adam starr
Jazz Composition Forum

My post-graduate degrees in composition have resulted in a large number of diverse compositions, almost all of which could be placed under the broad label ‘Jazz’. My old composition teacher at the Royal College of Music, Jo Horovitz, gave me some very important feedback: “Write more notes! ”

What he didn't mean was that I should try and pack more notes into the bars. He meant that I needed to learn through the experience of having different pieces performed by different musicians. He wanted me to see and hear for myself the difference between orchestral instruments and their virtual counterparts.

I am still in the process of following his direction, and along the way have learned a great deal about instruments, instrumentalists, music and of course, myself.

If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are either a composer, know a composer or have an interest in composition. I invite you to learn with me. I run a Jazz Composition Forum that features a house ensemble comprising of musicians who also compose. The Forum will consist of two sets, the first of which will feature new works by the ensemble members. The second set will feature new works by composers, young and old, experienced and less so.

I am hoping that you will submit your work for consideration to be performed at the Jazz Composition Forum. All compositions that we DO perform in the second set will submitted to the Australian Real Book for consideration. Even though I can't promise your piece will get performed, I promise I will get back to you as fast as I can.

Details are below:

Sunday October 12

9:00pm - 11:00pm

Bennetts Lane Jazz Club


Saxophone: Anton Delecca

Piano: Anthony Schulz

Guitar: Adam Starr

Bass: Simon Starr

Drums: Dave Beck

You can submit either a lead-sheet or an arrangement, in either .pdf or .sib (sibelius chart) format. I will accept submitted compositions for consideration up until 5pm on Friday, 26 September. I am looking forward to checking out your work. Bear in mind that we will have a limited amount of time to look at the material beforehand…