Paul Grabowsky

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Paul Grabowsky

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Background information
Born (1958-09-27) 27 September 1958 (age 60)
Lae, Papua New Guinea
OriginMelbourne, Australia
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician and composer
InstrumentsPiano
Associated actsWizards of Oz, Paul Grabowsky Trio
Websitepaulgrabowsky.com.au

Paul Atherstone Grabowsky AO (born 27 September 1958) is an Australian pianist and composer.

Biography[edit]

Born in Lae, Papua New Guinea, Grabowsky is a pianist and composer of music for film, theatre and opera. His father Alistair had lived in Papua New Guinea with his wife Charlotte since the 1930s working on oil rigs, building roads, flying planes. Grabowsky described his ancestry as "failed Polish aristocracy".[1] His older brother Michael took great interest in the young composer and later worked with Paul co-ordinating and producing many of his television and film scores in the 1990s.

Grabowsky grew up in Glen Waverley, Melbourne, Australia, and began piano lessons when he was five years old. He studied the classical repertoire with Mack Jost, senior lecturer in piano at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne from the age of seven until his university years. He attended Wesley College and it was that school's jazz band which introduced him to the genre.

1980s[edit]

Immersing himself in jazz, Grabowsky left the conservatorium in 1978 to pursue musical studies at the Juilliard School in New York and then embarked on extensive travel in Europe. 1980 he worked in the Melbourne cabaret/comedy scene where he began his relationship with Steve Vizard and Robyn Archer. He flew in 1980 to London where he travelled via Spain to Germany; he lived there in Munich until 1985. He had been back in Australia for Christmas 1982 when, on the invitation of Red Symons, he co-composed his first film score, the first of many. In Europe he played with many musicians including Chet Baker, Art Farmer and Johnny Griffin as well as influential European artists. In 1983, Grabowsky formed the Paul Grabowsky Trio with Allan Browne and Gary Costello. The duo recorded the album Six By Three, which was released in 1989 and won the trio an ARIA Music Award at the ARIA Music Awards of 1990.

After his return to Australia in 1986, he played in various jazz ensembles. In 1987, Grabowsky formed the Wizards of Oz with Saxophonist Dale Barlow, bassist Lloyd Swanton and drummer Tony Buck. Wizards of Oz recorded Soundtrack and won the ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album at the ARIA Music Awards of 1989. During this time, he also wrote the score to the film The Last Days of Chez Nous and for television shows Phoenix, Janus and Fast Forward.

1990s[edit]

Grabowsky and the Groovematics were the innovative house band on the Seven Network TV show Tonight Live with Steve Vizard from February 1990 to November 1993. This show was live five nights a week. Grabowsky also continued to compose scores for feature films many of which won awards.

In 1990 he was commissioned to write several pieces for the Munich-based jazz/contemporary-music group Die Konferenz. One group of these was based on songs of Édith Piaf ("Et les Affaires Piaf"), while a second group was based on songs from German UFA films from the 1920s to 1940s ("Es wird einmal ein Wunder"). With the support from its artistic director Richard Wherrett, this led to the formation of the project Ringing the Bell Backwards at the Melbourne International Arts Festival and eventually to the Australian Art Orchestra in 1994. That year, Grabowsky wrote a piano concerto for Michael Kieran Harvey.

He is married to Margot Salomon and in 1991 their first child was born; Isabella Grabowsky. Their son Guy Grabowksy was born in 1995..

In 1995, the Australian Art Orchestra toured Europe, and later India in 1996. Grabowsky directed the Victorian Arts Centre's Summer Music programme. Late that year he was commissioned to front the 14-part ABC TV series Access All Areas. As Commissioning Editor for ABC Television Arts and Entertainment (1996–1998), he commissioned the documentary series Long Way to the Top. During the late 1990s, Grabowsky concentrated on writing music for film and television: Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999) and Innocence (2000) by Paul Cox, Siam Sunset by John Polson, the NBC mini-series Noah's Ark, the UK production Shiner. Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) commissioned his first opera, The Mercenary with a (libretto by Janis Balodis).

2000s[edit]

In 2000, the project The Theft of Sita came to fruition; it combined jazz elements, Balinese gamelan music and puppetry. The piece premiered in Adelaide, and has since toured worldwide. In that year, Grabowsky was also involved in the writing music for the opening ceremonies of the Sydney Olympics and the Paralympics. Since then, he has written the opera Love in the Age of Therapy (libretto by Joanna Murray-Smith) commissioned by Melbourne Festival and Sydney Festival, and the symphony Streets of Hurqalya (26 June 2002), commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Among his recent film scores are Fred Schepisi's Last Orders and It Runs in the Family, The Eye Of The Storm, Empire Falls (HBO)Paul Cox's The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky, and Disney's The Jungle Book 2. From 2003 to 2007, Grabowsky was commissioner at the Australian Film Commission. In 2004 he became involved in Charles Darwin University's Remote Indigenous Music Program.[2]

In 2005, Grabowsky was appointed Artistic Director for the Queensland Music Festival 2007.[3] His song cycle Before Time Could Change Us, lyrics by Dorothy Porter and featuring Katie Noonan, was commissioned by the Queensland Music Festival and released in 2005 by the Warner Music Group. The album peaked at number 65 on the ARIA Charts and number 3 on the ARIA Jazz chart.[4] He recorded an album of original jazz compositions, Tales of Time and Space, with Branford Marsalis (soprano sax), Joe Lovano (tenor sax), Scott Tinkler (trumpet), Ed Schuller (bass) and Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums). In 2007 he was appointed inaugural patron of the National Film and Sound Archive's project Sounds of Australia.[5] On 4 January 2008, the prestigious Adelaide Festival of Arts appointed Grabowsky as its artistic director for the 2010 festival, its 50th anniversary year. He was then asked to stay on and direct the 2012 Adelaide Festival.[6]

2010s[edit]

In June 2012, Grabowsky was appointed Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow in the School of Music at Monash University and in July 2012, he was appointed Executive Director, Performing Arts, Academy of Performing Arts, Monash University.

In 2014 Grabowsky was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for services to music as an educator, a mentor composer and pianist. He won his 5th Aria Award in 2014 for his sextet recording of original compositions The Bitter Suite.

In 2015/2016 he wrote the music and songs for theatre work Last Man Standing performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company, words and play by Steve Vizard; the two teamed again to write another new music theatre work, Banquet of Secrets, performed by the Victorian Opera company.

Awards[edit]

  • 1988 ARIA Award for the album Soundtrack
  • 1988 & 1989 Rolling Stone Magazine (Australia) Jazz Artist of the Year[7][8]
  • 1989 APRA Award (Most Performed Australasian Jazz Work) for Disappearing Shoreline
  • 1989 ARIA nomination for the film Georgia
  • 1989 AFI nomination (Best Original Music Score) for Georgia
  • 1990 ARIA Award for the album Six By Three
  • 1991 ARIA nomination for the film A Woman's Tale
  • 1991 AFI nomination (Best Music Score) for A Woman's Tale
  • 1992 ARIA nomination for the film The Last Days of Chez Nous
  • 1992 AFI nomination (Best Music Score) for The Last Days of Chez Nous
  • 1993 ARIA nomination for Tee Vee
  • 1993 APRA Award for Phoenix
  • 1994 ARIA nomination for the film Exile
  • 1994 AFI nomination (Best Original Music Score) for Exile
  • 1995 ARIA nomination for the film Mushrooms
  • 1995 AFI Award (Open Craft Award) for The Good Looker[9]
  • 1996 ARIA Award (Best Australian Jazz Release) for When Words Fail
  • 1998 ARIA nomination for Angel
  • 1999 Australian Guild of Screen Composers nomination for the film Siam Sunset
  • 2000 ARIA nomination for the film Siam Sunset
  • 2000 The Age Award (Best Production) for The Theft of Sita
  • 2001 ARIA nomination for PG3
  • 2001 Sidney Myer Performing Artist of the Year Award
  • 2001 Helpmann Award (Best Original Score) for The Theft of Sita
  • 2004 ARIA nomination for Tales of Time and Space
  • 2003 World Soundtrack Academy nomination for The Jungle Book 2
  • 2004 AFI (Open Craft Award) nomination for Jessica
  • 2005 ARIA Award for Before Time Could Change Us
  • 2006 AFI nomination for Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst
  • 2006 Bell Award Australian Jazz Artist of The Year
  • 2007 Melbourne Prize for Music[10]
  • 2014 ARIA Award The Bitter Suite : Best Jazz Album
  • 2014 Independent Music Award for The Bitter Suite

Discography[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[11]
The Moon + You
  • Released: 1990[12]
  • Label: WEA (171142-1)
  • Formats: CD, LP
-
The Zurich Sessions (with Sunk Poeschl and Peter Bockius)
  • Released: 1990 [13]
  • Label:
  • Formats: 12” Vinyl
-
Tee Vee -
The Last Days of Chez Nous (soundtrack)
  • Released: 1992
  • Label:
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
-
Phoenix (soundtrack)
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: ABC Music, Phonogram ‎(514445–2)
  • Formats: CD
-
Viva Viva [15] -
Keep Up Your Standards (with Robyn Archer)

[16]

  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Larrikin Records ‎(LRF483)
  • Formats: CD
-
Passion(with Australian Art Orchestra)[17]
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: ABC Classics ‎(465 230-2)
  • Formats: CD
-
Noah's Ark (soundtrack)
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Varèse Sarabande ‎(VSD6027)
  • Formats: CD
-
Siam Sunset (soundtrack)
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Mana Music ‎(D32124)
  • Formats: CD
-
Shiner (soundtrack)
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Decca ‎(470183-2)
  • Formats: CD
-
Last Orders (soundtrack)
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Colosseum (CVS 6330.2)
  • Formats: CD
-
Big Adventure (with Philip Rex and Niko Schauble) [18]
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: ABC Jazz ‎(476283-5)
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
-
Tales Of Time And Space [19]
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: ABC Jazz ‎(476283-5)
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
-
Ruby (with Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter and Australian Art)
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Australian Art Orchestra
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
-
Before Time Could Change Us (with Katie Noonan)
  • Released: August 2005
  • Label: Australian Art Orchestra
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
65
Hush Collection (Volume 3: Paul Grabowsky)
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Hush Music Foundation (HUSH 003)
  • Formats: CD
-
Always (with Bernie McGann)
  • Released: May 2006
  • Label: ABC Jazz ‎– (4765272)
  • Formats: CD, DD
-
Hush Collection (Volume 7: Ten Healing Songs by Paul Grabowsky)
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Hush Music Foundation (HUSH 007)
  • Formats: CD
-
Lost and Found [20] (with Jamie Oehlers and David Beck)
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Jazzhead
  • Formats: CD
-
On a Clear Day [21] (with Jamie Oehlers)
  • Released: July 2010
  • Label: Jamie Oehlers , Paul Grabowsky
  • Formats: CD, DD
-
The Bitter Suite [22][23] (as Paul Grabowsky Sextet]])
  • Released: May 2014
  • Label: ABC Jazz (3771278)
  • Formats: CD, DD
-
Solo [24][25]
  • Released: 31 October 2014
  • Label: ABC Jazz (4703342)
  • Formats: CD, DD
-
Words and Pictures [26] (Soundtrack)
  • Released: March 2015
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • Formats: CD, DD
-
Spiel [27] (with Nikolaus Schäuble)
  • Released: August 2015
  • Label: Paul Grabowsky and Nico Schäuble
  • Formats: CD, DD
-
Provenance [28] (with Vince Jones)
  • Released: 16 October 2015
  • Label: ABC Jazz (4753486)
  • Formats: CD, DD
-
Nyilipidgi [29] (with Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred, David Yipininy Wilfred and Monash Art Ensemble)
  • Released: June 2016
  • Label: ABC Jazz (4796386)
  • Formats: CD, DD
-
Shift [30] (with Rob Burke, George Lewis and Mark Helias)
  • Released: 7 April 2017
  • Label: Future Music Records (FMRCD441-0217)
  • Formats: CD, DD
-
Torrio! [31] (with Mirko Guerrini, Niko Schäuble)
  • Released: November 2017
  • Label: Encore Jazz
  • Formats: DD
-
Moons of Jupiter [32] (featuring Scott Tinkler, Erkki Veltheim and Peter Knight)
  • Released: 24 April 2018
  • Label: Besant Hall Records
  • Formats: DD
-
Tryst [33] (with Kate Ceberano)
  • Released: 3 May 2019
  • Label: ABC / Universal Music Australia (7762180)
  • Formats: CD, DD, Streaming
-

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bilson, Gay (January 2010). "Impresario". The Monthly. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Indigenous music program attracts Grabowsky". Charles Darwin University. 12 March 2004. Archived from the original on 7 September 2006. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  3. ^ "QMF Artistic Director Paul Grabowsky". Queensland Music Festival. Archived from the original on 28 August 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  4. ^ "ARIA Report week commencing 22 August 2005 – issue 808" (PDF). pandora.nla.gov.au. 22 August 2005. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Sounds of Australia". National Film and Sound Archive. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  6. ^ "Paul Grabowsky announced as new Artistic Director!". Adelaide Festival Corporation. 4 January 2008. Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  7. ^ Paul Grabowsky at RecordProduction.com
  8. ^ Paul Grabowsky Trio Archived 15 July 2012 at Archive.today at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
  9. ^ "AFI Awards Winners—Non-Feature Categories 1958–2005" (PDF). AFI. p. 14. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  10. ^ "Paul Grabowsky wins the most valuable music prize in Australia". Melbourne Prize Trust. 14 November 2007. Archived from the original on 21 July 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  11. ^ "ARIA Report week commencing 22 August 2005 - issue 808" (PDF). pandora.nla.gov.au. 22 August 2005. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  12. ^ "The Moon + You". paulgrabowsky. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  13. ^ "The Zurich Sessions". paulgrabowsky. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Tee Vee". paulgrabowsky. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Viva Viva". paulgrabowsky. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Keep Up Your Standards". paulgrabowsky. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Passion". paulgrabowsky. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Big Adventure". paulgrabowsky. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Tales Of Time And Space". paulgrabowsky. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Lost and Found". paulgrabowsky. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  21. ^ "On a Clear Day". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  22. ^ "The Bitter Suite". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  23. ^ "The Bitter Suite". paulgrabowsky. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  24. ^ "Solo". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  25. ^ [httphttp://www.paulgrabowsky.com.au/recordings/solo-october-2014/ "Solo"]. paulgrabowsky. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  26. ^ "Spiel". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  27. ^ "Spiel". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  28. ^ "Solo". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  29. ^ "Nyilipidgi ". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  30. ^ "Shift - Rob Burke, George Lewis, Paul Grabowsky, Mark Helias". Sub Rarar. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  31. ^ "Torrio!". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  32. ^ "Moons of Jupiter". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  33. ^ "Moons of Jupiter". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2019.

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