT BURKE

• Performer • Composer • Educator • Researcher •

"What makes this disc work so well is the sense of restraint or calm at the centre with well-selected eruptions which never reach an extreme."

- Downtown Music Gallery, NY (2017)

 “This is a groundbreaking collection — complex and adventurous. 4.5★ ”

- J. McBeath, The Australian (2015)

“A stunning jazz album that identifies Melbourne as a significant contributor of talent and inventive and pioneering jazz on the world stage. Beautifully recorded and presented … This record is a collaboration of some of the most influential protagonists on the Melbourne scene and is undoubtedly a masterpiece.”

– Eddie Naran, Jazz on the Street (2015)

“Variations of tempo and mood and a seemingly telepathic ability to complement each other make for stimulating listening.”

- Music Australia Guide (2010)

“…carefully crafted explorations into the melodic beauty, space, timbre and dynamic variations of reeds and piano by players whose long friendship is evident.”

- Roger Mitchell, SHS (2010)

“…an empathetic, melodic and tender album that reflects the saxophonist’s and pianist’s longtime playing partnership.”

- The Daily Planet, ABC Radio National (2010)

“…to die for.”

- Leon Gettler, The Age Green Guide (2010)

"An exciting tour of Melbourne. There are moments where you will get chills down your back. 4.5★ ”

- The Age Green Guide (2005)

"There is a romance in the tracks that comes from an exploration of a stage of jazz which has pleasured many for a long time. While gentle … it is quietly persuasive of all the life, clarity and brilliance to be found in mainstream jazz. Emotional and relaxing.”

- Canberra Times, Canberra (2003)

ROBERT
BURKE


Performer • Composer
Educator • Researcher

"What makes this disc work so well is the sense of restraint or calm at the centre with well-selected eruptions which never reach an extreme."

- Downtown Music Gallery, NY (2017)

 “This is a groundbreaking collection — complex and adventurous. 4.5★ ”

- J. McBeath, The Australian (2015)

“A stunning jazz album that identifies Melbourne as a significant contributor of talent and inventive and pioneering jazz on the world stage. Beautifully recorded and presented … This record is a collaboration of some of the most influential protagonists on the Melbourne scene and is undoubtedly a masterpiece.”

– Eddie Naran, Jazz on the Street (2015)

“Variations of tempo and mood and a seemingly telepathic ability to complement each other make for stimulating listening.”

- Music Australia Guide (2010)

“…carefully crafted explorations into the melodic beauty, space, timbre and dynamic variations of reeds and piano by players whose long friendship is evident.”

- Roger Mitchell, SHS (2010)

“…an empathetic, melodic and tender album that reflects the saxophonist’s and pianist’s longtime playing partnership.”

- The Daily Planet, ABC Radio National (2010)

“…to die for.”

- Leon Gettler, The Age Green Guide (2010)

"An exciting tour of Melbourne. There are moments where you will get chills down your back. 4.5★ ”

- The Age Green Guide (2005)

"There is a romance in the tracks that comes from an exploration of a stage of jazz which has pleasured many for a long time. While gentle … it is quietly persuasive of all the life, clarity and brilliance to be found in mainstream jazz. Emotional and relaxing.”

- Canberra Times, Canberra (2003)

ABOUT

Rob Burke is an internationally acclaimed performer and composer, Rob has released 12 CD’s under his own name and has composed and performed on a further 300 CD’s.  His sensitive and balanced perspective has allowed Rob to traverse many different styles and this has, in part, been expressed as collaborative performances with international leaders in classical, jazz and experimental music. His embrace of many genres of music and the clear expression of his diversity in his role as an educator, researcher and performer, has given rise to a vibrant dialect that resonates through his students and also his performances. 

Rob has recorded with George Lewis, Dave Douglas, Enrico Rava, Hermeto Pascoal, Kenny Werner, Mark Helias, Ben Monder, Tom Rainey, Tony Malaby, Nasheet Waites, George Garzone, Paul Grabowsky, Tony Gould, Debasis Chackroborty and Paulo Angeli. Rob’s research is mainly focussed on practice-based artistic research, (jazz, improvisation and jazz pedagogy). Publications include co-edited book, Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music (Lexington) and co-written Experimentation in Improvised Jazz: Chasing Ideas (2018 Routledge).

Rob  (Associate Professor) is currently convenor of  Jazz and Popular Studies at Monash University – Melbourne Australia and President of AJIRN (Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network)

His ongoing research focuses on issues relating to how we respond to improvised jazz: artistically, critically and personally. His work includes studying the processes and outcomes of music participation and music listening.

RELEASES

Rob has released 12 CDs under his own name whilst focussing on understanding and articulating what happens in the moment of improvisation from the perspective of practice-based artistic research.

Rob plays in a context of mostly free improvisation (jazz sensibility), investigating ego, agency, indeterminacy and choice having collaborated/recorded with George Lewis, Dave Douglas, Enrico Rava, Hermeto Pascoal, Kenny Werner, Mark Helias, Ben Monder, Tom Rainey, Nasheet Waites, George Garzone, Paul Grabowsky, Tony Gould, Johannes Weidenmueller, Debasis Chackroborty, Paulo Angeli, Tony Malaby and Richie Barshay.

ABOUT

Robert Burke is Co-ordinator of Jazz and Popular Studies at Monash University. An improvising musician, Rob has performed and composed on over 300 CDs and has toured extensively throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, and USA over the last 30 years. He has also released 12 CDs under his own name and has focused on creating research, educational and artistic ties with institutions, researchers and musicians in Italy, USA (New York), Japan and Brazil.

Rob has recorded with George Lewis, Dave Douglas, Enrico Rava, Hermeto Pascoal, Kenny Werner, Mark Helias, Ben Monder, Tom Rainey, Tony Malaby, Nasheet Waites, George Garzone, Paul Grabowsky, Tony Gould, Debasis Chackroborty and Paulo Angeli. Rob’s research is mainly focussed on practice-based artistic research, (jazz, improvisation and jazz pedagogy). Publications include co-edited book, Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music (Lexington) and currently co-writing (published later in 2018 Routledge) Experimentation in Jazz: Chasing Ideas.

RELEASES

Rob has released 12 CDs under his own name whilst focussing on understanding and articulating what happens in the moment of improvisation from the perspective of practice-based artistic research.

Rob plays in a context of mostly free improvisation (jazz sensibility), investigating ego, agency, indeterminacy and choice having collaborated/recorded with George Lewis, Dave Douglas, Enrico Rava, Hermeto Pascoal, Kenny Werner, Mark Helias, Ben Monder, Tom Rainey, Nasheet Waites, George Garzone, Paul Grabowsky, Tony Gould, Johannes Weidenmueller, Debasis Chackroborty, Paulo Angeli, Tony Malaby and Richie Barshay.

LATEST RELEASE

SLIP SLIDING

Slip Sliding takes the listener on musical ride aiming to evoke emotions and discussion about what is good, bad, different, indifferent, familiar, unfamiliar, beauty and the unexplainable.

This experimental project includes compositions by Rob Burke and group improvisations that are intensely expressive. This performance traverses’ composition and improvisation with an underlying investigation into distortion. ‘Check out’ Ben Monder’s use of varied and dense distortion and how Rob Burke interacts with his manipulation of harmonics in the sound; ideas that are infused with the unique creativity of Tom Rainey. The distortion is further manifested with the post-editing of Ben Grayson: adding sounds and changing the soundscape of many of the tracks.

Recorded in Brooklyn, New York and mixed in Italy, Slip Sliding is a daring, instinctive and organic performance by four renowned musicians.

Recorded in Brooklyn, New York and mixed in Italy, Slip Sliding is a daring, instinctive and organic performance by four renowned musicians.

 

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