Bmus (VCA), MMus (VCA), PhD (Monash)
Robert Burke is a practice-based researcher (Artistic Research).
- Performance – Saxophone – Flute – Clarinet (CD recordings and Performances)
- Practice-based Research in Music Performance (Jazz and improvisation)
- Jazz and World Music pedagogy
Robert Burke is Co-ordinator of Jazz and Popular Studies at Monash University. (He was head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music from 2011 – 2014). An improvising musician, Rob has performed and composed on over 300 CDs and has toured extensively throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, and USA over the last 30 years. He has also released 12 CDs under his own name whilst focusing on understanding and articulating what happens in the moment of improvisation from the perspective of practice-based artistic research. Rob researches performance in a context of improvisation (jazz sensibility), investigating the sonic ecology through ego, agency, indeterminacy, choice and audience participation. Rob has collaborated/recorded international leaders in the field: George Lewis, Dave Douglas, Enrico Rava, Hermeto Pascoal, Kenny Werner, Mark Helias, Ben Monder, Tom Rainey, Nasheet Waites, George Garzone, Paul Grabowsky, Tony Gould, Johannes Weidenmueller, Debasis Chackroborty, Paulo Angeli, Tony Malaby and Richie Barshay.
In 2015 Rob initiated AJIRN (Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network) and is currently a board member and president. He also has convened three conferences – (Nov 2016 and June 2017 and June 2018)
Publications include edited book, Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music (Lexington) and currently co-writing with A/prof Andrys Onsman Experimentation in Improvised Jazz: Chasing Ideas (Routledge 2018)
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My area of expertise in postgraduate (HDR) supervision is in practice-based artistic research in jazz and improvisation. My research emanates from the creative process of music making such as, what happens in the moment of playing, insightful practitioner-based commentary on the process of creativity and the making of music from the music maker’s perspective. This allows prospective students to investigate their performance/composition from the past and the present, the intuitive and the intellectual, abstract and embodied; researching what they do when they create.
Latest News & Events
- by Rob Burke, Debasis Chakroborty, Stephen Magnusson, Sam Evans 1. Sarang 06:48 2. Improvisation 1 02:30 3. Tremor 05:51 4. Improvisation 2 00:46 5. Tilak 1 00:50 6. Tilak 2 01:53 7. Joga 08:23 8. Beyond the Mountain 08:02 9. Improvisation 3 00:19 10. Stranger 04:51 11. Tilak 3 05:08 about The new CD release, Barlines and Beyond explores the intersection ... Read more
- The Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network (AJIRN) is pleased to announce a call for papers/presentations for a 3-day research conference on jazz and improvised ... Read more
- Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music I would like to announce the publication of a new book: ‘Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music’ – edited by ... Read more
- Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music – Monash University in collaboration with The University of Melbourne present: Australasian Jazz Research Conference (Planning the Future) Convenors: A/Prof Robert Burke and Dr Rob Vincs Areas ... Read more
- Canto a tenore, a traditional Sardinian folk music can take a bit of getting used to: it’s like a polyphonic throat singing barbershop quartet. Sometimes ... Read more
- On the 16th of July 2014 Associate Professor Rob Burke recorded a CD in NY with bassist Mark Helias and Drummer Nasheet Waits; both ... Read more
- In the first week of October (2013) Rob Burke recorded with legendary pianist Kenny Werner. Repertoire included original compositions from Rob Burke, Werner and ... Read more
- The latest collaborative Monash Sessions album will be launched at the Stonnington Jazz Festival this weekend. The new album sees leading Australian jazz vocalist, Vince Jones join with students from ... Read more