Talkin' Jazz

Talkin’ Jazz is a community for young jazz musicians to meet, learn and play.

program teachers

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Euan Cumming

Euan first got involved with the Brisbane jazz scene in 2009 as a Talkin’ Jazz participant, travelling all the way from country Victoria during his last year of high school. His experience at Talkin’ Jazz was enough to convince him to make the move to Brisbane in 2010 where he studied jazz piano at the Queensland Conservatorium, graduating with First Class Honours in 2013. After completing a Graduate Diploma in Education in 2014, Euan currently teaches performing arts at Ipswich State High School.

During his time in Brisbane Euan has performed regularly, including sell-out shows at the Brisbane and Gold Coast Jazz Clubs as a member of numerous ensembles. He is the former leader of BSB Swing, a community jazz big band. 

Dan Hirsch

Dan Hirsch is a drummer and educator who graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2013 with a Bachelor of Jazz Performance, with First Class Honours. In 2014 he also completed his Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education, specialising in Classroom Music, Instrumental Music and English. As well as studying in Brisbane, Daniel was accepted into the University of North Texas' Summer Jazz Program in 2012, where he studied with their Jazz Faculty including percussion teachers Mr. Ed Soph and Mr. Mike Drake. 

In 2015, Dan travelled through Europe where he studied with a range of teachers including: Prof. John Hollenbeck from the Jazz Institute Berlin and Prof. Jonas Johansen from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. 

Dan has performed at a range of Music Festivals in Queensland including the Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Broadbeach Jazz Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. He is also a high-school instrumental music and classroom teacher. 

Helen Svoboda

Helen Svoboda is a bassist and composer, based in Brisbane. She graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) in 2015, and is actively involved in the Brisbane music scene, having performed with a range of musicians including John Hoffman, Steve Newcomb and Kristin Berardi in venues such as the Brisbane Jazz Club and The Basement. Helen was also therecipient of the ‘Young Performers Award’ at the annual Magnetic Island Tropical Jazz Party in 2014, in addition to receiving a Griffith University medal upon the completion of her degree. Having had training in both classical and jazz, Helen holds a particular passion for freer forms of improvised music, and aims to merge elements from a range of stylistic genres into her original compositions. She hopes to take her studies further to her home country of Finland and throughout Europe to further explore alternate forms of music-making.

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Brodie McAllister

Brodie McAllister is an improviser, trombonist, composer, teacher and events organiser from Brisbane, Australia. His artistic practice is concerned with exploring improvisation, hyper-extended instrumental techniques, intensive performer-composer collaboration and community connections.

His career highlights include: premieres from Kupka’s Piano, WAYJO and The Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra with performances alongside ELISION, BULLHORN and The Stairwell Project.

Recently he took part in some personal milestone projects including: Performing the world premiere of Ben Mark’s Passage 2 from Circular Ruins 2, playing alongside Clocked Out for their 15th year anniversary concert, performing on Lawrence English's Cruel Optimism and a world premiere with Eigengrau Brass Trio at Tilde 2017.

As a Talkin' Jazz Alumni, Brodie is delighted to be back again, working with the program.

Talkin’ Jazz is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.