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7 August 2013

Freedman Fellowship to Marc Hannaford

Marc Hannaford at Monday night's Freedman concert Image: Marc Hannaford at Monday night's Freedman concert  
© Keith Saunders

The 2013 Music Council of Australia Freedman Fellowship for Jazz has been awarded to the Melbourne-based pianist Marc Hannaford. The announcement was made on Monday after a concert featuring the four finalists for this year's Fellowship (Hannaford, Rajiv Jayaweera, Aaron Flower and Jeremy Rose) with their ensembles.

Known as one of the most exciting improvising pianists in Australia, Marc Hannaford combines elements of the American and Australian jazz traditions, South Indian classical music and flamenco in his multi-faceted, energetic music. The pianist has released four CDs under his own name, and his work has been recognised with many awards and nominations. Hannaford intends to use the prize money ($15,000) to rehearse, record and perform in New York with the Australian trumpeter Scott Tinkler, saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and drummer Tom Rainery.

The judges for 2013, Andrew Robson, Tim Firth and Alister Spence, were unanimous in awarding the Fellowship to Hannaford. 'His virtuosity, musicality and artistic concept were integrated in a captivating performance', they commented.

Further links

'Versatile and unpredictable Hannaford bridges gaps between jazz styles' - John Shand's review of the Freedman concert (The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 August 2013)
Marc Hannaford - homepage (www.marchannaford.com)

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