Gemma Farrell Music

Jazz saxophonist, composer and educator.

Bio

About Gemma

Gemma Farrell is a jazz saxophonist, composer and educator.

She lectures in jazz studies at Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), has worked as the education coordinator and assistant musical director at the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) and currently leads their Young Women in Jazz program.

Gemma has a Master of Music degree from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the Queensland Conservatorium. In 2018 she was nominated for Best Jazz Act and Best Woodwind or Brass Instrumentalist in the WAM awards, and her composition "Tony Umbridge" was nominated for WAM Song of the Year in the Jazz Category. Gemma is the founder and musical director of the Artemis Orchestra, a predominantly female big band which performs the original music of Australian women.

  • The Gemma Farrell Quintet released their debut album "Organised Chaos" in June 2018, and it was RTRFM's local feature album that week. The album has most recently been nominated for an Australian Jazz Bell Award.
  • In July 2018, she toured Australia with her project MFG, which features Nico Maas and Thomas Goralski from Germany. They recorded an album and music videos during this tour and that will be released in 2019.
  • In August 2018, Gemma travelled to Stockton California on behalf of WAYJO, to be a tutor at the Brubeck Institute’s Summer Jazz Colony at the University of the Pacific.

Gemma also performs in J.B.'s J.B.'s, The Perth Cabaret Collective, Split Kick and the Jess Fiocco Sextet. The Gemma Farrell Quintet performed at In The Pines 2019, and will be touring Australia in November 2019, performing at the Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival. Gemma plans on recording the debut album of the Artemis Orchestra early in 2020.

Projects

Links to Project Sites

J.B.'s J.B.'s

Perth's very own J.B.'s tribute band under the direction of drummer John Brown.
Gemma Farrell on Alto Sax, Dylan Hooper on Tenor Sax, Matt Smith on Trumpet, Karri Harper-Meredith on Trombone, Alex Borthwick and Simon Kelly on Guitars, Wayne Slater on Bass and John Brown on the Drums/MD

Discography

Gemma's recordings & links to listen or purchase

Organised Chaos

Gemma Farrell Quintet

Gemma Farrell - Soprano, Alto,Tenor, Baritone Saxophones
James van de Ven - Trombone
Christopher Sealey - Guitar
Kate Pass - Double and Electric Bass
Ryan Daunt - Drums

All tracks composed by Gemma Farrell. Album Artwork by Isabelle, Abigail, Isaac, Parker, Louis and Violet Farrell and Amberley Edgcumbe. Layout by Fred Farrell

Ninjaneered and mixed by Kieran Kenderessy at Rada Studios Perth, January 24 and 25, 2018. Mastered by Paul Große-Schönepauck at Skyline Tonfabrik studios Düsseldorf

Available in hard copy and digital. Listen and Purchase HERE

People Places Lizards

MFG

Gemma Farrell - Tenor Saxophone
Nico Maas - Guitar
Thomas Goralski - Piano and Hammond
Dario Schattel - Double and Electric Bass
Richard Struck - Drums

Recorded in Dusseldorf, 2016. Album artwork by Grace Mander.
Layout by Fred Farrell. Get it HERE

Live at the Brisbane Jazz Club

MFG

Gemma Farrell - Tenor Saxophone
Nico Maas - Guitar
Thomas Goralski - Piano
Joshua Hatcher - Double Bass
Nathan Goldman - Drums

Tracks 1, 3, 7, 8 & 10 composed by Gemma Farrell
Tracks 2, 5, 6 & 9 composed by Thomas Goralski
Track 4 composed by Nico Maas

Album Artwork and layout by Grace Mander. Additional layout by Fred Farrell
Recorded August 23, 2014 by Mark Smith live at the Brisbane Jazz Club.
Edited in Amsterdam by Thomas Goralski and mixed in Düsseldorf by Paul Große-Schönepauck.
Available in hard copy and digital. Listen and Purchase HERE

Viccissitude

Gemma Farrell Group

Gemma Farrell - Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone Saxophones
Robin Kahl - Trumpet and Flugal Horn
Filippo Vignato - Trombone
Nico Maas - Guitar
Thomas Goralski - Piano and Hammond
Theo Balbig - Electric and Double Bass
Richard Struck - Drums

All tracks composed by Gemma Farrell. Album Artwork by Grace Mander. Layout by Fred Farrell. Recorded May 18 and 19 by Paul Große-Schönepauck and Björn Mauder. Mixed also by Paul and Björn.Available in hard copy and digital. Listen and Purchase HERE

Get it Together

Say What?!

Recorded in Amsterdam, 2013.

Gemma Farrell - Soprano, Alto, Tenor Saxophones
Thomas Goralski - Hammond
Gianluca Liberatore - Double Bass
Stefan Franssen - Drums
with special guest: Nico Maas - Guitar

Tracks 1 & 7 by Thomas Goralski
Tracks 2 & 5 by Stefan Franssen
Tracks 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9 by Gemma Farrell
Album Artwork and Layout by Fred Farrell

Recorded April 19 by Dirk Hooglandt at Studio Dirk Amsterdam. Mixed also by Dirk. Available in hard copy and digital. Listen and Purchase HERE

Contact

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