Hexis (The Monash Art Ensemble: George Lewis) 1 - Unnamed

Fresh off the back of their recent Australian Jazz Award win for BEST AVANT GARDE Album of the Year, the groundbreaking Monash Art Ensemble release a brilliant new album, Hexis.

American composer and faculty member at Columbia University, George Lewis arranged the works specifically for the Ensemble, as part of Monash University’s International Artist In Resident program.

The ensemble is lead by Paul Grabowsky (piano) with Lewis on trademark Trombone as well as electronics, and the Australian Art Orchestra with select students and esteemed staff from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.

A most exhilarating and fascinating recording.



The Australian Art Orchestra


Eugene Ball  - Trumpet 

Lachlan Davidson  -  Alto sax, piccolo, flute

Frank Di Sario  -  Double Bass 

Tony Hicks  -  Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet

Lizzy Welsh - Violin

Gian Slater  - Voice


Sir Zelman Cowen School Of Music

Rob Burke - Tenor, Soprano and Sopranino Saxophones

Paul Cornelius -  Tenor and Soprano Saxophones 

Niran Dasika - Trumpet 

Paris Favilla - Alto Saxophone

Joe McEvilly - Alto/Bari Saxophone

Robert Mercer - Drums

Jordan Murray - Trombone 

Joe O'Connor  - Piano 

Jonathan Skourletos - Guitar 

Lara Wilson - Percussion


Paul Grabowsky – Piano on Angry Bird

George Lewis – Trombone, samples and computer on Angry Bird


Angry Bird and Fractals directed by Paul Grabowsky 

Tractatus and Triangle directed by George Lewis


Recorded 17/18 August 2013

Music Auditorium, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.

Mixed at Allan Eatons Studio, St. Kilda. Mastered at Sing Sing, Richmond.  

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Ross Cockle.


The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music thanks:

Australian Art Ensemble

Monash Academy of Performing Arts

Vizard Foundation

Vice Chancellor Professor Ed Byrne

Dean of Arts - Professor Rae Frances


Special Thanks to Andrew Vizard

Thanks to Peter Knight and Ann Moir from AAO

Monash Art Ensemble Administrator Merryn Tinkler


All compositions and arrangements by George Lewis

George Lewis on behalf of Columbia University


Produced by Paul Grabowsky



*** Jazzhead and this project have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Track Listing Show

  1. Fractals
  2. Angry Bird
  3. Tractatus
  4. Triangle
    All compositions and arrangements by George Lewis