STAFF AT MCM GUITAR
DR. KEN MURRAY
Head of Guitar at MCM
Ken Murray has developed a singular path as a guitarist combining performance, composition, teaching and research. He has championed and recorded Spanish music from the early twentieth century, worked extensively with contemporary composers and has been active as a performer of Brazilian and South American musical styles. As a composer he has written a variety of works for guitar in solo and ensemble settings.
Murray has a strong commitment to performing contemporary music and has performed in premiere performances of over 100 works. An integral part of his activities has been working with Australian composers. He enjoys ongoing collaborations with composers who have written for him works for solo guitar, electric guitar and CD, electric guitar and ensemble, guitar and voice, large chamber works and music theatre pieces featuring guitar. His CDs and concerts have been broadcast on ABC FM and he has performed on the Austrian label Kairos, Mode Records (USA), Move, Tall Poppies and ABC Classics.
He performs internationally with Ensemble Three with Joel Brennan (trumpet) and Don Immel (trombone). Through their performances in Australia and overseas, a dedication to commissioning new works, and an ever-expanding catalogue of recordings, Ensemble Three has established itself as “an inspiring example of forward-thinking classical music culture in Australia” (CutCommon).
Murray graduated PhD from the University of Melbourne, where he is Senior Lecturer and Head of Guitar at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
DOUG DE VRIES
Contemporary Guitar Teacher
In a career spanning four decades Doug de Vries has long been one of Australia’s foremost guitarists and a significant composer for the guitar, excelling in many musical genres. Primarily a jazz guitarist he launched his career alongside Australian jazz singer Vince Jones with whom he worked throughout the 1980s developing a strong identity as a soloist, accompanist and arranger. He recorded his first self-titled CD in 1990 heralding in his solo career showing his eclecticism and versatility in styles ranging from ‘straight ahead’ bebop and swing, blues and acoustic guitar genres such as celtic finger-style and Brazilian guitar.
In 1991 he was given the Australian Critics Award for best guitarist among a field including Tommy Emmanuel and George Golla. His composing and arranging skills were coming to the fore at this time resulting in a commissioned work for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 1996 as part of the Metropolis series for new works.
Doug is considered Australia’s leading exponent of Brazilian guitar repertoire and
recently released a solo album of original works and classic Brazilian repertoire, DdV Solo. He is particularly noted for his sophisticated accompaniments, deep knowledge, and daring improvisations whether in solo or group settings.
From 2000 onwards Doug created a series of self-produced recordings on his own label Editions DdV, exploring contemporary and traditional Brazilian music in various settings from large chamber music to trio and duo formats alongside his musical and life partner, singer Diana Clark. Together they formed a strong musical alliance and worked closely with Melbourne’s diverse community in forging big events and forums along with the Boite and major Australian festivals.
Classical Guitar Teacher
Daniel McKay studied extensively with Australia’s most highly respected guitar pedagogue Timothy Kain, with whom he earned the degrees of Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the Australian National University.
In recent years Daniel has toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and Europe as both soloist and chamber musician, and has released warmly received CDs with violinist Zoë Black [d’aujourd’hui on Move Records], Duo 19 [Fluid Lines on Move Records], Guitar Trek [Asturias: The Spirit of Spain on ABC Classics and Six Fish on Tall Poppies] and a self-titled solo CD featuring works of Dusan Bogdanovic, Leo Brouwer, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Alexandre Tansman and Astor Piazzolla.
In demand as a teacher, Daniel has been a guest tutor for a number of Australia’s leading institutions, festivals and guitar societies. Prior to relocating to Melbourne Daniel taught for many years in the pre-tertiary area of Australia’s leading guitar department at the Australian National University, School of Music, and is now on staff at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne, in addition to The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Daniel is a member of the Melbourne Guitar Quartet, for whom he has completed numerous groundbreaking transcriptions for guitar family by a variety of composers of the modern age from Maurice Ravel and Terry Riley to Bill Frisell and Neko Case.
Electric Bass Teacher
Since the age of five Evripides has studied mandolin, piano, clarinet, saxophone, bouzouki, guitar and bass and holds a bachelor of music from the University of Melbourne Victorian College of Arts, majoring in Classical and Jazz guitar Performance. Influenced by the strong rhythms and melodies of a Mediterranean culture, the freedom of Jazz, the discipline and elegance of Classical and Flamenco styles of music, he has found his 'sound', and fulfillment in expression, through his original compositions performed on a vast selection of multi string basses and guitars. As a producer, arranger and performer he has worked with an amazing array of artists such as James Morrison, Jane Rutter, David Hirschfelder, Antonio Sanchez, Virgil Donati and many more.
He has gained a reputation as an inventive and electrifying player who takes bass and guitar playing to the extreme through the innovative use of loops and electronic effects. Evripides is also the owner and producer at ‘Emotion Studios’ where he produces music for TV, Radio, Film and many other artists from all over the globe.
Breadth Lecturer and Tutor
Adam May is a Melbourne based musician with a Master of Music (ethnomusicology/musicology) from The University of Melbourne. A Brazilian music expert, Adam is a founding member of two of Melbourne’s premier Brazilian ensembles, ‘Trio Agogo’ and ‘Sexteto Zona Sul’, in which he plays Brazilian seven-string guitar and cavaquinho (Brazilian soprano guitar). From 2006 to 2008, Adam lived and travelled throughout Brazil researching and performing national and regional styles of music. He has performed alongside prominent Brazilian musicians Roberta Valente, Marcio Bahia and Zé Barbeiro.
In March 2015 Adam’s guitar duo,‘DUO AGOGO’ became the first Australian guitarists to be invited to perform at the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival in Mexico. In 2016 Adam presented a paper and a lecture-recital about Brazilian Guitar music, at the International Guitar Research Centre in Surrey, U.K.
Adam’s current projects include DUO AGOGO, Trio Agogo and the Yarra Guitar Quartet, along with tutoring and lecturing at The University of Melbourne.
ROSE M GONZÁLEZ
Breadth Lecturer and Tutor
Rose is a fingerstyle classical guitarist with a love for solo Latin American guitar music, where classical and contemporary popular guitar styles meet. Rose's musical influences and mentors encompass the rich musical cultures that span Australia to Latin America, and she has been inspired by the thriving guitar cultures of these places.
Rose's devotion to the guitar started from a young age and has continued into tertiary level education. In 2018, she completed the Masters in Music Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under the esteemed guitarist Dr Ken Murray (Head of Guitar).
Aside from her work as a soloist, Rose founded the octet Hermeto Magnético in 2018, and established the beloved Guitar Kingdom residency in 2019 for regular concert opportunities for emerging and established guitarists in Melbourne.