Born: August 17, 1987 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Originally from country South Australia, Quentin Angus is a multi-award winning Australian jazz guitarist, 24 years of age, who recently moved to New York to undertake a Masters at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Since his arrival in NY just one year ago, Angus has already begun leading his own bands at various venues in Manhattan, has recorded an album of original compositions entitled ‘Retrieval Structure’, and toured Europe with the 'Quentin Angus Quintet' in September 2011, which included performing at the 2011 ‘Jazz Hoeilaart Festival’ in Belgium.
Angus was also selected as one of Downbeat Magazines '34th Annual Student Music Awards' for his composition 'Five Ahead', and was one of 20 musicians from around the globe selected for the 2011 'Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency' at the Kennedy Centre. His guitar tutor at Purchase College is the world renowned John Abercrombie, although, he is also working closely with John Riley, Todd Coolman, Hal Galper, Jon Gordan, Andy Laverne, Kermit Driscoll, and Randy Johnston.
Quentin has performed in Australia, Japan, Europe, New Zealand and the United States, including events such as the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Mt Barker Jazz Festival, Jazz Hoeilaart (Europe), and the Adelaide FRINGE. He has performed/ recorded with John Abercrombie, Bob Mintzer, Wolfgang Muthspiel, James Morrison and Michelle Nichole, while being involved in various Australian music groups such as The Quentin Angus Quintet, Mr Goodnight, The Cerberus Project, and The New Cabal. Angus also has had the opportunity to study under Pat Martino, Gilad Hekselman, Steve Khan, Adam Rodgers, Jonathan Kreisberg, Mike Moreno, and Randy Johnston
While in Australia, at the University of Adelaide, Quentin graduated with 'first class honours', while winning numerous awards, such as the ‘most outstanding jazz guitar undergraduate’ (2006), ‘most outstanding postgraduate music student’ (2009), and is also the 2010 recipient of the prestigious 'Keith Michell Performance Award', from the Helpmann Academy. In recent years Quentin has also been involved in Musicology. This has included being invited to present his research and transcriptions of Gilad Hekselman and John Abercrombie at conferences in New Zealand and Australia, including recently publishing transcription books of Gilad Hekselman's Improvisations from all three of his albums; 'Split-Life', 'Words Unspoken' and 'Hearts Wide Open'.
Awards:Summary of Awards/ Honours Received: 2011- SABAM Prize for 'Best Arrangement' @ 2011 Jazz Hoeilaart Festival (Belgium) 2010- Awarded the prestigious ‘Keith Michell Performance Award’ as the top graduate from the Helpmann Academy’s Partner Schools (which includes: Adelaide Central School of Art, Adelaide College of the Arts; Flinders Drama Centre, Flinders University; Flinders Screen Production, Flinders University; Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide; South Australian School of Art, UniSA) 2009- Awarded the ‘Naomi Cumming Postgraduate Prize’ as the ‘Most Outstanding Postgraduate Music Student for 2009’ (Elder Conservatorium of Music, The University of Adelaide) 2009- Awarded the inaugural Elder Conservatorium’s 'Director’s Award' for a series of original jazz compositions created during 2008 (Elder Conservatorium of Music, The University of Adelaide) 2008- Honours degree awarded with First Class Honours (Elder Conservatorium of Music, The University of Adelaide) 2006- Awarded the DB magazine award for ‘Most Outstanding Jazz Guitar Undergraduate’ (Elder Conservatorium of Music, The University of Adelaide) (award presented in 2007) Previous Grants and Scholarships Received: 2010- Awarded an MSA Travelling Scholarship to present a paper at an MSA (Musicological Society of Australia) and NZSM (New Zealand School of Music) joint meeting at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 2009- Awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) to study a Doctor of Philosophy in Music (Performance) (Ph.D) at The University of Adelaide 2008- Awarded a project and development grant from the South Australian Youth Arts Board (SAYAB) to undertake study with international jazz guitar masters in New York in 2009 2008- Awarded a project and development grant from the Helpmann Academy to undertake study with international jazz guitar masters in New York in 2009
Quentin Angus is a very talented young guitarist and composer with a great future ahead of him. - Jon Gordon
(Angus') statement on the guitar is very personal and unique. His debut record includes a collection of very adventurous, yet heartfelt, compositions.- Gilad Hekselman
(Quentin's) beautiful original compositions were matched with elegant, weaving improvisational resonances- Chris Braham (Performance Review- Jazz Notes)
(Angus's) guitar sparkled with adept and often high speed fingering- John McBeath (Performance Review- The Advertiser)
New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.