World-renowned jazz musician presents workshops at CDU  


World-renowned Jazz musician Jacám Manricks will be conducting Jazz Workshops at CDU on Thursday March 25, from 7pm to 9pm, and Friday March 26, from 11am to 1pm, at the CDU Theatre, Building Orange 3.

Sri Lankan/Portuguese Australian born saxophonist/composer and woodwind player Jacám has performed and recorded with some of the most prestigious international artists of our time, including Ray Charles, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, David Liebman, Micheal Abene, Bob Mintzer, Dick Oatts, James Morrison, Mike Nock, Ben Monder, Gary Versace, Joe Martin, Tyshawn Sorey, Barney McAll, Jerry Lewis and the Queensland Symphony - to name a few.

Jacám  is a popular figure amongst the New York contemporary jazz scene and a familiar face in venues such as the Jazz Gallery, Cornelia Street Café, Smalls, the Jazz Standard and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

As a composer, soloist and ensemble leader, Jacám has recorded three albums to date - 'Sky’s the Limit,' 'Labyrinth' and 'Trigonometry'. He is currently promoting the release of his second album 'Labyrinth', which has received outstanding reviews in JazzTimes, Downbeat, All About Jazz-NY, Sydney Morning Herald and the Irish Times. 'Labyrinth' consists of Jacám’s compositions for jazz quintet and chamber orchestra and features some of New York’s finest jazz soloists.

Jacám recently recorded his third album as a leader in New York for Posi-Tone records in May 2009. The album, due for release in July this year, features Jacám’s most recent compositions for jazz quartet and septet, performed solo and with leading New York jazz artists.

Jacám has received a number of prestigious awards and scholarships for artistic excellence and touring, such as the Contemporary Music Touring Program awards in 2009 and 2007, the Marten Bequest Arts Fellowship in 2005, the Queensland Lord Mayors Performing Arts Fellowship in 2000, and the Australian National Jazz Award-third prize 2009. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, Australia, Canada and the US as a soloist and/or bandleader. He has composed works for a number of different ensembles worldwide.

In addition to performing and composing, Jacám is a very experienced musical educator. He has done master-classes and clinics at internationally renowned institutions such as the Manhattan School of Music, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Victorian College of the Arts, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, where he currently works as a private saxophone and improvisation instructor.

The School of Creative Arts and Humanities is honoured to welcome Jacám and his fellow musicians to conduct workshops here at Casuarina Campus. Admission to the Jazz Workshops is free and all are welcome.

For more information, contact the School on 08 8946 7045.

The Jacám Manricks Quartet, featuring Pianist Aaron Goldberg, will also be performing at the Darwin Entertainment Centre on Friday, March 26 at 7.30pm. Tickets can be booked through DEC.