ABOUT ROB

"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

"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

"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)

Associate Professor Robert Burke

PhD (perf), MMus (perf), BMus, AmusA, Cert in Tertiary Education

Download Robert Burke CV 2018 (PDF)

Robert Burke is Convenor of Jazz and Popular Studies at Monash University. (He was head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music from 2011 – 2014). An internationally acclaimed improvising 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 also embarked on numerous musical sojourns within Australia and overseas and has established research, educational and artistic ties with institutions, researchers and musicians in Italy, USA (New York), Japan and Brazil. Collaborators include: Professor George Lewis, Columbia University – NYC; Professor Raymond MacDonald, Edinburgh University; Dave Douglas, USA; Enrico Rava, ITL; Hermeto Pascoal, Brazil; Kenny Werner, USA; Mark Helias, USA; Ben Monder, USA; Tom Rainey, USA; Tony Malaby, USA; Nasheet Waites, USA; George Garzone, USA; Paul Grabowsky; Tony Gould; Debasis Chakraborty, India; and Paulo Angeli (Italy).

His background as a classically educated musician also enables him to traverse many musical genres and he is in a unique position to speak to students and colleagues about their requirements/concerns and provide balanced outcomes. 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.

Identifying a need for the facilitation of a research group in the Oceanic area, Rob instigated and is currently the president of the Australian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network (AJIRN). The focus of AJIRN is the interdisciplinary study of jazz and improvisation in Australia and New Zealand through the presentation of an annual conference.

Robert Burke has also enjoyed a diverse and wide-ranging career as a performer, composer and educator in music. His main focus as a performer has been in jazz and popular music, including eight years performing and composing with Kate Ceberano (including a top-ten Australian hit) and fifteen years with ARIA award-winning band The Black Sorrows. Rob has performed, recorded with and contributed compositions with pop  and jazz artists such as John Farnham, Ice House, Real Life, Vika and Linda Bull, to contemporary jazz projects with leading artists including Tony Gould, Tony Floyd, Doug De Vries, Slava Gregorian, Geoff Hughes, Nick Haywood, Stephen Magnusson, Don Burrows, Tony Floyd and Mike Nock.

Rob has convened the AJIRN conference 2016-2018 and Perspecives in Artistic Research in Music (Monash) 2015.

CD Releases

A list of Rob’s releases can be found at Monash University’s website.

Rob, a Jazzhead recording artist, has released 12 Cds under his own name or leader of the ensembles. (over 200) Recently, Rob released a duet album with Tony Gould titled Here(Jazzhead 2009), the third in a series of such collaborations and a quartet album Live at Bennetts Lane – Jazzhead (2011). In 2014 recorded a CD in New York titled Do True with pianist Kenny Werner, bassist – Johannes Weidenmueller and drummer – Richie Barshay (USA). In 2015 (again recorded in New York)  The Power of the Idea was recorded and released with bassist Mark Helias, drummer – Nasheet Waits (USA), pianist – Paul Grabowsky, trumpeter Paul Williamson and trombonist Jordan Murray.

Recent recordings  (for release):

  1.  George Lewis, Mark Helias and Paul Grabowsky recorded in July  2015 – New York (released 2017 – FMR records – UK)
  2.  Debasis Chakroborty (India), Sam Evans and Steve Magnusson  (June 2015) – Melbourne (released 2018 – Jazzhead)
  3. Mark Helias, Nasheet Waits, Paul Grabowsky, Jordan Murray, Paul Williamson (September) – Melbourne (to be released 2019)
  4. Ray Anderson (USA), Paul Grabowsky, Jordan Murray, Paul Williamson, Eric McPherson (USA), Dan Peck (USA) recorded in July  2015 – New York (to be released 2019).
  5. Ben Monder (USA), Tom Rainey (USA) Ben Grayson – Electronic editing (AUS) recording in July  2016 – New York (to be released 2019)
  6. Rob Burke and Tony Goud Quartet – with Nick Haywood and Tony Floyd. Recordings 2014 – 2016. (to be released 2019 – Jazzhead)
  7. Gravity – with Paul Grabowsky (recorded 2017 – Tokyo) released  2018 at the Tokyo Jazz Festival – September (Apollo Records – Japan)
 

 

Grants, Commissions and Prizes

  • 2018 – 2022 Jazz Postgraduate Scholarship (Research Group – Jazz) $120,000
  • 2018 – Australia Council of the Arts $29,000
  • 2018 – Saltzer Foundation $20,000
  • 2017 – Stonnington Arts and Culture Grant $10,000
  • 2016 Australia Cultural Grant (DFAT) $45,000
  • 2016 Australia-Japan Foundation Grant (DFAT) $15,000
  • 2016 Stonnington Arts Grant $10,000
  • 2016 The Age – Music awards (nomination) Nock and Gould (Monash Sessions)
  • 2015 Australia Council for the Arts Grant $13,000
  • 2015 Bell Award – MAE – Monash Art Ensemble
  • 2014 ARIA nomination – Vince Jones (producer)
  • 2014 Victoria Arts Grant $6,000
  • 2014 Bell Award – MAE – Monash Art Ensemble
  • 2013 Australia Council for the Arts Grant $5,000
  • 2011 COALAR Grant (Brazil) $18,000
  • 2009 COALAR Grant (Brazil) $18,000
  • 2008 Nominated for best composition APRA
  • 2006 Nominated for best composition MADC
  • 2004 Australia Council for the Arts Grant $6,000
  • 2001 Australia Council for the Arts Grant $3,000
  • 1999 Victoria Arts Grant
  • 1998 Aria award – Black Sorrows
  • 1988 Aria Award – Kate Ceberano

Research

  • Performance – Saxophone – Flute – Clarinet (CD Recordings and Performances)
  • Practice-Based Artistic Research in Music Performance (Jazz and improvisation)
  • Jazz and World Music Pedagogy (Oxford Handbook of Education)

Rob’s research focus is in Practice-Based Artistic Research. A practising musician, Rob is currently co-writing a book on Practice-Based Artistic Research (Idea Chasing: Ego and  Agency in Free Jazz)  with Dr Andrys Onsman. Rob initiatedAJIRN (Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network) and convened its first conference in November 2016 and in 2017 in association with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Rob is  also a member of the MSAsteering group for ARiM (Artistic Research in Music) also convening  2-day symposium in Artistic research in Music in 2015.

 

Books

  • Onsman, A & Burke, R Experimentation in Improvised Jazz: Chasing Ideas. Routledge. Oct  2018
  • Burke, R & Onsman, A.  (Editors) Perspectives of Artistic Research in Music. Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Jan 2017

 

Book Chapters

  • Burke, R. Analysing pre-learnt and idiosyncratic elements in jazz performance, in Artistic Research in Jazz. (forthcoming -Routledge 2019)
  • Burke, R.L., Evans, S.J.N., Pathways to learning and teaching indigenous and world music ensembles, in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1, eds Gary E McPherson and Graham F Welch, Oxford University Press, New York, USA, (2012) Vol. 3, p. 347-363 (Oxford Handbook of Education)
  • Burke, R & Onsman, A.  Perspectives of Artistic Research in Music. Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Chapter 1. January 2017
  • Onsman, A & Burke, R  .  Perspectives of Artistic Research in Music. Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Chapter 15. January 2017
  • Burke, R.L., Evans, S.J.N., 2012, Pathways to learning and teaching indigenous and world music ensembles, in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1, eds Gary E McPherson and Graham F Welch, Oxford University Press, New York, USA, pp. 890-906.

 

Conference Proceedings: Recent

  • Burke, R (2018) The Broader Community: Transferable Knowledge in Jazz – Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Network Conference (Melbourne – MIJF)
  • Burke, R (2017)  Mapping Agency – Sydney Conservatorium – Conference – Artistic Research
  • Burke, R (2017)  Mapping Agency in an improvisational setting – Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Network Conference (Melbourne – MIJF)
  • Burke, R (2016) Discordant methodologies: prioritising performance in artistic research in music – Conference in Artistic Research Prague
  • Burke, R (2016) Exceeding My Reach: ‘Inside’ the Unfamiliar. Rhythm Changes Birmingham UK
  • Burke, R (2015).  DDCA – (Directors and Deans of Creative Arts) Conference – Sept 2015
  • Burke, R. & Onsman, (2015) A ‘The use of artistic research in music to develop expertise and creativity (in improvised jazz performance)
  • Burke, R. (2014) Analysis and observations of pre‐learnt and idiosyncratic elements in improvisation: a reflective study in jazz performance (IAML – International Association of Libraries, Archives and Documentation centres Australia)
  • Burke, R. (2014) Analysis and observations of pre‐learnt and idiosyncratic elements in improvisation: a reflective study in jazz performance. Rhythm Changes-Jazz beyond Borders -Amsterdam

 

Teaching

Rob has had extensive teaching experience giving workshops locally and internationally. In 2000 Rob was invited to conduct improvisation classes at Monash University’s School of Music. Rob subsequently developed an autonomous jazz course for the School of Music and in 2003, was appointed Coordinator of Jazz and Popular Studies. This jazz course is now regarded as the leading course for jazz education in Australia, offering both comprehensive practical training and strong academic qualifications, and providing students with exceptional learning and performance opportunities in Australia, Italy and the United States (New York).

Rob Burke has developed instigated and developed curriculum and pathways for:

  • Jazz and Popular Studies – Curriculum (2002 – present)
  • International Units in Prato Italy and New York (USA) (2007 – present)
  • An integrated Aural Training (Classical and Jazz and Popular Music 2006 – 2010)
  • Creative Music Technology (2014 – present)
  • Popular Voice (2016 – present)

Since 2007 Rob has focused on creating cultural and educational ties between Monash University in Australia and Brazil, by creating links with Unicamp University in Campinas and consulting with Brazilian funding agencies and other universities.

Rob has been artist-in-residence at Universidade Estadual de Campinas – Unicamp (Campinas), Musica de Scuola de Brasilia (Brasilia), Souza de Lima School of Music (Sao Paulo), New York University, Lulea University of Technology (Sweden), Huddersfield University (UK), Australian Embassy of Japan  etc.

 

Leadership

  • Coordinator of Jazz studies  at Monash University 2002 – current
  • Head of The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music 2011 – 2014
  • Deputy Head of The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music 2009 – 2010

Rob has also built links with New York University (USA)(2010 present) – (both educational and research), Universidade Estadual de Campinas – Unicamp  Lulea University of Technology (Sweden) and is curently focussed on links with the Japanese music industry (NHK) and India (see CD resleases)

Rob is also leading efforts to build philanthropic support for the School of Music at Monash University, with a view to expanding the facilities, scholarships and resources available to students.

During his 4 years of leadership for the School of Music, Rob oversaw a $1,000,000 (2011) deficit to profit in 2013 and 2014.

Rob Burke has developed curriculum and pathways for:

  • Jazz and Popular Studies – Curriculum (2002 – present)
  • International Units in Prato Italy and New York (USA) (2007 – present)
  • An integrated Aural Training (Classical and Jazz and Popular Music 2006 – 2010)
  • Creative Music Technology (2014 – present)
  • Popular Voice (2016 – present)

Rob is currently a reviewer for TEQSA having assessed many music courses within Australia.

Robert Burke on JazzHead: http://www.jazzhead.com/cms-artists/rob-burke.phps.

Rob is sponsored by R S Berkeley

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