The Ellen Kirkwood Group features jazz musicians with an inspired mix of youth and experience in Ellen Kirkwood (trumpet, composer, and leader) Paul Cutlan (reeds) Adam Ponting (piano), plus New Zealand bassist Tom Botting, and Alon Ilsar (drums)
Brilliant young trumpet player/composer/band leader Ellen Kirkwood is the latest recipient of the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award (JRMA). The JRMA is awarded to assist in the professional development of an outstanding young female Australian jazz musician.
Captain Kirkwood will be performing Ellen's new extended work, "Theseus and the Minotaur," which is a narrated music-story based on the Greek myth. They will also perform several shorter originals by Kirkwood and other band members. Ellen's compositions draw from an array of styles, combining dark and quirky grooves with playful melodies to create fantastical musical inventions.
Ellen has been very active in the Sydney Jazz scene both in performance and education. She attributes her participation in the SIMA Young Womens Jazz Improvisation Workshops as the springboard for her acceptance to study at the Sydney Conservatorium.
Her wealth of curiosity, imagination and musicality has led her to link her original compositions to the classic Greek tale of Theseus and the Minotaur. These will provide the core of her group's performances.
Ellen currently plays and composes for Sirens Big Band, The Bakery and Brass Knuckles. She also directs large ensembles, teaches trumpet and other brass instruments, at many Sydney schools.