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Joel Brennan Contemporary Masters Award

Contemporary Masters Award February to June 2017
Awarded to the members of “Three”

Melbourne Recital Centre is pleased to announce the February to June 2017 Contemporary Masters Award has been awarded to Three. The members of Three (Joel Brennan on trumpet/flugelhorn, Don Immel on trombone and Ken Murray on guitar), performed their winning interpretation of Voodoo Sonnets by James Ledger on Thursday 23 February 2017 in the Salon.

The award is supported by pianist Stephen McIntyre AM and friends who established the award in honour of Stephen’s birthday. It enables Melbourne Recital Centre to recognise the finest performances of repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Contemporary Masters Performance Award is open to all artists (individuals and ensembles) who perform at Melbourne Recital Centre throughout the year.

Melbourne Recital Centre’s Director of Artistic Planning, Marshall McGuire says: ‘This unique and in many ways unlikely combination captured the imagination and attention of the audience in a most original and compelling way. The combination of gentle swirling sounds and bold interludes in James Ledger’s Voodoo Sonnets, inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Shakespeare, created a suite of sounds that was bold and confident, both in the writing and in this outstanding performance. These three master musicians presented this world premiere performance with confidence, authority, virtuosity and a great sense of ensemble.’

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