After studying Jazz piano at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), my world of harmony and rhythm opened up immensely. Coupled with a traditional foundation in Classical Piano and Music Theory, the study of Jazz was an extremely liberating experience. To be able to play through Debussy and Ravel scores and identify dominant 13th chords descending by whole-tones was the beginning of a new harmonic clarity for me, igniting within me a new passion for the limitless possibilities of music. Whilst a student, I composed a number of Jazz tunes, some of which are included below.
"The Three Faces of Eve: The Child" is a work that forms part of a larger Suite composed by three women composers; myself, Sue Bluck and Cathy Travers, from Perth, Western Australia, in 1994. It was commissioned by the Western Australian Jazz society, and was a collaborative work featuring three female Jazz artists and a number of Jazz and Classical musicians from Perth. The Three Faces of Eve is an exploration into three stages of a woman's life, with each composer creating a suite to represent a different stage. I wrote the opening movement, The Child, which is composed for Jazz rhythm section plus two violins, oboe, saxophone and trombone.
I composed "Rouse Remorse" when saxophonist Charlie Rouse died. We took advantage of a spare moment when American guitarist Peter Leitch was visiting Perth, to record this tune at Planet Studios.
"Got the Bug" is one of my earliest Jazz compositions, which was inspired by Thelonious Monk.