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

5 September – Testimony to be featured on ABC Jazz

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

Links

Read Sandy’s Testimony page

Jazz Up Late with Gerry Koster  – www.abc.net.au/classic/program/jazzuplate

Listen again after the show – www.abc.net.au/classic/program/jazzuplate/listen-again

Presentation at Wesleyan University with Yusef Komunyakaa

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

Wednesday 11th September

Presentation at Wesleyan University with Yusef Komunyakaa c0inciding with the publication of Testimony by Wesleyan University press.

Testimony: the Legend of Charlie Parker, an Australian composer’s response

Pulitzer prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa and Australian saxophonist Sandy Evans collaborated on a two-hour tribute to Charlie Parker commissioned by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) presented at the Sydney Opera House. Sandy Evans discusses her compositional process in response to Komunyakaa’s vibrant text and her own journey as an Australian saxophone player and composer engaging with the life, music and culture of this bebop legend.

Sandy Evans Trio Indian Project – Tour

Sandy Evans (tenor/soprano sax), Brett Hirst (bass), Toby Hall (drums), Bobby Singh (tabla), Sarangan Sriranganathan (sitar, vocals)

Click to download brochure in PDF format showing the information on this page

A rare opportunity to see one of Sydney’s leading Indian musicians, tabla player Bobby Singh, in a thrilling dialogue with jazz musician Sandy Evans and her superb trio with bass player Brett Hirst and drummer Toby Hall. Expect soulful melodies, breathtaking improvisations, hypnotic grooves and stunning percussion solos, redefining the fusion of jazz and Indian music. This is a not to be missed event.

Dates and details

Saturday June 23rd Live at the Village, Springwood
8.00pm Presbyterian Hall, 160 Macquarie Rd, Springwood
Bookings: from June 1st at Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood or 0247515171

Saturday June 30th Live at the Sound Lounge Sydney Improvised Music Association
8.30pm Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Chippendale
Ticket Price: $20–$10
Bookings: www.sima.org.au or 0293517940
Includes National CD launch of Cosmic Waves

Friday July 6th, Wollongong Conservatorium
7.00pm Wollongong Conservatorium Auditorium, Murphys Avenue, Keiraville
Ticket Price: $20–$10
Bookings: www.wollcon.com.au/events
or 0242281122

Saturday July 7th Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
8.00pm 105 William Street, Bathurst
Ticket price: $25–$15
Bookings: 0263336161

Saturday August 4th Capital Jazz Project 2012 Street Theatre
7.30pm 15 Childers Street, Canberra City
Ticket Price: $25
Bookings: www.thestreet.org.au or 0262471519

Friday August 24th Taree Gallery
8.00pm 13 Macquarie Street, Taree
Phone 0265925451
Ticket Price: $28–$23
Bookings: www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au/mec or through Video Ezy, Victoria St, Taree on 0265525699.

Saturday August 25th Newcastle Jazz Festival
7.30pm Newcastle Jazz Festival
2.00pm Sandy Evans & Bobby Singh Workshop
City Hall, King St, Newcastle
Ticket price: Session passes available
More info and ticket information
www.newcastlejazz.com.au

 

Review: Cosmic Waves in The Australian

SYDNEY saxophonist, composer and beachside resident Sandy Evans’s love of the Australian coastline and her deep appreciation of Indian music combine to make Cosmic Waves a cross-cultural collaboration to cherish.

With the inestimable assistance of the Chennai-based Carnatic (South Indian) ensemble Sruthi Laya and subtle contributions from Sydney colleagues, the country’s pre-eminent female jazz instrumentalist has continued a journey that emanated from a tour of India in the mid-1990s as a member of the Australian Art Orchestra.

Flowing through 12 tracks, the music created by these consummate players ebbs and flows majestically. The opening piece, Ksheera Sagara (Ocean of Milk), featuring meditative, improvised duets between Evans’s soprano sax and co-author B. V. Balasai’s equally ethereal bamboo flutes, radiates melodic ripples as a lead-in to the more rhythmic Big Swell, created by the combination of sax, percussion and Alister Spence’s piano.

The leader switches to tenor sax for her energetic composition Floating on an Emerald Sea before Big Swell Reprise offers a short, sharp and altogether more turbulent and percussive take on the earlier theme.

Inspired by fauna collectively spotted north of Broome, the atmospheric and evocative Noisy Whale and Oystercatchers and edgier Eagle Landing at Cape Leveque provide a stark comparison even if they are virtual companion pieces.

The spectacular Kimberley coast of Western Australia was also the motivating force behind Cosmic Waves at West Beach, a 10-minute ensemble highlight that sees all the players riding the crest of a proverbial wave.

A ragamalika study, it shines the spotlight on the virtuosity of Sruthi Laya leader Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani’s mridangam (double-headed hand-drum), and V. Suresh’s ghatam (claypot hand-drum) playing and U. P. Raju’s dexterity on electric mandolin, as well as featuring some fast and furious exchanges between the stringed instrument, sax and flute.

The album’s cornerstone track is distinguished by vocalising of percussive patterns and phrases from Mani, similar to the technique exhibited by popular Anglo-Indian singer Sheila Chandra. Another gentle vehicle for duet improvisation between Evans’s soprano sax and co-composer Balasai’s bamboo flute, Morning Star and the percussion-dominated Clouds at Dawn come before a minor mandolin masterpiece from Raju, Child of the Sea, and the album’s most blues-infused cut, The Agile Wallaby.

The album reaches an elegant if slightly anticlimactic conclusion with Sea Blossom, a 7min 26sec drone-backed solo bamboo flute improvisation. Nevertheless, Cosmic Waves represents a significant symbiosis, one that respects and honours the depth, beauty and complexity of both Western jazz and Carnatic music.

Label: Underscore Records/Birdland
Rating: 4! stars

See more about Cosmic Waves here…
Cosmic Waves on The Weekend Planet
Cosmic Waves
New CD – Cosmic Waves

Cosmic Waves on The Weekend Planet

The Weekend Planet, ABC Radio National
Sunday 20 May 2012 9:05PM

‘Definitely not at the shallow end of ‘Indo-jazz fusion’ Cosmic Waves is a lovely, uncommonly creative cross-cultural encounter.

‘Its Australian leader is a great jazz saxophonist who lives in a beach suburb of Sydney.

‘The ocean has often inspired her; in this context it ‘became a metaphor for the flow of ideas between jazz and Carnatic music’, two musics ‘so deep, it takes a lot of commitment to speak interculturally.’

This is how Doug Spencer starts his 20 May 2012 program featuring Cosmic Waves. Read more on the Weekend Planet web page >