Dr Mace Francis is a passionate advocate of original Australian large ensemble jazz music, forming his own 14-piece ensemble in 2005; the Mace Francis Orchestra (MFO). MFO have recorded 7 CDs, toured nationally four times and performed with international artists Jim Pugh (USA), Jon Gordon (NY), John Hollenbeck (NY), Satoko Fujii (JAP), Ed Partyka (GER) and Theo Bleckmann (NY). For his compositions Mace has been awarded an APRA Professional Development Award, the Italian international composition prize, "Scrivere in Jazz", was a finalist in the 2010 Freedman Jazz Fellowship, nominated for an Australian Bell Award (2013 & 2016) and was the 2015 winner of the APRA Jazz Work of the Year. Mace has worked as a guest composer and conductor with l’Orcehstre des Jeunes Jazzmen de Bourgogne (France), the Graz Composers Ensemble (Austria) the Showa University of Music Big Band (Japan), ATM 15 (Mel) and the Enthusiastic Musicians Union (Bris). In 2015 completed a PhD exploring site-specific composition of which he received the 2015 Faculty Research Medal. Mace currently works as the artistic director of the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and the festival director of the Perth International Jazz Festival.