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Joe Chindamo | Zoe Black

JOE CHINDAMO is musical polyglot in the tradition of Bernstein and Previn. He is routinely described as one of the best jazz pianists in the world, though his art transcends jazz, having composed concertos, chamber music and film music. He possesses an uncanny ability to personalise anything which enters his orbit, as is evident in his work with violinist and duo partner Zoe Black. 

With twenty three CDs in his wake, many of them topping charts in Japan, countless world tours and a plethora of awards, he can comfortably take his place amongst the best jazz pianists in the world. Joe's abilities and musical activities transcend jazz, as is demonstrated by his work with violin virtuoso Zoë Black, with whom he has formed a innovative duo and recorded two CDs entitled REIMAGININGS.  and DIDO'S LAMENT. 

A man with an international reputation, Joe has performed concerts all over the world. Of particular note, the Umbria Jazz Festival, The Tokyo Dome and The Lincoln Centre in New York. He also toured with famed US drummer Billy Cobham for over years. 

His formidable pianism has earned him admiration from amongst the classical elite. In 2008 Joe was invited to perform three concerts in italy by the celebrated classical pianist Michele Campanella. (Joe was invited back to perform in Naples by Campanella in 2011). The celebrated piano maker Paolo Fazioli heard Joe at the Umbria Jazz Festival and invited him to play at his auditorium in Venice as a result of an enthusiastic recommendation by the formidable Nikolai Demidenko. In Australia, Joe is routinely invited to perform at all the principal festivals and a host of other venues ranging from house concerts to jazz clubs to the Sydney Opera House ( where, along with James Morrison,  was a featured soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra )

Amongst a plethora of awards, Joe has twice won the MO award for Jazz Instrumental performer of the year, two BELL AWARDS for best album and the APRA award for best jazz composition of the year in 2009 for 'Something Will Come to Light."

More recently, Joe's unique gifts as a composer of chamber music have come to the fore. Joe has been commissioned to compose and arrange for chamber ensembles such as ACACIA Quartet, the Freshwater and Seraphim Trios, Sarah Curro, the Flinders Quartet, David Berlin and Wilma Smith. Two of his works for string orchestra were recently performed  by Australian Chamber Orchestra 2.

His Toccata for violin was chosen as the requisite Australian work by Anne Marie Johnston,  who performed it at the ABC Young performers' awards in 2013. An Australia Council Fellowship in 2003 facilitated his composing of a concerto for Accordion and Orchestra. His String quartet number 1 was premiered in june 2014. This was also funded by the Australia Council by way of a commission by Acacia quartet.  

He has recorded 23 CDs under his own name and collaborated on other recordings with distinguished artists such as James Morrison, Ray Brown (of Oscar Peterson fame) and the Brecker Brothers. He has worked with artists such diverse artists as Olivia Newton John ( on her album Warm and Tender) and Sofie von Otter in a special performance at the Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2011
In 2006, recorded a live solo DVD in Tokyo entitled Joe Chindamo in Japan. This was released in early 2007. In 2007, Joe was personally invited by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to perform at the Lodge for in Canberra for the signing in of his ministers. Later that evening Joe was invited to join the immediate family for their first dinner at their new abode. 

He has worked on more than 60 film soundtracks and his piano playing is featured on such iconic Australian films as PHARLAP, MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER II and THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING. 

Numerous of his recordings reached Number 1 on the Modern Jazz Charts in Japan. 


Won the 2002 MO award for Australian Jazz Instrumental Performer of the Year and nominated for the same award in 2003. 
Won the 2004 MO award for Australian Jazz Instrumental Performer of the Year. 
Awarded chairman's Bell award for outstanding achievement for 2004. 
Won the Bell award for best classic jazz album of 2006. "Live at Umbria Jazz 05". 
ABC television documentary made about his life and career, Joe Chindamo - Profile of a Jazz Pianist in 2000. 
In 2003 awarded 2 year FELLOWSHIP by Australia Council to compose, perform and study.
Won the ABC people's choice award for best jazz album of 1997, Anyone who had a heart (Burt Bacharach song book) and nominated for an ARIA award.
In 2009 Joe's tune Something Will Come To Light from his recording "The Romantic Project" won the APRA award for jazz composition of the year.

The First Take (aka A brief history of standards time - with US bassist Ray Brown) 

Reflected Journey (with Michael and Randy Brecker)

Anyone Who Had A Heart

Good Little Ploy (Joe Chindamo with String Orchestra)

Smokin' gun (with Graeme Lyall)

Love, Blues and Other Fiction  (with Graeme Lyall)



Joy of Standards

Joy of Standards Vol.2

Tender Is The Night (with Nina Ferro)

Joe Chindamo Live at Umbria Jazz 05

2X2 James Morrison and Joe Chindamo

Duende - The Romantic Project

Another Place, Some Other Time (music from the films of the Coen Brothers)

The Puccini Arias ( as yet untitled and due for release in 2010)

Answer Me My Love (due for release late 2009)

Luminous (A tribute to Mozart - HUSH - with Zoe Black) 2011

Reimaginings ( with Zoe Black) 2012

Dido's Lament ( with Zoe Black) 2013

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS  - Recorded and performed with Ray Brown, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Ernie Watts, Brian Bromberg, Lee Konitz, Chuck Findley, Frank Morgan, James Morrson, Graeme Lyall and US drummer Billy Cobham, with whom Joe made two CDs as sideman and toured the world 20 times throughout a ten year association. 

Also performed with  and Shirley Bassey, Ricky Lee Jones, Olivia Newton John, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Anne Sophie Von Otter. 

Worked as studio pianist on more than 60 film sountracks, including Babe, The Man From Snowy River II, A Cry in the Dark, Warlock, Missing in Action II. Hotel Sorrento and The Sound of One Hand Clapping. 

In 2000, began recording for the Sawano record company in Japan. The first release with Sawano, Joy of Standards, reach ed Number 1 in Japan's  HMV Modern Jazz Charts. 

Other releases also became best sellers in Japan. America – Joe Chindamo Trio plays the Paul Simon Song Book, Joy of Standards Vol.2, Paradiso and Anyone Who Had a Heart.

Joe has appeared at Umbria Jazz Winter in Orvieto Italy, Umbria Jazz in Perugia, Italy. He has also performed as soloist and/or with his trio in New York, India, France, Sweden, Denmark, Korea, Japan andTaiwan.  He also performed in Israel where  he gave a concert in Tel Aviv and a nationally televised solo recital at the Jerusalem Museum. 

In 2005, composed a modern orchestral work, Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra.

In 2006, recorded a live solo DVD in Tokyo entitled Joe Chindamo in Japan. This was released in early 2007. 

Also in 2006, supported jazz singer Dianne Reeves on her Australian tour in a solo set. 

In 2007, Joe was personally invited by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to perform at the Lodge for in Canberra for the signing in of his ministers. Later that evening Joe was invited to join the immediate family for their first dinner at their new abode. 

In 2014 Nominated for an ARIA award for best classical album for Dido's Lament, with Zoë Black


Zoë Black has performed throughout the world as soloist, chamber musician and as a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, with whom she held the position of Assistant Leader for five years.  During the past decade she has dedicated her energies to Chamber Music and was a founding member of Freshwater and Firebird Trios.  

Born in Melbourne, Australia, she graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1992, and was awarded grants from the Australia Council and Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Trust.  Winning a major Australian Musical Foundation award in London, she studied at the Guildhall School of Music under David Takeno, and subsequently at the Vienna Hochschule.  Zoë has performed in Moscow and Tanglewood; with the Juilliard, Guarneri and Takács Quartets; and in Israel with Shlomo Mintz.

Zoë Black plays a 1784 Guadagnini Violin, Turin - part of a matched set of Guadagnini instruments currently on loan to the Australian String Quartet through the generosity of Ulrike Klein, Maria Myers and Ngeringa Arts.