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28 October 2020

Freedman Jazz Fellowship to Helen Svoboda

Helen Svoboda Image: Helen Svoboda  

Double bassist, vocalist and composer Helen Svoboda has won the 2020 Freedman Jazz Fellowship. A unique artist of Australian and Finnish heritage, Svoboda specialises in soloistic double bass composition with inclusion of voice, and a particular focus on the overtone series. Driven by the spontaneity of improvisation and the novelty of large wooden instruments, she emits a carefree, quirky energy into all aspects of her artistic practice. Her debut solo album Vegetable Bass (2020) pays tribute to Mother Nature and its culinary offerings expressed through sound.

The judges Mike Nock, Chris Cody and Laurence Pike commented:

'Helen's proposed collaboration "The Odd Bunch" with film-maker Angus Kirby, was truly inspired. She communicated her vision through a well-considered and refined musical project which also spoke to a real-world issue that humanity is facing. Her energy and passion were palpable, and the excellence clearly at the fore. Helen will be a force in Australian music.'

> Helen Svoboda (homepage)

> See the Music Trust website for more information about the Freedman Fellowships

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