2001 Winners

ROXANNE DELLA-BOSCA – Classical Music

Originally from Western Australia, Roxanne now resides in Sydney and works as a freelance composer, pianist and teacher, while pursuing postgraduate research at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Recent commissions include a work for Symphony Australia in the New Voices program hosted by the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, and a music theatre piece (partly funded by Arts WA) in collaboration with writer/journalist Philippa Yelland. Roxanne is also busy writing and performing incidental music for a Sydney Alliance Francaise production directed by Ron Popenhagen. Plans for 2001 include the Australian Composers Orchestral Forum, a major song cycle in the Norwegian language for mezzo-soprano Marit Sehl and a volume of teaching pieces for piano.

Graduating with first class honours in composition from the University of Western Australia, Roxanne’s many awards include the Dorothy Ransom and J. Hodges prizes in composition, and the Ewen Award for leadership. She was a finalist in the 1998 ABC Young Composers’ Competition and the 1999 WA Young Australian of the Year Awards (Arts Category). Such renowned artists as Michael Kieran Harvey, Patricia Pollet, Ivan Vukcevic, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the WASO New Music Ensemble, as well as the UWA Symphony Orchestra have performed her compositions.

Both her compositions and piano playing have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM. As a soloist and accompanist she has premiered over 20 new Australian works. As a teacher, Roxanne has promoted composition as an important creative outlet through her residencies with the Meekatharra School of the Air, The Australian Society for Music Education (WA) and Walliston Primary School, as well as through her employment with Perth Anglican Girls' College, Pickering Brook Primary School, Taverners' Hill Infants School, and in private enterprise.
 

PATRICK GILES – World Music

Perth-based Patrick realised music was his true calling during an eight-month stint as a cocktail bartender at Uluru. He had studied acting at school as well as working with a musician friend on a single that was featured on a compilation CD for independent label Divination Music. He was a WAMI Song Contest finalist in 2000 with “Dub Classic No 1” and a finalist again in 2001 in the Harmony section with “Dreaming of the Sun,” which Patrick wrote in Uluru. “Dreaming of the Sun” went on to win the WAMI Song Contest Electronic section this year.

Influenced by an eclectic blend of styles, Patrick’s aim is to develop a new style of music which when listened to around the world is accessible to all cultures yet still have a flavour which is unmistakably Ausralian. Says Patrick, “I see this as possible if I am given the opportunity to develop my music to truly reflect the multicultural society we live in. This may be achievable by embracing and adopting elements of all the different musical styles celebrated in this country, both traditional and non-traditional forms.”
 

REBECCA MOORE – Rock Music

Central Australia and the Dreaming have infused the rock music writing of Melbourne resident Rebecca Moore. Her debut album is titled The Uluru Concept, and her band utilises both electric and acoustic instruments creating “the sound of travelling space rock melodies with tribal beats and innovative bass.”

In June 2000 Rebecca drove across Australia with her infant son to join a group of performers and travellers collectively known as “Earthdream” in Centra Australia. From there she embarked on a national tour taking in major metropolitan areas as well as towns such as Coober Pedy in South Australia and Cygnet in Tasmania.

Rebecca is highly dedicated to environmental and cultural issues and influences for her music. She concentrates on a dynamic and interesting stage performance including – alongside the music – drama, poetry, storytelling, trapeze and comedy. Healing through self-realisation and celebration is a central message she offers. Rebecca has an honest, inspiring and individual approach. A performer of unique talent and creativity
 

SALLY RUSSELL – Pop/Dance Music

Sally Russell was the main songwriter and founding member (with Lara Meyerratken of Ben Lee band fame) of Sydney pop band Lustre 4. Shimmering guitars and songs of young love were the Lustre 4 trademarks. Songs from their EP Double Happiness gained significant airplay on Triple J and the band played regularly in Sydney and Melbourne.

Throughout her musical career other bands and performers have embraced Sally’s songwriting, her songs appearing on releases by Ben Lee, SPDFGH, Godstar and Via Tania.

A move to Melbourne and many songs later, Sally re-invented her musical style and created New Buffalo. New Buffalo’s debut release was via Ben Lee’s web site by the way of a ‘split-mp3’. “16 Beats” was downloaded by more than 5000 people worldwide The next step in Sally’s musical adventure will be the release of New Buffalo’s About Last Night, an EP through Modular Recordings/EMI.
 

TAMARA STEWART – Country Music

Victorian-born Tamara has already built a strong profile in the Australian country music industry, although her first album, The Way The World Is, has only been released this year. It is four years since her first single, “No Surrender Romeo,” was released, winning her an Australian Songwriters Association Award for Country Song of the Year, and a nomination for New Talent of the Year at the 1998 CMAA Toyota Country Music Awards.

Tamara owned her first guitar at the age of 10, and by 14 was performing live around her home town or Mooroopna. Heading to Sydney when she was 21, she was offered a spot on the legendary Brian Young Show. Young, one of Australia’s last touring bush balladeers, chooses promising young performers each year and puts them through his own unique rite of passage, touring the outback in harsh and sparse conditions. Spending four months on the road, performing in cities, towns and remote Aboriginal communities, was life-changing.

On her return Tamara moved to the country music community of the NSW central coast and met, among others, writer/musician/producer Rod McCormack. From there came a recording deal with ABC Country. Her first single on ABC/EMI was “Way Too Easy,” which reached the top 5 on the country charts. Her latest single is “Both Simple Things.” Both songs were co-written with Rod McCormack and Rick Price. Tamara also co-wrote three songs for Beccy Cole’s album Wild At Heart. Signed to Universal Music Publishing, Tamara’s next step is a songwriting trip to Nashville, and extensive touring around Australia to promote her album.
 

GRANT WINDSOR – Jazz Music

Grant Windsor, a Perth resident, began his studies of music on the flute at age 12 and continued these studies for the next 12 years, during which time he recorded with the National Children’s Wind Orchestra and obtained his A.Mus.A. His studies on the piano began in 1997 at the West Australian Conservatorium of Music in the Bachelor stream. Through his studies Grant was accepted to attend the Jazz Program at the highly acclaimed National Academy of Music in Melbourne where he studied from Tony Gould and Mike Nock. Grant has since recorded with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Jive Express and Hip Mo toast, which has supported Engelbert Humperdinck, Dionne Warwick, Frank Bennet, Grace Knight and Vika and Linda Bull.

Grant has also performed with Frank Foster, Sandy Evans, Randy Brecker, James Morrison, Don Burrows, Rolf Harris, Darryl Somers and Shelly Scown. In the next year Grant will be performing at the Melbourne International Festival with Freddie Grigson’s Bluezone and later will be performing at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in November with K. While performing with these groups Grant has been arranging professionally for the Hip Mo Toast Big Band and for the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, where he was given a commission by Alcoa Mining. Grant has also studied with Steve Williams for three years in the art of conducting and has experience in conducting Orchestral, Wind ensemble and Big Band ensembles. John Forrest Senoir High School is currently setting up a program to incorporate Grant as an Artist in Residence for composition. Grant has just completed his Bachelor of Music (Composition and Arranging) under Graeme Lyall.
 

MICHAEL YEZERSKI

Michael Yezerski graduated from Sydney University in 1997 with First Class Honours in musical composition. He was then awarded a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Music to complete Audio engineering qualifications. In 2001 he graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Screen Composition. He has studied with some of Australia's finest composers including Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Anne Boyd and Edward Primrose.

It is only recently that Michael began scoring for films. He has now written music for nine short films (including four documentaries). Many of these have gone on to major film festivals around the country including Tropfest and St Kilda. Michael was awarded the AFTRS Critics Circle Prize for his score for Customs. He was nominated for an Australian Guild of Screen Composers Award for Scar Stories.

In addition to film scoring Michael has composed original works and music for theatre. He also works as an audio engineer (recently with Jenny Morris), music producer and re-mixer (recently with Moses O'Jah and African Express).


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