"Further, each member of the group presented a uniquely virtuosic voice, both audibly and aesthetically. Kelly’s commandment of the space through saxophone flourishes and solo statements so readily changed the dynamic, coercing the group into moments of calm before ascending into a thunderous cacophony"
-Melbourne. Arts. Fashion.
Joshua Kelly is an alto saxophonist currently based in Melbourne, Australia. He was born in South Africa and lived in New Zealand for 10 years, finally resettling to Melbourne in 2010 where he completed his Bachelor of Music at Monash University. This saw him study under the tutelage of Australian jazz luminaries, Tim Wilson, Julien Wilson and Scott Tinkler.
Josh considers his varied background important to his musical output, allowing for an array of influences. He currently leads three original contemporary jazz ensembles, The Josh Kelly Trio, Bloom and his Quartet (see projects), while he also collaborates with other bands across a variety of genres. Josh is a member of Melbourne neo-soul collective 30/70, and in 2016 he collaborated with The Panics on their album Hole in My Pocket (2016).
In September 2014, Josh participated in the Australian Art Orchestra's Creative Music Residency in Cairns. This residency was designed to facilitate collaboration between traditional Korean musicians and contemporary Australian improvisers. Josh found traditional Korean music to be profoundly moving and inspiring, and he saw the immense potential for applying traditional Korean music concepts to jazz and improvised music. Josh studied this topic as a part of his Honours study at VCA in 2015.
In addition to studying, Josh recorded on six albums in 2015 with Finding Isla, Ricochet, The Panics, Native Dog, The Grubs and Windari.
2016 saw him establish The Josh Kelly Trio alongside Maria Moles on drums and Hiroki Hoshino on bass, while performing alongside Melbourne neo-soul outfit 30/70. He also put out a recording entitled 'Fight or Flight' available here.
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