All posts by Toby Wren


Post by , July 1st, 2014

An increasing number of Australian jazz musicians are seeking to move beyond the association with American jazz that was their inheritance, instead establishing a more distinctive local identity through collaborations with regional neighbours in the Asia-Pacific. The Australian Art Orchestra’s pioneering collaboration with Guru Kaaraikudi Mani’s Sruthi Laya Ensemble in 1996, and Simon Barker’s work… continue reading »


Casey Golden Trio
Reviewed by , May 1st, 2015

Casey Golden’s music is a breath of fresh air. In some ways his music is everything you would expect from an Australian contemporary jazz release. It has virtuoso musicianship, odd metric structures and pop sensibilities, but it is also much more. Golden’s orchestrations wrest as much colour and variation out of the trio (piano, bass,… continue reading »

Place to Be

Alex Stuart - guitar, composition; Irving Acao - tenor saxophone & Fender Rhodes; Stephane Guillaume - tenor & soprano saxophone; Antoine Banville - drums & gong; Christophe Wallemme - double & electric bass
Gaya Music Productions
Reviewed by , February 1st, 2015

Alex Stuart is an Australian guitarist who has been living and performing in Paris for a number of years. I am not sure how he is received in Europe, but his work makes an interesting counterpoint to Australian jazz as a geographically distant but highly relevant exponent of contemporary jazz guitar playing and composition. Having… continue reading »

About Toby Wren

Toby Wren is a composer and guitarist who teaches jazz at the Queensland Conservatorium where he is also completing a PhD on intercultural improvisation. He has produced five CDs of his original compositions and improvisations and is known for his collaborations with South Indian Carnatic musicians. Email:

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