21 September 2010

Kevin Hunt
Kevin Hunt

Con Alumnus and lecturer in the Jazz Unit, Kevin Hunt, will be at the centre of an amazing recording session of the work of Aboriginal warrior Bennelong, first sang in public in London's Mayfair in 1793.

The words and music of the song were written down at the time by classically trained musician Edward Jones, who later included it in a collection titled Musical Curiosities, published in 1811, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Historian Keith Vincent Smith tracked down what he believes is one of only four remaining copies of Jones's original 40-page book in the British Library.

This week, Indigenous performers Clarence Slockee and Matthew Doyle will record the work at The Con under the supervision of Hunt, an award-winning jazz pianist, composer and music educator who studied under the direction of Don Burrows, Paul McNamara, Roger Frampton, Judy Bailey, George Golla and Dick Montz at the Conservatorium in the early 1980s.

During this time, Hunt was also a member of The Northside Big Band under the direction of John Speight. This is where he began his playing association with James Morrison, and for the next five years recorded and performed with Morrison regularly. Also in 1982, Kevin joined the Daly Wilson Big Band for their final 12 months together.

In 1995, Hunt was invited to join Don Burrows as his full-time pianist. Today, he continues to play with Burrows, performing and teaching all over Australia and occasionally overseas.

Hunt is currently completing his doctorate at The Con, with the help of the three-year Stuart Piano Postgraduate Scholarship, generously funded by Robert Albert and family.

The Herald reports that Slockee and Doyle will dress up in Regency costume to perform the song on Friday, the official launch of Mari Nawi: Aboriginal Odysseys, a new exhibition looking at the journeys which Aborigines made abroad between 1790 and 1850 that Smith has curated for the State Library of NSW.

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