Vincent Giles is a composer and improviser from Melbourne. A primarily self-taught jazz musician, he has turned his attention to composition, studying under Dr Thomas Reiner, Peter McIlwain, Dr Russell Goodwin, Tim Dargavill and Myles Mumford at the School of Music Conservatorium, Monash University, with guest tuition by Barry Conyngham. He achieved the Bachelor of Music in 2011 and is planning to continue studying at the honours and postgraduate levels.
Vincent has played professionally around Melbourne and Victoria since he finished high school in 2003 performing folk music, pop/rock, jazz, blues and the avant-garde. In 2009, his avant-garde trio Fracture released an album on the Clinical Archives netlabel which was well received.
A passionate interest in the musics of central and south-east Asia spurred Vincent on a quarter-year backpacking trip though India, Thailand, Laos and Bali to experience the music in its original cultural setting and this experience can be heard in his compositions. He also has a very profound interest in Australia's musical identity, and seeks to explore what might be the quintessential sound of Australia through his compositions.
Vincent has been influenced by the music of John Cage, Toru Takemitsu, Igor Stranvinsky, Erik Satie, Claude Debussy, John McLaughlin, Charles Mingus and many others. His compositions are regularly performed around Australia and internationally.
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