14 December with Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani – Shanmuga

I am thrilled to be in Chennai on a Churchill Fellowship and honoured that Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani has invited me to play with his classical fusion ensemble Shanmuga on 14th December. This concert is part of the Chennai Music Festival season. It is in Kumara Raja Muthiah Hall, Chettinad Vidyashram, R.A. Puram, Chennai at 4.30pm and will be televised on Jaya TV’s Margazhi Mahotsavam on 30th December.

Entry is free.

Read more on the Chennai December Season website

Event details

Dec. 14, 2014

4.30 p.m. – ‘Shanmuga’ Classical Fusion by Guru Kaaraikudi Mani. B.V. Bala Sai (Flute), U.P. raju (Mandolin), B.V. Raghavendra Rao (Electric Violin), Sandyevens (sax), V. Suresh (Ghatam), V.B. Madhusudhanan (tabla & Percussion), N. Amrit (Kanjira)

6.30 p.m. – ‘Ganga Kaveri’ Violin – Sarod Jugalbandi by Ganesh (Violin) and Narayan Majumdar (Sarod)


14 September – Mara! perform Sezoni suite

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Mara!Note afternoon concert time – Sunday 14 Sept 3pm

ARIA Award-winning ensemble Mara! celebrate 30 years with a concert of their flagship original world/jazz suite Sezoni.

This special programme will honour the life of the late Stefan Kozuharov, Bulgarian/Australian poet, and patron of the Martenitsa choir, who was instrumental in the creation of Sezoni, writing the poetry upon which it is based.

The concert will also feature two new works by bright young composer, Laura Bishop, including the world premiere of her stunningly beautiful and challenging Razdyala.

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Kristy Best Bali Padda

Kristy Best & Bali Padda with Sandy Evans, Bobby Singh, Sarangan at Sydney Opera House Baby Proms

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Babies Proms Bollywood Baby

Kristy Best Bali PaddaAn introduction to the colour, movement and energy of India

Starring actor/dancers Kristy Best & Bali Padda with internationally renowned musicians Bobby Singh, Sarangan & Sandy Evans OAM and choreographed by Janani Beadle
Suitable for children 2 – 5

Everyone can be a Bollywood film star! Join us for a colourful journey to India to discover a vibrant, infectious culture of movement and dance.

Featuring a special Babies Proms ensemble that includes the Sitar and Tabla, children will be introduced to the different instrument families that work together to create Bollywood magic.

This interactive performance will include plenty of audience participation. You’ll pick up some “desi” moves that we’ll use in a big Bollywood Baby dancing finale!

All children are encouraged to bring a colourful, lightweight scarf from home.

Running Time: 35 minutes, no interval

cover of the book Testimony: The Legend of Charlie Parker. Shows saxophone player in silhouette

5 September – Testimony to be featured on ABC Jazz

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Testimony: the Legend of Charlie Parker

Listen out for a special broadcast of tracks from Testimony on ABC Jazz this Friday 5 Setpember. Gerry Koster of Jazz Up Late devotes the program to this very special recording – and if you can’t make Friday night, the program is available afterwards via Audio on Demand


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8 May – bass player Steve Elphick reunites with Sandy Evans

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“It’s such a rare treat to play with Steve”

steve-elphickIn this special concert setting at Foundry616, renowned saxophonist/composer, OA and multiple award winner, Sandy Evans, continues her acclaimed collaboration with tabla player Bobby Singh, one of Australia’s leading Indian musicians, forging unique musical territory – an extraordinary kaleidoscope of colour, rhythm and melody.

Sandy’s trio is long established as one of Australia’s great jazz groups, but this concert is special not only for the addition of tabla player Bobby Singh, who once more brings his spellbinding playing to the stage, but also for the fact bassist Steve Elphick will take the place of regular Brett Hirst.

Audiences lucky enough to have heard Steve play with Sandy over the past two decades will know what an extraordinary jazz musician he is and how he shares a strong on stage rapport with the trio.

Tonight, expect the unique energy from this exciting reunion to transfer into soulful melodies, thrilling improvisations, hypnotic grooves and stunning solos, redefining the fusion of jazz and Indian music.

This is a not to be missed event.

Sandy Evans (saxophone) Steve Elphick (bass) Toby Hall (drums) + Bobby Singh (tabla/percussion)

Tenor and soprano saxophone, composer