Inspired by The Fatal Shore, Robert Hughes’ vivid history of Australia’s brutal convict era, Iron in the Blood is a narrative jazz concert composed and conducted by saxophonist Jeremy Rose with his award-winning 17-piece Earshift Orchestra.
Narrated by acclaimed actors William Zappa and Patrick Dickson, and featuring a new generation of Australian jazz talent, the performance weaves together Hughes’ text with stunning projections, the documented voices of early colonists and a score praised for its eclecticism and boldness.
“Jazz orchestra and two actors with superbly complementary big-screen visuals – the work is a dialogue between idioms and eras. This is a major Australian work...” ★★★★½ Sydney Morning Herald
Narration: Patrick Dickson and William Zappa
Conductor and saxophone: Jeremy Rose
Woodwinds: Tim Clarkson, Scott McConnachie, Michael Avgenicos, Karl Laskowski and Paul Cutlan
Trombones: Anthony Cable, James Greening, Eleanor Shearer and Colin Burrows
Trumpets: Patrick McMullin, Callum G’Froerer, Ellen Kirkwood and Nick Garbett
Guitar: Ben Hauptmann
Piano: Joseph O'Connor
Bass: Tom Botting
Drums: Danny Fischer
Jeremy Rose (Australia)
Sydney saxophonist-composer and label director Jeremy Rose is interested in expanding dialogues between music disciplines, styles and cultures. He has released over a dozen albums of original music with his various collaborative and solo projects including The Earshift Orchestra, Jeremy Rose Quartet, The Vampires, The Strides and Compass Quartet, and performed at festivals, venues and concert halls throughout Australia, Europe and the UK. Rose has recently toured Europe and recorded with US guitar luminary Kurt Rosenwinkel and collaborated with Benin born Blue Note guitarist Lionel Loueke. Rose has received recognition through nominations for the ARIA Awards, three AIR Awards, Australian Music Prize short-listing, two Jazz Bell Awards, an APRA Professional Development Award and three time-finalist for the AMC Art Music Awards for Excellence in Jazz.