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Adam Simmons redefines the term ‘multi-instrumentalist’, stretching the boundaries of modern composition and infusing a sense of childlike wonder and playfulness into musical art forms better known for their gravitas. An award-winning and world-renowned musician, he has a reputation as one of Australia's most prolific and eclectic musical artists, appearing on festival stages and recordings with some of the world’s finest classical and jazz musicians. He was recently named co-artistic director for the 2017 Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival and participated in major European jazz festivals, where he helped facilitate new performance opportunities for Australian musicians.

Entertainment Assist and the Victoria University

Alan Harvey is Winthrop Professor of Neuroscience at the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, University of Western Australia. He was born in London, UK. He has BA and MA from the University of Cambridge, PhD in visual neurophysiology from the Australian National University, Canberra. After time in the USA and at Flinders University in Adelaide, Alan Harvey came to UWA in 1984 and was promoted to Professor in 2001. As well as his active research in a broad range of topics including methods of repairing the central nervous system and caring for Alzheimer's disease, he has an interest in the evolution and neuroscience of music and is beginning to publish in that field (UWA staff profile accessed March 2014).

Alex Masso manages MCA's Music in Communities Network. He is a Sydney-based drummer, educator, advocate and managed the events program at Wollongong Conservatorium of Music before joining MCA in 2012. Alex plays with The Vampires, Slide Albatross, Kinetic Jazz Orchestra, The Splinter Orchestra, and others.

University of Melbourne

Alexandra Wake is the Program Manager, Journalism, RMIT University. Before becoming an academic, Alexandra Wake was a senior journalist and trainer with the ABC in the 1990s. To maintain her industry skills as a journalist while working as an academic, Alex worked as a freelance journalist in the ABC’s international division between 2008-2015

Pianist and composer Alister Spence is acknowledged as a significant contributor In contemporary original jazz and improvised music in Australia.

The Alister Spence Trio with Lloyd Swanton (the Necks) and Toby Hall (ex Mike Nock trio) has enjoyed critical acclaim both nationally and internationally, being nominated twice for Best Australian Jazz Album at the ARIA Awards (2004/2007). The trio’s most recent CD, Not Everything but Enough was voted in ‘Top 10 Jazz Albums 2017’ in Music Magazine, Japan, and also received an ‘Honorary Mention, Best of 2017’ in the New York City Jazz Record.

He is a founding member of Clarion Fracture Zone, Wanderlust and The Australian Art Orchestra.

Alister has toured extensively over the last 25 years, performing at major festivals and clubs in Australia, and also in countries such as U.S.A., Canada, Japan, U.K, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, France, Italy, Spain, Finland, Russia, India, China and Taiwan.

Since 2008 Alister has toured and recorded with fellow pianist/composer Satoko Fujii. He has performed and recorded duo projects since 2009 with Scottish sax player Raymond MacDonald (Stepping Between the Shadows, Rufus Records, 2012). Everything Here is Possible, recorded with US pianist Myra Melford, was awarded an APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award for ‘Excellence in Jazz’ in 2014). In 2014 Sensaround (Spence, MacDonald, Ahmad) launched their electro-acoustic trio and released Isotropes: followed up byTravelogue in 2016. In 2015 Alister released Begin with Joe Wlliamson and Christopher Cantillo (double bass and drums, Sweden). Begin was nominated for an APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award 2015.

Alister Spence in a Lecturer in Music at the University of New South Wales.

Andrea Keller was born of Czech parents. A pianist and composer, Andrea grew up in Sydney, attending the Conservatorium of Music High School. Since moving to Melbourne in 1993 where she attended the Victorian College of the Arts studying improvisation, she has been dedicated to the performance and creation of contemporary, original jazz and improvised music. Her work has been recognised through three ARIA Awards, four Australian Jazz Bell Awards, an Art Music Award, and fellowships from the Freedman Foundation and the Australia Council. She is the mother of three children and a sessional staff member at the University of Melbourne’s faculty of VCA and MCM, Melbourne Polytechnic and Monash University.

Melbourne-born musician Andrew Byrne has lived in New York for more than two decades. He is Carnegie Hall's Director, Festivals and Special Projects. As a composer and an arts programmer at Carnegie Hall, he has a unique perspective on the arts scene in the city. His letters from New York Letters are published monthly on the Knowledge Base. See archive at New York Letters for details.

School of English, Media and Performing Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Andrew Snell was born in Taunton, Somerset, and started playing trombone at the age of 10. After completing tertiary study he was offered the position of Bass Trombone with the world-renowned Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Leaving Grimethorpe in 2002, after 11 years as a member, Andrew emigrated to New Zealand where he was engaged as Musical Director with Waitakere City ‘Trusts’ Brass. Since leaving NZ for Australia in 2004 he has worked as Lecturer in Brass and Musicianship at Charles Darwin University, Orchestra Manager for the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and as Chief Executive Officer of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music. In October 2013 he took up the position of Managing Director of Victorian Opera. Andrew is also currently Musical Director of Darebin City Brass - Preston Band.

Prof Andy Arthurs, Queensland University of Technology.

Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Canberra. Specialising in how neuroscience offers a better understanding of the human brain's structures and functions, focusing on music education.

President, Kuringgai Community Orchestra.

Director of Music, Melbourne High School; private studio teacher

Anthony Brandt is Associate Professor of Composing and Theory and Chair of Composition at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston, Texas.

Anthony Linden Jones composes concert pieces, film scores, songs, music for theatre and dance, and electronic works. He has written works for solo instruments up to full orchestra and written songs in many genres. As a performer, he covers broad range of genres on violin, voice, guitar, double bass, keyboards and percussion. Anthony is a coordinator of the Hawkesbury National Fiddle Festival, and formed the Fiddlefest String Quartet. He conducts the Chorella a cappella choir, based in the Hawkesbury region on the northwest fringe of Sydney, with an interest in Renaissance, folk and gospel music. He also directs world music vocal ensembles.

National President, Australian Society for Music Education

Art Phillips is a music composer, guitarist, record producer, arranger, orchestrator and musical director - and delivers original music with a distinctive approach to enhance the stories you want to tell.

Art is also owner and director of 101 Music Pty Ltd - a creative production music label.

Asher Christophers is a passionate musician & environmentalist, who runs (eco CD packaging & printing). Asher is also a LED lighting specialist for (energy solutions) & co-founder of - a NPO founded to make the music industry more sustainable.

Associate Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet is Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre and Deputy Director (Research) at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Australia. She has worked on a range of national and international projects in community music, arts-based service learning with Australian First Peoples, intercultural community arts, and arts programs in prison. Many of these projects have been realised in partnership with a wide range of NGOs, arts and community organizations, and colleagues across Australia and the Asia Pacific. She has worked on four successive ARC Linkage projects, led a major OLT Innovation and Development project, secured over a million dollars in research funding, and produced well over a 100 research outputs. In 2014 she was awarded the Australian University Teacher of the Year. She was the Co-Chair of the International Society for Music Education’s Community Music Activities Commission, co-founder of the Asia Pacific Community Music Network, and serves on the Board of Music Australia. She is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Community Music and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Music Education – Practice. As a community music facilitator she has conducted bands, orchestras, choirs, and jazz ensembles from Australia, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan. To view her latest work, visit:

Commonwealth’s arts funding and policy advisory authority.

Barney McAll is a Grammy nominated, ARIA winning pianist and composer. Barney lived in NYC from 1994- 2015 and has toured or recorded with Gary Bartz, Fred Wesley, Billy Harper, Dewey Redman, Josh Roseman, Peter Apfelbaum, Maceo Parker, Vernel Fournier, Jimmy Cobb and Kurt Rosenwinkel.  He won the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer Residency in 2015. Barney also worked as musical director for international sensation Sia Furler. Barney has twelve solo albums and has appeared on over one hundred albums as a sideman. He has also written scores for numerous award winning political documentaries. Barney's best and most beautiful musical works however, are the two children he wrote with his wife.

Belinda Webster OAM is the founder of Tall Poppies Records which has issued almost 250 CDs in its twenty-six year history. She functions as recording producer and engineer, and designer. She lives in Kangaroo Valley in NSW, Australia, and has been Artistic Director of Arts in the Valley, the biennial arts festival, for the last 10 years. She has presented her photographs in nine exhibitions. She has also made several short art films.In 2012 she gave a course called “How to be a Music Producer” as part of the Music & Technology course at the School of Music at the Australian National University.

Benjamin Northey is Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor in Residence of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.  A graduate of the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Finland’s Sibelius Academy, he is a regular guest conductor with orchestras and opera companies in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Dandenong Ranges Music Council.

Brad Haseman is Professor and Assistant Dean (Academic) for the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. Previous positions include Assistant Dean (Research), 2006 to 2011, and Head of Postgraduate Research Studies, 2001 to 2005. He also served as Head of Drama in the Academy of the Arts from 2004-2007.

Brianna Roberts is the Media Manager at the Australia Council for the Arts

Dr Brydie-Leigh Bartleet is a Senior Lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. She is Deputy Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, convenor of the Music and Communities Strand and convenor of the Bachelor of Music Honours Program. Her current research includes an Australia Research Council funded project Captive Audiences (2012-2013), which explores performing arts rehabilitation programs in prisons. Prior to this she worked on the Australia Research Council funded project Sound Links (2007-2008), which was one of the largest studies into community music in Australia. She is also Project Leader of an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching funded project Enhancing Indigenous Content in Performing Arts Curricula Through Service Learning with Indigenous Communities (2011-2013), which focuses on community service learning with universities and Indigenous communities. Recently she was awarded a Visiting Fellowship from the University of Cambridge to work on a new Commonwealth intercultural arts project in 2013. In recent years she has secured over half a million dollars worth of competitive grants, and has over 90 publications on topics such as community music, intercultural arts projects, service learning, conducting practice and music autoethnography. Dr Bartleet also serves on a range of international and national boards, including the International Society for Music Education’s Community Music Activities Commission, the Board of the Music Council of Australia (MCA), the editorial board for the International Journal of Music Education — Practice and the International Journal of Community Music, and the Asia Pacific Community Music Network to mention a few. As a community music facilitator Dr Bartleet has conducted bands, orchestras, choirs, and jazz ensembles from Australia, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan.

Carolina is an experienced project manager specialising in the arts, culture and community development sectors. She has held a number of positions in a wide range of government and not-for-profit organisations, including Musica Viva, Sydney Latin American Film Festival, Sydney Story Factory, and the Ministry of Culture of her native Colombia. Carolina is the Arts and Culture Coordinator at Settlement Services International, a state-wide organisation that provides services in the areas of humanitarian settlement and asylum seeker assistance in NSW.

Carolina holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Salamanca University (Spain) and a Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of South Australia.

Catherine Lyons is Chair of the School Music Action Group in Victoria.

Catherine Strong has a PhD in Sociology from the Australian National University Her thesis looked at grunge music and collective memory, and has since been published as Grunge: Music and Memory with Ashgate (2011). She has published on the gendered aspects of popular culture, and has also done research on the women's movement in Australia. Her current research is on cultural memory and gender in Australian popular music. She is currently the Chair of the Australia-New Zealand branch of IASPM. Her most recent book is the edited collection Death and the Rock Star (with Barbara Lebrun, Ashgate 2015.).

Celia Craig is the Principal Oboe of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Past President of the Australian Double Reed Society and Lecturer in Oboe at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide. She often performs as guest artist in other major Australian symphony orchestras. Before moving to Australia with her family in 2006 she was Principal Cor Anglais of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and performed regularly as guest principal with most UK symphony orchestras.

Board member DRMC, journalist AAP.

Chris Bonnor is a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development.

Chris Bowen is the CEO of Music Australia

Chris Cody is a pianist and composer who has performed and recorded extensively around the world for the last 30 years while based in France. He has headlined at many international festivals and a vast array of concert venues throughout the USA, Europe, Africa and Australasia. He has worked with musicians including Roy Hargrove, Herb Geller, Sunny Murray, Carla Bruni, Michel Jonaz, Marcel Azzola, Tina Arena, Annie Whitehead, Rhoda Scott, Rick Margitza, and Jason Marsalis.

He has released eleven CDs of his music on international labels and collaborated on over thirty other international albums. He has written for theatre, dance, cinema, radio and TV.

His latest work Astrolabe, a jazz suite for 12 instruments was released in March 2020.

Simpsons Solicitors, Sydney.

Christopher Nicholls is the CEO of the Symphony For Life Foundation, which has the purpose of establishing El Sistema programs nationally in Australia. As of October 2016 it is working towards establishing its first programs, in Sydney’s western suburbs.

Entertainment Assist and the Victoria University

Education Editor, The Conversation

Internationally acclaimed percussion soloist, chamber musician and artistic director of Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes has been described by the press as a ‘sorceress of percussion performing with ‘spellbinding intensity’ and ‘graceful virtuosity’. Her award-winning performances combine a theatrical energy with charismatic and original interpretations bringing to life the varied array of music she performs. Claire is the only Australian musician to win the ‘APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual’ three times (2016, 2012, 2007), was the recipient of a recent Australia Council and a Freedman Fellowship and the winner of numerous European (resident there for seven years) instrumental and percussion competitions as well as 1999 Australian Young Performer of the Year. Recently appearing as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Myer Music Bowl and on Play School to an audience of thousands of children, Claire is passionate about percussion and new sounds being widely disseminated.