Three is a unique ensemble seeking to establish new and cutting-edge chamber music with a special focus on presenting performances that resonate with current-day audiences. Founded by three Melbourne-based musicians unified in their goal to diversify and expand the chamber music repertoire for their instruments, each member brings a distinctive musical background to the group, with musical influences including world music, jazz, popular music, traditional “classical” music, and avant-garde contemporary music.

The significance of the number three extends beyond the number of members of the group, and is pervasive throughout the ensemble’s mission and activities. Together they seek to develop new repertoire through collaborations with composers, engage new audiences, and perform and record new works. Operating locally, nationally, and internationally, Three aims to connect people with music of today. The ensemble utilize three timbral modes: acoustic, pre-recorded electronic soundscapes, and live electronic sound manipulation.

Since January 2013, Three have commissioned works from numerous Australian and international composers including Andrew Ford, Katy Abbott, Andrew Batterham, Wally Gunn, and Fay Wang. In addition to commissioning composers to write for the ensemble, the members of Three write their own original works and adapt and expand upon extant pieces. Three continues to present high-profile premiere performances of new works throughout the world, and have toured to China, Hong Kong, and throughout Australia.

Joel Brennan (trumpet) has performed as a soloist and orchestral musician throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Prior to his current position as Lecturer in Brass at Melbourne University, Joel taught at Brandon University (Canada) and served as principal trumpet of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra (Japan) and Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (the Netherlands). His interest in advancing the trumpet repertoire has lead to numerous projects including a Fulbright Grant (Netherlands, 2007) and the establishment of the Reveille Trumpet Collective. He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Yale University (USA).

Don Immel (trombone), Head of Brass and Orchestral Studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium, is active internationally as a soloist, chamber, jazz and orchestral musician. Prior to joining the MCM, Don held posts as Solo/Principal Trombone with the Danish Philharmonic (Denmark), Honolulu Symphony Orchestras (USA), and from 1999 to 2006 was Associate Professor of Trombone and Jazz Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. Don has recorded two jazz-based albums featuring his own compositions, is a featured performer on The Essential Rochut (Belle Records) project, and can be heard on dozens of movie and television soundtracks.

Ken Murray (guitar) has developed a singular career as a guitarist combining performance, composition, teaching and research. He has championed and recorded Spanish music from the early twentieth century, worked extensively with contemporary Australian composers and has been active as a performer of Brazilian and South American musical styles. He graduated PhD from the University of Melbourne, where he is Head in Guitar at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. His PhD thesis is titled Spanish Music and its Representations in London (1878-1930): From the Exotic to the Modern.


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