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"(Quentin's) compositions and playing are rooted in the best of the jazz tradition, while eagerly embracing modern concepts. Angus and his band play with maturity and fluidity."- John Riley
"Quentin Angus is a very talented young guitarist and composer with a great future ahead of him." - Jon Gordon
At only 24 years old, Quentin Angus is "already building an international reputation with his brilliant compositional work that is both personal and adventurous" (APRA Art Music Awards 2012).
Angus has received much international and national recognition, including; three 'International Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards' in the categories of 'Jazz Soloist' (2012), and 'Jazz Composition' (2011/ 2012), an 'ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award' (2012), was one of 20 musicians from around the globe selected for the 2011 'Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency' , and was the inaugural winner of the 'Award for Excellence in Jazz' at the '2012 APRA Art Music Awards'.
Quentin recorded his debut, critically acclaimed album 'Retrieval Structure' in August 2011. The CD has been a 'featured album' on ABC Jazz Radio, a 'Download of the Day' on AllAboutJazz.com, while also receiving regular airplay in Europe, the USA and Australia. The album has been described as;
"...a statement of bold beauty, artistry and ability..." – Doug Munro
"..Stellar playing from all. I recommend it highly..."- John Abercrombie
"...I found myself engaged right from the start. Definitely makes me want to hear more jazz from South Australia..."- All About Jazz
"...Quentin and his band play with maturity and fluidity. The compositions and playing are rooted in the best of the Jazz tradition while eagerly embracing modern concepts. Give it a listen!"- John Riley
Angus has toured as a band leader in Belgium, Holland, Romania and Turkey at events such as the Jazz Hoeilaart Festival (2011), Bucharest International Jazz Festival (2012) and the EUROPAfest (2012). Aside from European performances, Angus has taken the stage in Australia, Japan, the USA, and New Zealand, with notable events and venues including; The Kennedy Centre (USA) Adelaide International Guitar Festival (Australia), Cornelia Street Cafe and Smalls Jazz Club (New York), Mt Barker Jazz Festival, and the Adelaide FRINGE. This has included performing/ recording with artists such as; Kevin Hays, Jon Gordon, John Abercrombie, Bob Mintzer, Colin Stranahan, Linda Oh, Gilad Hekselman, Rogerio Boccato, Wolfgang Muthspiel, James Morrison and Michelle Nichole.
Angus is the author of three transcription books of Gilad Hekselman's Improvisations from all of his albums; 'Split-Life', 'Words Unspoken' and 'Hearts Wide Open', has been published in the NZMiC music journal, and has presented research papers on his transcriptions of Hekselman and John Abercrombie at music conferences in New Zealand and Australia.
Quentin holds a Masters Degree with a perfect GPA of 4.0 from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music (NY), graduated with 'First Class Honours' from the University of Adelaide, and was named; ‘Most Outstanding Jazz Guitar Undergraduate’ (2006), ‘Most Outstanding Postgraduate Music Student’ (2009), and received the 2010 'Keith Michell Performance Award', from the Helpmann Academy. Through his studies Angus has had the opportunity to work with an impressive list of jazz greats, including; John Abercrombie, Todd Coolman, Hal Galper, Pat Martino and Adam Rodgers.