The 2MBS Fine Music Sydney Artist-in-Residence program is designed to support Sydney jazz ensembles with active promotion and provide extensive rehearsal opportunities. This year’s award goes to a young 10-piece jazz ensemble who are all still on the Sydney Conservatorium jazz campus, the Mosaic Jazz Collective.

The Collective emerged from a Sydney Conservatorium workshop, taking inspiration from the Australian jazz heavyweights, 10 Part Invention. It is made up of tenor saxophones and clarinets, trumpets and flugelhorns, drums and bass, with the co-leaders Lee Orszaczky, Chiara Minotto and Ravi Trachtenberg-Ray playing trombone, bari sax and piano respectively. 

Their focus is on original Australian compositions with deliberate emphasis on new material from women composers, and challenge the stereotype of old male jazz musicians, including the gender and racially diverse, neurodiverse, and people with disabilities. With this approach, they intend to reflect the current patterns of Australia, music being for everyone to enjoy.

Their project is to release a new album of freshly commissioned works. There will be some crowdfunding to help fund the recording of their new material, for release at the end of 2024. You will also seen them regularly at Foundry 616. 2MBS FineJazz is proud to support this diverse group of young jazz musicians as it takes its place in the challenging world of Sydney jazz.