Tony Gorman’s 45 year professional career as an ARIA award-winning musician, composer and producer has made him one of Australia’s most respected artists. Join us to celebrate Tony Gorman in this special event featuring a live performance and documentary screening.
Tony Gorman’s Monday Club, including Tony, Peter Boyd and his band of musicians kick off the night improvising music in a magical concert.
Tony Gorman – Alto Clarinet
Boyd – Contrabass Clarinet
Stephen Morley – Horn
Ben Samuels – Bass Clarinet
Phillippa Murphy-Haste – Bass Clarinet
After that, learn about Tony’s inspirational journey as Australia’s most wanted jazz musician and his battle with Multiple Sclerosis in Shanni Dalton’s documentary.
Suitable for ages 15+ unless accompanied by an adult
Dates & Times:
Saturday 2 September at 5pm
Tony’s 46 year professional career as a saxophonist, clarinettist, composer and producer has made him one of the most respected musicians in Australia where he emigrated from Scotland in 1988.
A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Tony’s career as a performer has encompassed contemporary jazz and improvised music, rhythm and blues, rock and classical music (including performances with the Richard Hickox Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and solo recitals).
Tony is a gifted, skilled and experienced composer. He has been commissioned to write works for The Australian Art Orchestra, Ten Part Invention, Clarion Fracture Zone, GEST8, Bernie McGann, The Original Otto Orchestra, LustZone, MARA! and The Martenitsa Choir. He has written music for radio, film, theatre and dance productions.
Tony is co-leader of the acclaimed improvising ensemble GEST8. This exciting 8 piece band play many of Tony’s compositions and were featured at the Sydney Opera House at the inaugural JazzNow festival in 2004.
Tony isco-leader and composer for the legendary Australian contemporary jazz group Clarion Fracture Zone. With them he has toured all over Australia as well as to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Byelorussia, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, India, Canada, the USA and the UK. Many of these tours have been assisted by the Australia Council.Tony is co-leader of the saxophone quartet The Original Otto Orchestra. He has performed with the folk/jazz fusion group MARA!, Michele Morgan’s Chelate Compound and The Australian Art Orchestra.
In 1997 Tony’s performance career changed dramatically when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Since then he has been concentrating on composition and solo clarinet performances. In 2004 he released his first solo CD Songs Of Hope, featuring solo clarinet music. The CD has been very successful, being the number 1 bestseller at Birdland records in Sydney in 2004 AND 2005, an extraordinary achievement. Tony has performed Songs Of Hope at The CafeChurch Space, Glebe; The Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and The Bellingen Jazz Festival. He was the soloist in a performance of Songs of Hope at the Sydney Conservatorium with The Aark Ensemble.
More recently, Tony has been enjoying performing on Alto Clarinet with his improvisatory ensemble Tony Gorman’s Monday Club. The ensemble released a double self-titled cd in 2012.
Tony has won many awards for his work including 3 ARIA Awards; Clarion Fracture Zone’s “Blue Shift” won the ARIA for the best jazz recording of 1990, and was voted by the critics as one of the top 10 albums in Cadence magazine in that year. Other ARIA winners were ‘Ruino Vino’ (MARA!) and Wanderlust (Mike Bukovsky). ‘Sezoni’ (MARA! with the Martenitsa Choir) was released world-wide on RealWorld.
Shanni has appeared as a singer in music theatre, production shows and television in both London and Sydney. As well as continuing her professional career as a singer, she also writes and produces short films and musical works.
She studied piano and musicianship with Bette Motzing, who brought the Music Fundamentals teaching method to the Conservatorium from the United States.
Shanni studied voice at the Wigmore Hall in London with Freddie Winrose and in Sydney with Florence Taylor.