Leading young Australian jazz musician to join The School of Music in 2015

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Today the ANU School of Music announced that one of Australia’s most outstanding young jazz musicians, Johannes Luebbers, will be joining the staff of the School in early 2015.

A graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), where he is currently enrolled in a PhD, Perth-based Luebbers is the recipient of numerous awards, including: the ‘APRA Professional Development Award’ for jazz in 2006; ‘Jazz Song of the Year’ (WA Music Industry Awards) in 2008; ‘Best Australian Jazz Composition of the Year’ (Bell Awards) in 2009; and in 2011 he was winner of the ‘Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year’ (Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards) and the ‘Jazz Work of the Year’ (APRA/AMC Art Music Awards).

“I am delighted to be joining the School of Music and look forward to contributing to its terrific jazz and contemporary music programmes, as well as the broader musical life of the School and the ACT community”, Luebbers said.

Luebbers has released two albums with his own award winning ensemble, the Johannes Luebbers Dectet (JLD) and also has written music for Orchestra Victoria (with Sinead O’Connor and Dan Sultan), the WA Symphony Orchestra (with ‘The Panics’ and Playschool’s Jay Laga’aia), the Australian Rock Symphony (with the Baby Animals and The Divinyls), the Logie Awards, Mark Vincent (2009 Australia’s Got Talent winner), the Victorian State School Spectacular, the Mace Francis Orchestra, the WA Youth Orchestra, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and the NSW Waratahs (Rugby Union).

“This is truly an outstanding appointment. Luebbers is without doubt one of the brightest young Jazz talents in Australia today; a highly gifted educator as well as composer and performer”, said Head of School, Peter Tregear.

With his ensemble he has performed at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, the York Jazz Festival and was a featured performer at the 2011 APRA/AMC Art Music Awards. Luebbers has also worked in genres as diverse as music theatre, folk, pop, blues/funk/soul and classical music.

Luebbers is currently president of the Perth Jazz Society, and was until recently a member of the Australian Council for the Arts music board, and is co-founder of the independent new music label Listen/Hear Collective.

Further information:  http://www.johannesluebbers.com

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