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Biography

Research and Teaching

Andrew Robson is a Lecturer in Music Studies in the department of Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University. He teaches across several undergraduate and postgraduate units that include songwriting and musical authorship (MMCS200), professional engagement in the arts (MMCS321), creative industries (MMCS320, MECO847) and the music business (MUS209). Andrew’s research is focussed on understanding the development of creative communities and local jazz historiography (New Jazz Studies). He is also continuing to develop his creative research outputs through composition, recording and live performances.

In 2016 Andrew received his Ph.D. from the University of Sydney. His thesis focuses on his creative work viewed through the prism of the Australian and New Zealand jazz scenes. In 2014 Andrew’s research activities saw him present a conference paper at the University of Cambridge UK. In 2016 he returned to the UK to present a research paper at the ‘Jazz Utopia’ conference at Birmingham City University.

 

Creative Practice

In addition to his academic research and teaching work, Andrew Robson is one of Australia’s premier jazz musicians. A celebrated saxophonist and composer, Andrew is a two-time ARIA award winner and a recipient of the Freedman Jazz Fellowship, Andrew performs nationally and internationally with groups including: The Paul Grabowsky Sextet (winner of the 2014 ARIA award), Mike Nock’s Big Small Band, Ten Part Invention, the World According to James and his own groups.

Andrew has toured widely with numerous ensembles and has performed at many of the world’s major jazz, world and folk music festivals including Chicago, Berlin, London and other major festivals and venues throughout Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

Andrew has released a series of critically acclaimed albums as a leader, including; Bering the Bell (2008), Songbook (2013), and most recently The Child Ballads (2016).

During a career spanning more that 25 years Andrew has performed with some of Australia’s most celebrated talent including Marcia Hines, Tim Finn, You Am I, Renee Geyer, Jon Stevens, Josh Pyke, Vince Jones, Ed Kuepper (The Saints), Alex Lloyd, Briggs and The Whitlams. He has also appeared with touring American artists Terry Evans, Cornell Dupree (Aretha Franklin) and Jon ‘King’ Cleary.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney

Master of Music, Australian National University

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Research Outputs 2013 2019

  • 3 Digital or Visual products
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Performance

Austral Jazz: the localization of a global music form in Sydney

Robson, A., 26 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 162 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Jazz
Music
Localization
Self-fashioning
1970s

Bernie McGann and Bundeena: mythologizing an Austral jazz icon

Robson, A., 4 Oct 2018, In : Jazz research journal. 11, 2 (2017), p. 177-201 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Jazz
Icon
1970s
Musical Language
Simplification

Experiment 20

Millard, K. & Robson, A., 11 Mar 2018

Research output: Non-traditional research outputDigital or Visual productsResearch

Experiment
Authority
Composer
Documentary
Stanley Milgram

The Child Ballads

Robson, A., 2016

Research output: Non-traditional research outputDigital or Visual productsResearch

A day at the fair

Robson, A., 20 Oct 2013

Research output: Non-traditional research outputPerformanceResearch

Harmonia
music
Sciaenidae
Martes
thyme