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Graduation is music to his ears


Jazz musician Joshua Dunn graduated with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours on Friday night.

His band Gadje performed at all of the Hobart graduation ceremonies, including his own.

Joshua, 21, is part of jazz trio Gadje (pronounced gad-gee). It is a Roma term for white people playing what was once termed "gypsy music". Joshua has played jazz guitar for about seven years.

Gadje member Oscar Neyland plays double bass and graduated from UTAS with a Bachelor of Music in 2011. Harry Edwards plays guitar and he is in his final year of study at the UTAS Conservatorium of Music.

Joshua wrote his Honours thesis on the music of Django Reinhardt, one of the world’s most popular jazz guitarists.

"Reinhardt was the first major jazz artist out of Europe- he essentially started a genre of 'gypsy jazz'.

"My thesis looked at the way Reinhardt’s music has been interpreted by modern musicians."

Joshua has always wanted to play music and wants to pursue it as a career. He enjoyed his studies at the Conservatorium.

"I was given the opportunity to start at my Bachelor degree in 2007 when I was 15, as part of the Conservatorium's Prelude Program - which is an excellent program that allows students to begin tertiary music studies as part of their college subjects," he said.

"There is such a great community of young people surrounding the Conservatorium who really appreciate different styles of music."

Joshua said he is now going to take time off soon to see some music overseas and perhaps study abroad too.

Image: Jazz trio Gadje, left to right: Harry Edwards, Oscar Neyland and Joshua Dunn.

Published on: 13 Aug 2012 9:57am