Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Curwin, Julian (David)
Curwin, Julian (David), guitarist, composer; b. Sydney, Australia, 14 January 1979. Parents are Vernon (b. 1940) and Erna (b. 1942) and his sister is Alexandra (b. 1975). All three were musical but none pursued music too seriously.
Julian started on violin at age 3. He played trumpet and saxophone for a few years each, but at age 9 he developed a stronger interest in the oboe and studied it through high school, achieving his Associate of Music in 1995. Around 1992, Julian started to play electric and acoustic guitar. He was self-taught until he got a scholarship to do his Bachelor of Music at the University of NSW, and studied with Damien Robison as part of the university program (1997-99). After achieving his BMus, he also had some lessons with Jeremy Sawkins (from Wanderlust).
In early 1998, Julian co-founded Monsieur Camembert, a band taking a modern approach to gypsy, klezmer and jazz styles. Their 2001 album 'Live On Stage' received an ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) Award for Best World Music Album. Julian also initiated a project of his own called Germ Theory, attempting to incorporate his wide musical interests, from free improvisation to intricate composition and arrangement. He also performs, composes and arranges with such groups as The Tango Saloon, Darth Vegas, The Fantastic Terrific Munkle, Gauche and Gl;tch Jukebox.
Monsieur Camembert: Live At The Basement (1999); Monsieur Camembert: Live On Stage (2001); Gauche: Sigh (2003); Darth Vegas: Darth Vegas (2003); Gauche: Paints Lane (2005); Julian Curwin: The Tango Saloon (2005); Monsieur Camembert: Monsieur Camembert (2005); Gl;tch Jukebox: Gl;tch Jukebox (2006); The Fantastic Terrific Munkle: The Cahoots (2006); Gauche: Siesta Cinema (2006)
Radio and television broadcasts:
Various live radio performances including Radio National, ABC Radio, SBS Radio, FBi Radio;
'Fusions', SBS TV November 2000
Tours to Melbourne, Brisane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, etc.