Sat 1 Jun 2019

Displacement references the migrant experience when one’s sense of home and community feels somewhat displaced due to the uprooting of one’s life, particularly within an Australian narrative.

The latest work from Melbourne based musician, Josh Kelly, Displacement draws from personal experiences especially within the context of moving countries himself.

Commissioned specifically for Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Displacement seamlessly melds composed elements with featured improvisations to create a soundscape which blurs the lines between the known and unknown.

Josh works across the broad spectrum of jazz, and has regularly performed locally and internationally with groups and artists as diverse as 30/70 Collective, Allysha Joy and his own jazz trio. At the 2019 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Josh will present the premiere performance of Displacement, a work that will feature some of Melbourne’s finest musicians.

"I am honoured to be selected as the 2019 PBS Young Elder of Jazz. I have been working hard on my craft consistently for the past eight years since moving to Melbourne, and to receive this kind of support and recognition is just incredible for me. Displacement will investigate the migrant experience and draw upon concepts from French Impressionist music, applied to improvisation. I cannot wait to share the results with the world at the festival in 2019!"

Tickets are available here.

The PBS Young Elder of Jazz is supported through the generosity of Mark Newman


PBS Presents seven selected shows from The 22nd MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL. 

For over two decades, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival has showcased the world’s best jazz, right here in Melbourne. MIJF is now Australia’s pre-eminent jazz festival, recognized internationally for the creativity and depth of its programming. PBS 106.7 FM are proud to present 7 selected events from the 2019 MIJF festival, from Modern Masters, Explorations in Jazz, 170 Russell, Melbourne Recital Centre and Jazzlab Club Sessions. 

Full program here.