Universal Music Australia is thrilled to announce that from today it will be distributing the famed ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) label in Australia.

Founded by producer Manfred Eicher in 1969, the critically acclaimed and award-winning label has issued over 1,500 albums spanning jazz, classical and world music. Often credited for ignoring the boundaries of genre definition, ECM recorded a vast array of albums covering many idioms. After establishing an early reputation with standard-setting jazz recordings by Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and others, ECM began to expand its programme in the late 1970s. In 1984, the ECM New Series branch was established and produced recordings of Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, György Kurtág and other contemporary and classical composers.

Manfred Eicher, founder of ECM, says: ‘Australian listeners have long been open to ECM’s music, and the press has been supportive, too, whenever our artists have visited. In recent years, however, the albums have been harder to find in the stores.  We are glad that the new distribution arrangement with Universal will make the music more readily available.’

Dickon Stainer, President and CEO of Global Classics at Universal Music, says: ‘The distribution of ECM records in Australia is an important step in furthering the famed German record label’s already highly respected reputation in the southern hemipshere’.