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Tales of transformation: The jazz muso

“Music to me is a form of escapism, escape from the challenges we’ve got day to day, a way to escape some of the hassles we’ve got with life.” – John Koumurou, quadriplegic, flugelhorn player, composer.

Video by Matt Santini

From teacher to pole dancer; from quadriplegic to jazz musician; from phone sales to drag queen, welcome to Tales of Transformation. In this special short documentary series, our video journalism students explore some extraordinary personal journeys.

About The Citizen

THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

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