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GIAN SLATER

Prolific Australian Vocalist and Composer, Gian Slater is known for her agile and pure voice, virtuosic improvisations and inventive compositions.  She has released seven albums of her original music – In My Head, Our Galaxy, Creatures at the Crossroads, The Differences, Still Still, Empathy Chip– Sylent Running and Gone without Saying– Gian Slater’s Invenio.

She has featured as a sideman or guest artist on many other acclaimed recordings including Ben Hauptmann (self titled), Christopher Hale Sylvan Coda, Andrea Keller Angels and Rascals, Nat Bartsch To sail, To sing, Kate McGarry  Smile and Ben Monder Hydra.

Gian was a finalist in the prestigious Freedman Fellowship in 2004 and 2010, The National Jazz Awards in 2005, the Bell Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album in both 2010 and 2013 and was the MJFF Apra Composers Commission winner in 2010. In 2012, she received the Creative Australia Fellowship, awarded to emerging and innovative artists across art practices. Gian has performed in the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Stonnington Jazz and the Brisbane Jazz Festival and has performed in Jazz clubs and theatres around the world.

Gian formed her own vocal ensemble, INVENIO in March 2010 to perform a large-work commission piece for 14 voices that she composed for the Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival. They performed the composition ‘Gone without saying’ to rave reviews and a standing ovation. Since then, they have performed three new works composed by Slater; Us and Others – for Invenio and Speak Percussion, Self/Echo – for 5 voices and Clarion/Whisper – for 16 voices.

Gian’s projects with esteemed New York Pianist/Composer, Barney McAll began with the group Sylent Running, who released their debut album Empathy Chip in 2009. This led to the project, Graft – featuring Barney’s shape shifting compositions, and Gian’s vocal arrangements for Invenio, which was recorded and released in 2012.  Gian and Invenio have performed with treasured singer/songwriter, Lior on several occasions, namely the recent Melbourne Speigeltent season (performing Gian’s arrangements of selected songs by Lior) and their performance at the 2013 Apra Music Awards.

Gian is a passionate educator and teaches Jazz and Improvisation at Melbourne and Monash Universities as well guest lecturing at WAAPA (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts) and Australian National University.

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GIAN SLATER

Prolific Australian Vocalist and Composer, Gian Slater is known for her agile and pure voice, virtuosic improvisations and inventive compositions.  She has released seven albums of her original music – In My Head , Our Galaxy, Creatures at the Crossroads,  The Differences, Still Still, Empathy Chip– Sylent Running and Gone without Saying– Gian Slater’s Invenio  and has featured on many other albums as a sought after sideman or guest artist. She leads her own acclaimed vocal ensemble; Invenio, who have performed four of her major works as well as collaborations with New York based pianist/composer Barney McAll and treasured Australian singer/songwriter, Lior.

She was a finalist in the prestigious Freedman Fellowship in 2004 and 2010, The National Jazz Awards in 2005, the Bell Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album in both 2010 and 2013 and was the MJFF Apra Composers Commission winner in 2010. In 2012, she received the Creative Australia Fellowship, awarded to emerging and innovative artists across art practices. Gian has performed in the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Stonnington Jazz and the Brisbane Jazz Festival and has performed in Jazz clubs and theatres around the world.

Gian also teaches Jazz and Improvisation at Melbourne and Monash Universities as well guest lecturing at The Manhattan School of Music, West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Australian National University.