Nadia Burgess


Nadia Burgess was born in South Africa. She moved to Australia in 1983 and works as composer, pianist and teacher in Sydney.  She has studied jazz and composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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“Black,” from Blue, Black and White, concerto for jazz quartet and orchestra.

“Black” from “Blue, Black and White,” Concerto for Jazz Quartet and Orchestra, was composed in 2011. It is a ballad in slow 4/4 time in C minor and depicts a ‘black’ state of mind with emotions such as sadness, despair, loneliness and sense of loss. A fusion of contemporary art music and jazz is aimed for. Inspiration has come from film composers Alan Silvestri and David Arnold.

Featured in Playlist 11 – Saxophone Waves (30/11/2015)