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Dr. Louise Denson is a performer/composer and Senior Lecturer in Jazz at the Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane. Canadian by birth, she completed her Masters in Jazz at the New England Conservatory (Boston), studying with such luminaries as Paul Bley, George Russell and Joe Maneri. She has issued 4 CDs containing 30 original compositions. Her compositions have been recognized at the Queensland Music Awards and have been performed and recorded by the Southern Cross Soloists, San Gabriel 7 (USA), Queensland Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra, Barega Saxophone Quartet and NZ soprano Sarah Court. Her recent work is acknowledging her early training in classical music, including art song cycles, saxophone quartets, and arrangements for voice, jazz rhythm section and strings.

 

Music at the end of my street

“In 2013, I had the good fortune to travel for three months …
 
“As it turned out, despite long hours in transit and gaps in our itinerary where I theoretically had time to devote to music, I wrote nary a note …
 
“I live down the street from Toowong Cemetery, the largest and oldest cemetery in Brisbane, and my preferred venue for morning and evening walks …
 
“Honeyeaters, lorikeets and figbirds shelter among the leaves, chattering among themselves and shrieking hysterically if dogs sniff their way too near …
 
“The coalescence of time, space, contemplation and habit that I experience every time I go for a walk, creates the music in my life. All I have to do is hurry home and write it down.”