Three

6th December 2015, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium

Ensemble Three
Joel Brennan (trumpet)
Don Immel (trombone)
Ken Murray (guitar)

Katy Abbott
‘Lullaby’ from Midnight Songs

Julian Yu
Chinese Folksongs

Joaquín Rodrigo
Aranjuez, ma pensée

Tango Suite
‘Libertango’ (Astor Piazzolla, arr. Ken Murray)
‘Oblivion’ (Astor Piazzolla, arr. Don Immel)
‘Last Dance’ (Don Immel)

Brazilian Suite
‘The Dentist (Homage to Guinga)’ (Ken Murray)
‘Choro pro Zé’ (Guinga)
De Menor (Guinga)

Tom Zé (arr. Ken Murray)
Ma 

Three is a unique Australian chamber ensemble that explores a variety of musical styles including experimental, traditional, and popular music from Australia and around the world. Comprising trumpet, trombone, and guitar, the ensemble has presented numerous dynamic performances in Australia and abroad that utilize three timbral modes: acoustic, pre-recorded electronic soundscapes, and live electronic sound manipulation. Three’s first album Midnight Songs, will soon be released by Tall Poppies Records.

Joel Brennan (trumpet) has performed as a soloist and orchestral musician throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Prior to his current appointment as Lecturer in Brass at the University of Melbourne, Joel taught at Brandon University (Canada) and served as principal trumpet of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra (Japan) and Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (the Netherlands). His interest in advancing the trumpet repertoire has lead to numerous projects including a Fulbright Grant (Netherlands, 2007) and the establishment of the Reveille Trumpet Collective. He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Yale University (USA).

Don Immel (trombone) is active as an international soloist, chamber, jazz and orchestral musician. Prior to joining the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music as Head of Brass and Orchestral Studies, Don held posts as Solo/Principal Trombone with the Danish Philharmonic (Denmark) and Honolulu Symphony (USA) Orchestras. From 1999 to 2006 he was Associate Professor of Trombone and Jazz Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. Don has recorded two jazz-based albums featuring his own compositions, is a featured performer on The Essential Rochut (Belle Records) project, and can be heard on dozens of movie and television soundtracks.

Ken Murray (guitar) has developed a singular career as a guitarist combining performance, composition, teaching and research. He has championed and recorded Spanish music from the early twentieth century, worked extensively with contemporary Australian composers and has been active as a performer of Brazilian and South American musical styles. He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne, where he is Lecturer in Guitar at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. His PhD thesis is titled Spanish Music and its Representations in London (1878-1930): From the Exotic to the Modern.