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WAYJO’s immensely talented and passionate Artistic Team are the foundation of our program. They provide the knowledge, musicianship and inspiration for our orchestras, ensuring that each musician develops and improves their skills throughout the year.
Mace Francis – Artistic Director and Musical Director, Wednesday Night Orchestra
Mace has been involved with WAYJO since 2000 as both a musician and Musical Director. Since 2004 he has produced and managed numerous concerts, three CD releases and two extensive national tours with his own 14-piece Mace Francis Orchestra. His passion for large ensemble jazz music is apparent through his many musical achievements and awards. In 2004 Mace won the international composition award Scrivere in Jazz– open age section, held in Sassari, Italy. In 2010 he was a finalist in the MCA Freedman Fellowship performing at the Sydney Opera House. Mace has completed a Bachelor of Music – Jazz (Composition & Arranging) with First Class Honours at WAAPA in 2004 and is currently a lecturer in Composition at WAAPA.
Marty Pervan – Musical Director, Tuesday Night Orchestra
For the past 20 years Marty has performed as a musician, taught brass and improvisation in several WA schools, directed large school and community ensembles, composed, arranged and recorded professionally. Marty’s musical versatility has enabled him to engage in a diverse range of genres from New Orleans style brass (Chameleon Brass Band), Latin (Sabroson), jazz (Hip Mo Toast), dub (Sunshine Brothers), funk/soul (Funk Club House Band and P Family), original music (Cinema Prague, Prawns with Horns and Air Ensemble) and recent performances with Renee Geyer and Paul Grabowski
Ricki Malet – Musical Director, Monday Night Orchestra
Ricki Malet started on trumpet at age 10 and was accepted into WAAPA at age 15 where he completed his Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) in 2003. Over the last 10 years he has performed all over Perth with various bands covering lots of different styles and has toured extensively including tours to Europe in 2002 with original band Prawns with Horns, New York in 2006 with WAYJO, Melbourne in 2006 with the Mace Francis Orchestra (MFO) and in 2007 with Funk outfit The Roast as well as a national tour with MFO in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Artistic Advisory Committee
WAYJO’s Artistic Advisory Committee is a valuable source of expert assistance in the areas of jazz, big band music, industry networks and the music business. We are very proud to have such a distinguished team of musicians on hand to help WAYJO.