Michael Galeazzi : Curriculum Vitae




88 Denison Street, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022 H: 9389 6770 C: 0414 655 813 michaelgaleazzi@mac.com PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Mission statement

To promote a culture where creative practitioners are supported and enabled to reach their artistic and academic potential in educational environments. This is not only achieved through student service, but also through supporting the professional development of staff.

Research/Creative Practice Interest

Investigating jazz improvisational practice through exploring notions of hybridity and interculturality.

Masters research - employment of electronic music's technologically based repetitive and hypnotic forms to distill a jazz improvising aesthetic (humanising the digital terrain)

Doctoral studies - expanding modal jazz thought through codifying historical and cultural ways of engaging melodic (and rhythmic) mode and scale functionality

Professional Practice

I am a bassist, composer and producer working in the contemporary music field, most notably with my own jazz ensemble The Java Quartet (a compositional vehicle), pop/folk group Karma County, and indigenous icon Jimmy Little.



Specialist in contemporary music education and performance

Staff management and support

Quality management in unit creation and delivery (graduate attributes - learning outcomes - weighted assessment events) Course development

Performance teaching and assessment Research active

Supervision (MMus)

External examining (MMus theses and recitals)


Composer (Publisher Alberts)

Label Owner (Dharma records) Producer

Artist (ARIA award winner and APRA nominated)

Bassist Performer


Coordinator of Graduate Studies, 11/2010 to Current

WORK HISTORY Australian Institute of Music (AIM) Foveaux street, Surry Hills

Implementation of Graduate Studies Administration

AIM launched a new graduate Program in 2011. This necessitated the establishment of administrative processes. Please find listed below the tools used to facilitate the administration of this new program.

Pre-semester proposals

I have developed the pre-semester proposal as a core document in the negotiation of both major study and research project supervision for both new and continuing candidates.



Coordination and administration of supervision

Assignment of supervision (and supervision of) contemporary performance majors

Development of mid-semester reports

I have restructured this very useful tool to monitor both student progress and supervisor management

Creation of assessment calculators

Creation and development for Major Study recitals, Seminar Presentation moderation, and Research Project examination

Creation and Development of Written Documentation guides for performance (Classical and Contemporary) and composition majors

Coordination of examinations/examiners for

Major Study recitals and folio examinations (internal, external examiners) Research Project and thesis examination (internal, external examiners) Seminar Presentation assessment

Compilation and moderation of marking (performance and research) Presentation of results to Examination Results Committee

Teaching duties


Graduate ensemble Supervision of candidates

Graduate Unit Development

As a part of my duties I have developed the following units through the prism of quality management considering the relationship of:

Graduate attributes Learning outcomes Assessment events

Introduction of Week 3 Proposals

These documents not only function as an assessment tool, but also to gauge student planning, monitor resource use (studio bookings etc.) and identify ethical considerations relating to their research and creative practice

New elective unit M5GA1 Graduate Arranging Techniques - developed with the academic coordinator M Costa

New elective unit M5GP1 Research Methodologies to support a client base of creative practitioners entering graduate study

New elective unit M5GP1 Graduate Special Project to recognise significant external work of graduate students

The amendment of M5FM1 Graduate Film Music in consultation with G White and P Johnston

Redesign of M5RP4 (Research Project 4 - thesis (ii)) Week 3 Proposal assessment event to evidence focus of thesis topic


Redesign of M5RP3 assessment event to better reflect the mid point of thesis writing – engaging a revised (and focused) research proposal and annotated bibliography as assessment tools

Undergraduate Program contributions Performance Studies

The introduction of performance assessment calculators With the contemporary academic coordinator I managed the creation, administration, and staff training for the dissemination of this assessment tool at 6 unit levels. These calculator worksheets delivered more transparent assessment and formative feedback to the student population.

Restructuring of learning outcomes and unit content

With the contemporary academic coordinator I overhauled all learning outcomes for the program (units 1-6, considering lower to higher order thinking skills – Blooms Revised Taxonomy) and rearranged assessment events

I was responsible for the creation of a new Unit 6 to highlight the summative nature of the last of this suite of 6 units.

I was responsible for the redesign of Unit 3 (Jazz) to address the core skills that our clients needed to learn from the jazz repertoire at stage 3.

Currently I am involved with re-structuring the delivery of units 1 and 2 to address issues regarding how our foundation level students learn to learn – especially with regard to written music and ensemble leadership and performance.

Teaching Duties

Performance Studies lectures 1, 2, 6 Concert Practice 1 and 6


Sessional Staff Member, 01/2008 to 12/2008 TAFE Harris Street Ultimo

Delivery of teaching modules in the music program - Certificate II, III and IV

Improvisation and Accompaniment Music Industry Studies

Sessional Staff Member, 01/2006 to 11/2010

Australian Institute of Music (AIM) Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

Lecturing and teaching in the Contemporary Department

Bass tuition Ensembles

Concert Practice Performance Studies

Deputy Head of the Contemporary Department, 10/2005 to 05/2006 Australian Institute of Music (AIM) Foveaux Street Surry Hills

Implementation of newly accredited Bachelor and Diploma of Music awards

Oversaw transition from old awards (diploma and bachelor of music) to new


Transitioned the contemporary department from a two semester program to a three trimester program (per academic year)

Implementation of new units of study in diploma and degree award

Staffing and timetabling the new program

Academic counseling for students

Surveying student body and compiling feedback

Programming and staffing of ensemble groups (30) including examinations in an external venue Creation of assessment templates for instrumental exams

Timetabling examinations and results compilation

Represented AIM in promotional events

Represented AIM in VETAB negotiations to re-certify Certificate courses

Re-wrote certificate courses (II & III) with the Head of AIM High

Sessional Staff Member, 01/2002 to 10/2005

Australian Institute of Music (AIM) Foveaux Street Surry Hills

Contemporary Department AIM

Bass tuition


Music Industry Studies classes

Sessional Staff Member, 01/2001 to 06/2005 TAFE Harris Street Ultimo

Delivery of music modules - Cert. II, III and IV

Booking Procedures and Administration Performance Techniques

Music Industry Studies

Working In The Music Industry

OH&S Negotiation Skills

Bass Tuition, 01/1991 to 12/2000 Various Various

Individual bass tuition at my home studio and at various locations including

Bondi Junction Guitar and Music Tuition Kambala

St Ignatious College

Turramurra music


Ph.D.: Music, Current

Macquarie University - North Ryde

Topic. Extending Contemporary Modal Thought In Jazz Supervisors Adrian McNeil and Andrew Alter

Master of Music (Performance), 2009

Sydney Conservatorium of Music - Macquarie Street Sydney

Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, 2003 TAFE - Harris Street Ultimo

Associate Diploma (Jazz), 1993


Sydney Conservatorium of Music - Macquarie Street Sydney AWARDS

2000 ARIA Award

"Best Adult Contemporary Release"
Into The Land Of Promise (Karma County)

2002 APRA Nomination

"Most Performed Jazz Work"
for the composition Shadow Dancing (The Java Quartet)

2008 Elise Herman scholarship

Sydney Conservatorium of Music


The Java Quartet

The Java Quartet is a jazz ensemble created for my compositional output. Since 1995 the group has garnered critical acclaim both in Australia and internationally, including an appearance at the 1997 Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) and reviews in Cadence Magazine (New York) and The Penguin Guide To Jazz. In 2002 "Shadow Dancing” received an APRA nomination for Most Performed Jazz Work from the Java Quartet's fourth album Dark Garden.

Audio and video samples, and critical reviews, are available at www.javaquartet.com.au

Publications (Creative)

2010, Dharma Records (distributed through Vitamin) Deep Blue Sea, 2005, Dharma Records (distributed through Vitamin) Dark Garden, 2001, ABC Jazz (Universal)

Passages, 1998, Rufus Records (Polygram)

Glow, 1997, Rufus Records (Polygram)

Slumber For Nordic Wonder, 1995, Dharma Records (independent)

A new record is recorded and will be released in 2014. This work incorporates aspects of creative practice research conducted at Macquarie University.

The group have performed at numerous venues and festivals including:

For SIMA - Sound Lounge/Side On Cafe/Strawberry Hills Hotel Bennetts Lane (Melbourne)

Queensland Music Festival (Spiegeltent - Recorded Live for ABC Radio) Darling Harbour Jazz Festival

Manly Jazz Festival Wangaratta Jazz Festival Bellingen Jazz Festival Darwin Music Festival Armidale Jazz Society Albury/Wadonga Jazz Club Canberra University

Live in the studio recordings for broadcast on ABC Jazztracks (Harris Street Studio) The Governor Hindmarsh (Adelaide)

Basement Sydney

Sydney Conservatorium (master recital series)

Venue 505 Camelot


Recent performance/research activity

July 2013 Java Quartet performance with Bobby Singh (tabla) and Morganics (spoken word and hip hop artist) at Venue 505 (recorded for Eastside Radio broadcast)

June 2013 APRA Workshop "Songwriter Speaks" (jazz) at Southern Cross University

May 2013 Performance at UNSW "Movement and Music" workshops with Sandy Evans and Bobby Singh

May 2013 "A Requiem for Improvisation" - a guided improvisation for large ensemble by Sandy Evans

Research Presentations at Macquarie University (November 2012) and the Australian Institute Of Music (September 2013)

December 2012 Recording new works at Macquarie University July 2012 Java Quartet performance for SIMA (Soundlounge)




Founding member with Brendan Gallagher and Stuart Eadie. With albums Last Stop Heavenly Heights, Olana, Into The land Of Promise, Happy Birthday Dear Customer, and Pacifico (with a track featuring the vocals of Australian screen legend Bryan Brown), Karma County have become a mainstay of the Australian music scene. Into The land Of Promise earned the group an ARIA for Best Adult Contemporary Release, 2000. The group have performed in Germany, Italy, US, UK and Canada.


Live performances including:


THE FIELD – Celtic/bluegrass instrumental group

CHRIS FIELDS GROUP – intercultural improvisation ensemble

CAMILLE O'SULLIVAN - international festival chanteuse - seasons at The Famous Spiegeltent in Opera House forecourt, Opera House Studio, and Auckland Festival.

VAN DYKE PARKS – Australian Tour

SANDY EVANS TRIO – Indian fusion project

MUCHO MAMBO - 18-piece mambo orchestra featuring Monica Trapaga.

JIMMY LITTLE, Australian music icon.

KHAN BROTHERS promoting their album “Love Melts Fear” – Inertia records

SYDNEY THEATER COMPANY production of Brecht's “Mother Courage and Her Children”
directed by Robyn Nevin (musical director Alan Johns).

MUSICAL DIRECTOR for "Tapestry"- CAROL KING tribute - national tour of featuring Vicka and Linda Bull, Jenny Morris, Gina Jefferys and Deborah Conway.

FABULOUS RHYTHM BOYS -Big band show featuring Drew Anthony and Leone Paige

2WS FM STROLLING BONES promotion for the breakfast show's Jonsey and Amanda – bass
player and trainer of band

PUTTING IT ON – Sondheim production at the Seymour Center.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR for Channel V 2005 ARIA Awards Red Carpet Band.

NATIONS BY THE RIVER Indie super group featuring members of Gelbison and The Sleepy Jackson and Sarah Blasko

BAD BOY JOHNNY AND THE PROPHETS OF DOOM - rock musical at the Enmore Theater featuring Christine Anu

COCKTAIL LOUNGE featuring Lionel Robinson - Manly and Thredbo Jazz Festivals
WHAT'S WRONG WITH BINGO? - Touring nationally with The Sandman and Flacco

CLUB LUNA - house band for comedy nights at The Basement


RAT PACK show featuring Paul McDermott, Mikey Robbins and The Sandman

DAVE MASON [The Reels] RONN MOSS Australian national tour (from "Bold and the Beautiful") 2002




Sessions include:

Charlie Chan – KILLING TIME soundtrack, Channel 7.

Jimmy Little – MESSENGER – ARIA award winning gold album , RESONATE and LIFE'S WHAT YOU MAKE IT [Festival/Mushroom.]

Bernie Hayes – HOMEBODY – SMH album of the week [Half A Cow Records]

Dave Mason - Adult cont. [Liberation Blue and Mushroom]

Dead Marines
– [Vitamin Records]

King Curly - Pop/Adult [ABC]

Pippa and Simon - Pop/Folk [Fest.]

Trudy Aspelling - World/Jazz [Ind.]

Grace Knight - Adult cont. [Ind]


The Big Top - ABC

Under The Grandstand - SBS

In Siberia Tonight - SBS

Burt Newton Show – Ch 10

Today Show – Ch 9

Kerrie Anne Kennerly - Ch 9

James O'Laughlan - ABC

Good News Week – ABC and Ch 10 Recovery - ABC

Studio 22 - ABC

The Joint - Ch V

APRA 75th Anniversary – Ch V


WOMAD (Adelaide, UK, NZ, Germany, US) Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) Australian Film Expo-Rome, Italy

Big Day Out


East Coast Blues and Roots Festival Auckland Festival

Woodford Folk Festival

Apollo Bay Music Festival

City Of Sydney Festival

Adelaide Cabaret and Fringe

Queensland Music Festival

Perth City Festival. Port Fairy Folk Festival Thredbo Jazz Festival

Manly Jazz Festival

Bellingen Jazz Festival

Livid Festival

Corroboree 2000

Hemispheres Festival


Noosa Film Festival

Australian Expo Hannover (Germany) Survival (Australia Day)

Bryan Brown Film Festival