New North is an artist-run initiative, managed and curated by Callum G'Froerer, Andy Butler and Joe O'Connor.
Andy Butler (he/him) is a pianist and composer living in Melbourne. His work incorporates aspects of improvised, experimental, jazz, and avant-garde traditions. Andy is most active in collaborative projects. With the Phonetic Orchestra, he has performed an eight-hour sleep concert at Serralves em Festa (Porto, Portugal), a 24-hour intercontinental livestream (2020’s Silent Towns), and undertaken residencies with the Kitchen Orchestra (Stavanger, Norway) and Sonoscopia (Porto, Portugal). He has toured Australia and Denmark and made three records with the improvising trio Ellipsis, and performed in Melbourne and Berlin with experimental trio DRUM.
As a composer, Andy has written numerous works for these ensembles and other ad hoc projects, and was the composer in residence for the 2019 Audible Edge festival in Perth. He studies piano with Dr Donna Coleman and has performed as a solo pianist in Australia, Denmark and Germany. Earlier in his career, Andy performed as a jazz pianist with many of Australia’s leading jazz musicians and reached the semi-finals of the 2013 National Jazz Awards.
Callum G’Froerer (he/him) is a virtuosic trumpet player performing at the highest levels in jazz, classical, and new music performance. His practice encompasses: electro-acoustic and audio-visual works for double-bell trumpet; spatialisation of sound; and endurance performance.
Callum toured ‘The Sculpted Trumpet’ through Europe and Australia in 2017/18 playing commissioned works by composers including Liza Lim, Cat Hope, Ann Cleare, Sarah Nemtsov. He has collaborated with Anthony Pateras, James Rushford and Alice Humphries and managed new music chamber ensemble ‘Smallroom Berlin’ 2016-18. Callum has toured Europe with Kammerakademie Potsdam, Marco Blaauw’s Monochrome Ensemble and Elision Ensemble.
Joe O’Connor (he/him) is an acclaimed improvising pianist and composer, with a diverse portfolio in chamber composition, jazz and experimental improvisation. He holds a PhD in Jazz Performance, though his recent work has centred on studio composition that combines traditional instruments with an extended sound palette including extended/inside piano techniques, field recordings, samples and digital manipulations. Joe's debut collection of electro-acoustic composition was released on People Sounds as the album SOFT in 2020.
Joe won the 2013 National Jazz Award, the 2014 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Musician of the Year, and the 2016 PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission which enabled a collaboration between his trio and trumpet luminary Scott Tinkler. His compositions have been performed by the Bennetts Lane Big Band; Penny Quartet (MRC, Musica Viva); ACME (Melbourne Festival, Due West); Monash Art Ensemble; and Arts Centre Melbourne’s 5x5x5 program
Joe also moonlights as a trombonist.