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Jumeirah Jane : concert band

by Katy Abbott Kvasnica (2008)

Jumeirah jane



Score & Part

Jumeirah jane : band / Katy Abbott

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Work Overview

The term Jumeirah Jane is a colloquial Dubai description of an expatriate women who accompanies her husband to Dubai and lives the high life in the lovely beach suburb of Jumeirah. In the intial stereotype, a JJ spends her days at the gym, cafe and ferrying her children to soccer and ballet lessons in between pedicures and organising her multiple staff. Further research on chat-sites (which can be quite heated and opinionated) suggests a JJ lives in Dubai with no understanding of her cultural environment nor inclination to learn.

This piece is a response to my initial observations of such women following my own move to Dubai and a cheeky play at seeing them strutt their stuff and demonstrate their superiority complex over people from other cultures who live in Dubai to support their family back home. Perhaps I was also a little fearful of being seen as a Jumeirah Jane myself - because really, pedicures are lovely, I love my coffee and I ferry my kids around. Perhaps I will have to learn how to only buy designer clothes and stop work to strutt my stuff at the shopping mall!

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: Concert band.

Duration: 3 min.

Dedication note: Dedicated to my god-daughter Issy-Belle in the knowledge that she will not become a Jumeirah Jane of Sydney!

Commission note: Commissioned by Reed Music with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.

First performance: by Grainger Wind Symphony at Grainger Wind Symphony (Melba Hall) on 20 Jun 2009

Performances of this work

27 Oct 2013: at Made in Melbourne (Richmond Town Hall). Featuring Grainger Wind Symphony, Roland Yeung.

20 Jun 2009: at Grainger Wind Symphony (Melba Hall). Featuring Grainger Wind Symphony.

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