Alumnus Brings Standing Ovation to Canberra

Thursday 9 June 2016

Canberra’s much-loved winter celebration of jazz returns to The Street this week, with a bill of renowned Australian and overseas jazz musicians including the legendary Mulatu Astatke, Father of Ethio-Jazz, and ANU Alumnus, composer and pianist Stu Hunter.

Hunter’s composition and performance, the migration, was received by a standing ovation at the Sydney Festival earlier this year. Now, the stage of The Street will be presenting the performance for Canberrans.

‘It was quite unexpected, but a real thrill.’ Hunter says of the accolade. After studying Jazz at the Canberra School of Music in 1989 and 1990 under the piano tutelage of John Black and John Carrick and also Mike Price and Col Horweg, Hunter adds that returning to Canberra to give a performance of his work with his ensemble, is a feeling of coming full circle.

‘There was a tremendous camaraderie between the students when I was at the School of Music, and a fierce determination to push each other and get to the bottom of what we were learning. A large portion of us went on to forge successful professional playing careers. I made a lot of lifetime friends whilst I was there. That's my fondest memory.’

The ensemble playing with Hunter features ten of Australia’s leading jazz musicians, who Stu has engaged directly to bring his compositions to fruition.

‘All my works in this project line of 'the muse', 'the gathering' and now 'the migration' are purely the outgrowth of my own imagination and dreams. However I write with the specific players in mind so I think that definitely counts as a collaborative aspect and they have all been tremendous influences on me both as a musician and a person.’ He adds.

the migration will be performed on Saturday the 11th of June, at 8pm at The Street Theatre. The Capital Jazz Project is currently being celebrated at The Street Theatre until Monday June 13th. Founded in 2011, the event has developed with the sole aim of nourishing high-quality jazz music artists and audiences – and Stu Hunter is no exception.

To view the Capital Jazz Project programme and make a booking, visit The Street Theatre website:

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