Jessica Laird completed her Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Melbourne Conservatorium in 2011. In 2013, she finished her Masters of Music (Performance Teaching) where she specialised on Alto flute under the guidance of Mardi McSullea. In 2013, Jessica also completed a Diploma of Education (Secondary) from La Trobe University. Under the guidance of Peter Sheridan, Jessica has been the first flutist from the Melbourne Conservatorium to complete an Honours specialising on the Alto Flute.
Jessica has a keen interest in new music and has enjoyed collaborating with local composers. She has had the opportunity to premiere works by Australian composers in events such as the Annual Melbourne Composers Concert, Music Society of Victoria Composers Concert and 3MBS’ ‘The Talent’ Series which have been broadcasted live with 3MBS. Jessica has worked closely with Australian composer, Kitty Xiao, premiering original compositions as a member of Nimbus Trio. Jessica features on c flute, alto flute and bass flute on Nimbus Trio's debut album, Novum (Move, 2017). She has recorded as an assisting artist on Peter Sheridan's CD recording Sonorous Sonatas (Move 2014), which has been broadcasted with ABC, and has had the privilege of performing with him at the 2011 and 2013 Australian Flute Festival. Jessica has also recorded and performed as a guest artist with the Monash University Flute Ensemble in Fantasie Australis (Move, 2013). Jessica's interest in new expression through sound exploration and improvisation is reflected in The Laird Project, a collaborative duo formed with her husband, contemporary saxophonist, Rohan Laird.
Jessica has performed in the Victorian Flute Guild Ensemble Competitions and received first prizes in the duo, small ensemble and large ensemble sections. She has performed in a wide array of ensembles ranging from Wind Symphonys, to flute ensembles to Fusion Stage bands and various rock, funk, jazz and gospel ensembles. Jessica enjoys varying forms of contemporary music and has recorded improvisations for a hip hop recording. She has been an active church musician in her local church and enjoys giving back to the community by performing in local charity events and nursing homes.
Jessica has been a member of Performing Arts Headquarters Theatre Company since 2000, performing in many musical productions, including several interstate and regional tours. Her passion for the performing arts has earned her the Tricia Singleton award ‘For achieving personal excellence in their execution of their role in the production’ twice and earned her a role in the production team of the company. Jessica’s dedication to the performing arts has led to many invitations to play with theatre companies including Savoy Opera Company, UMMTA Theatre Company and Ormond College Theatre Company. Jessica loves sharing her passion for music and the arts with others. She is currently the woodwind teacher at Mount St. Joseph Girls’ College and flute teacher at St Michaels Grammar.
Melbourne based contemporary classical group, Nimbus Trio consists of flutist, Jessica Laird, violinist Cameron Jamieson and composer/pianist Kitty Xiao. Lovers of new music, the ensemble performs emerging music of Australian composers including Kitty's original compositions.
The name Nimbus was derived from Kitty's award winning composition 'Nimbus' which brought the ensemble together in 2013. A Nimbus cloud carries potential of change that lead to new beginnings. The name reflects the group's dedication to creative collaboration and it's potential within emerging classical music. Nimbus Trio made their debut at Deakin Edge in Federation Square, which was broadcasted live on 3MBS'. They have performed at various venues in Melbourne and featured in 3MBS' the Talent.
Jessica Laird flutes
Cameron Jamieson violin
Kitty Xiao composer-pianist
the laird project
Combining the colours of saxophones and flutes, The Laird Project is a collaborative effort which explores a new expression through sound exploration and improvisation. It is a juxtaposition of experience and genre seeking to combine two different areas of speciality, one of traditional art music and the other of contemporary improvisation. Rather than focusing on conventional or traditional performance, the duo explore extended technique as a basis for composition and a vehicle of improvisation and expression.
Jessica Laird flutes
Rohan Laird saxophones
Jessica teaches privately in her home studio in Melbourne's west, Bacchus Marsh. Her lessons seek to share a passion for music and flute playing in an encouraging and creative environment. Lessons focus on developing technique, developing a confident sound and learning repertoire through solo and ensemble repertoire. Jessica enjoys teaching from a diverse range of styles and periods of music.
Jessica currently holds the position of woodwind teacher at Mount St. Joseph Girls' College, Altona and flute teacher at St Michaels Grammar, St Kilda.
Photos by Chrissy Button