10 Julio 2015
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Ad Lib perfomance

Ad Lib duo / contemporary, crossover / Australia

A percussion and saxophone duo performing new Australian music with classical and jazz influences. They present recently premiered work but also established australian repertoire

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Thea Rossen and Jesse Deane are Ad Lib, a dynamic saxophone and percussion duo inspired by new Australian music. Saxophonist Jesse, graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2011 with first class honours. He was awarded the Jack Bendat travelling scholarship to attend the 2012 Saxophone Congress in Scotland and will begin a Masters in Saxophone at the University of Melbourne in 2015. Thea is a classical percussionist studying at the Australian National Academy of Music ANAM. In 2014 she was awarded best Recital Program and Most Outstanding Performance in a solo recital at ANAM. She has performed with the Aurora Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Speak Percussion and is well known for her collaborations with Australian composers on new works.

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As a group that is focused on the creation of new Australian repertoire, Ad Lib have designed their program to feature brand new Australian works as well as established classics of the repertoire.

We Bop, composed in 1995 by Gerard Brophy was the result of a commission from Duo Contemporain. For most of the piece the saxophone and vibraphone play in rhythmic unison, Brophy draws upon classical and jazz influences, using catchy bebop style riffs and elements of rhythmic displacement.

Tim Newhouse is an Australian composer who has written extensively for Big Band, small jazz ensemble and saxophone piano duo. In 2014 Tim was composer in residence for the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra resulting in several new compositions for the ensemble. During this time Tim’s music was played at several music festivals around Australia including the Manly and Devonport jazz festivals and as part of the MONA concert series. Tim will be writing a new composition for Ad Lib, to be performed at the 2015 Strasbourg SaxOpen.

Alex Morris is an Australian composer and arranger who has worked with Orchestra Victoria and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, his work has been performed around Australia including at the Tura New Music festival in Perth. Alex Morris’s piece for Ad Lib will utilise extended techniques, exploring the more extreme timbral possibilities of both instruments.

Ad Lib have enjoyed building relationships with composers around Australia and are excited to be creating new works in the Australian percussion and saxophone repertoire.


10/07/2015 10:00 - 10:30

Cité de la musique et de la danse - Salle 21

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Musicians / speakers

  • Deane Jesse / Alto saxophone, Soprano Saxophone (Australia)
  • Rossen Thea / Percussion (Australia)


  • WeBop (Gerard Brophy)
  • Blackbird (Paul McCartney)
  • Untitled (Tim Newhouse) / French premiere
  • Untitled (Alex Morris) / French premiere




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