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Mace Francis : Associate Artist

Melody, texture, density, groove and humour are the elements that drive Mace's compositional process.

Random Audio Sample: A study of stationary (big band with soloist) by Mace Francis, from the CD Music for average photography

Photo of Mace Francis


Artist website: http://www.macefrancis.com

Mace Francis is establishing himself as predominant figure and advocate for original Australian big band music. He moved from Victoria to Perth in 2000 to study jazz composition and arranging under Graham Lyall. He graduated from the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with First Class Honours (in 2004) and, in 2015, with a PhD specializing in site-specific composition, for which he was awarded the Faculty Research Medal.

Since 2004 Mace's focus on composition has awarded him the 2004 APRA Professional Development Award and the international Italian composition prize Scrivere in Jazz/ He was a finalist in the 2010 Freedman Jazz Fellowship and the 2015 winner of the APRA AMCOS Art Music Award: Jazz Work of the Year.

In 2005, Mace formed the Mace Francis Orchestra (MFO) which has recorded six CDs, toured nationally four times and performed with several international artists, including Jim Pugh (USA), John Hollenbeck (NY), Satoko Fujii (JAP) and Ed Partyka (Austria).

In 2008 Mace was appointed Lecturer in Arranging and Composition at WAAPA as well as the Artistic Director of the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) where he has implemented emerging composer commissions, the Young Women in Jazz Workshops and an international guest artist program.

Since 2013 Mace has been working as a guest composer and conductor with l'Orchestre des Jeunes Jazzmen de Bourgogne in France, the Graz Composers Ensemble in Austria and the Showa University of Music Big Band in Japan.

Mace Francis — current to July 2016

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2022 Art Music Awards: Luminary Award - State/Territory Award Winner: Western Australia Work as artistic director, composer and band leader
2015 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Jazz Winner Music for Average Photography