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Rob Burke : Associate Artist


Robert Burke (Associate Professor - PhD, Monash University)

Robert Burke was the instigator and has been the coordinator of Jazz and Popular Studies at Monash since 2002. In 2011 - 2014, Rob was Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Robert Burke has enjoyed a diverse and wide-ranging career as a performer, composer and educator in music. Although classically trained on the clarinet and saxophones, 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 on and contributed compositions to over 200 CDs by groups ranging from pop acts 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 performed/recorded with many international jazz artists including Kenny Werner, Mark Helias, Nasheet Waits, Tom Rainey, Tony Malaby, Dave Douglas, George Lewis, Red Rodney, John Abercrombie, Paul McCandless (Oregon), George Garzone, Richie Barshay, Johannes Weidenmueller (USA), Lula Galvao, Roberta Valente, Hermeto Pascoal (Brazil), Mirko Guerrini, Enrico Rava (Italy), Debasis Chakroborty (India) and Qmars Piraglu (Iran), Raymond MacDonald (UK)

Rob has also toured extensively through Asia, Europe, the United States and locally, including as leader of his own projects. He has studied under influential and pioneering jazz musicians including the likes of Dave Liebman, George Garzone and George Coleman in New York.

Rob initiated (2015) and is currently president of the Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network (AJIRN). He has convened 3 conferences: AJIRN conferences in 2016 (University of Melbourne and Monash) and 2017 (Monash, in association with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival) and the Perspecives in Artistic Research in Music symposium at Monash (2015).

Rob's research focus is in Practice-Based Artistic Research - for more details, see his profile on the Monash website. He is currently co-writing a book Idea Chasing: Ego and Agency in Jazz with Dr Andrys Onsman for publication later in 2018.


Rob Burke — current to March 2018