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Melba Hall
11:45am - 12:15pm, Saturday 28 July, 2018


Proud Queenslanders Diana (saxophones) and Sophie (piano) present live performances of their recently recorded CD titled Fuzzy Notes. Their cross-over jazz/classical style is represented by the inspiring work of UK composer Andy Scott - Sonata for Alto Saxophone and the original and meaningful works of Sophie Min: Moade's Place, Mole and Follow Your Heart.

Dr Diana Tolmie has led an impressive life as a freelance woodwind specialist exploring a multitude of genres, performing in countless interstate and international tours, plus live radio and television broadcasts. Appearing with many Australian professional orchestras and the acclaimed Malaysian Philharmonic, Diana has additionally explored chamber music with her nationally recognised group Collusion, which continues to commission, record and perform Australian new music and dance collaboratives. A recipient of the Churchill Fellowship Award and the Queen Elizabeth Trust Scholarship, her more recently Arts Queensland and Australia Council for the Arts funding has contributed to her saxophone activities. This included her featured solo with the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra in the 2015 XVII World Saxophone Congress; and the commissioning and recording of new Australian works for the Queensland Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra. Diana is full time Lecturer, Professional Practice at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University passionately teaching performance, pedagogy, musicians’ health and vocational preparation. Her teaching excellence has been recognised and awarded an AEL Group Learning & Teaching Citation (2014), and a Highly Commended in the “Employability within the Curriculum” category of the Griffith University Awards for Excellence in Teaching (2016). She is currently endorsed by D’Addario Woodwind.

Sophie Min is a pianist and composer who expands on the proficiencies of the varied small ensembles by her unique pianism and explosive improvisation. She graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz (2014) and a Masters of Music (2016). A recipient of the Scott Harrison Scholarship (2015) and QCGU Postgraduate Owen Fletcher Performance Award (2015), she has attended Centrum Jazz Port Townsend Workshop in Washington and Barry Harris Jazz Workshop in New York, and studied with Kevin Hays and Randy Ingram (2016). Her accolades include winning a position with the the JM Jazz World Orchestra touring Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, Croatia, Italy and Denmark (2015). This tour included the Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Brosella Folk & Jazz Festival (Belgium), Jazz Is Back Festival (Croatia), Liburnia Jazz Festival (Croatia), and the Jazz Im Podium Festival (Switzerland). As a performer, she has collaborated with Kristin Berardi, John Hoffman, Rafael Karlen, Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Wind Orchestra. She has led her trio enjoying performing highlights such as the Brisbane International Jazz Festival, JMI, QPAC, Brisbane Jazz Club and Brisbane City Council Projects. More recently she recorded and produced an album, Three Lanes, accompanied by long-time jazz trio colleagues, Helen Svoboda (double bass) and Lachlan Hawkins (drums). Their recording investigates a wide range of practices and techniques in the jazz improvisational form showing strong interactions between each instrument. Sophie is currently a tutor at the Young Queensland Conservatorium, Queensland University, and the Brisbane Music Studio.