Saturday 5 August, 5pm & 8pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Sydney
Sirens Big Band, Sydney’s super-collective join forces with some of Australia’s premier musicians; pianist Andrea Keller, vocalist Gian Slater and saxophonist Sandy Evans to premiere [A]part, a suite of music composed by award winning composer/trumpeter Ellen Kirkwood.
This work evocatively explores issues such as climate change, the global refugee crisis and the omnipresence of the internet, and will include mood enhancing visuals by video artist, Cleo Mees. Divided into four sections, the music is captivating and emotionally impactful, using rich, dark timbres, unexpected transitions and compelling rhythms.
The evening will also include a set of music from the Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra (YWJO). Established by Sirens Big Band in 2016 and supported by UNSW, YWJO is a dynamic 17-piece ensemble for young women interested in pursuing a career in jazz and improvised music.
Sirens Big Band are currently a UNSW company-in-residence.
YWJO is proudly supported by APRA-AMCO.
Saturday 15 July, 9pm (or 8pm for RockPoolMirror Duets)
GA $38, SIMA Member/Concession $32 Student $25
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Composed and led by Sandy Evans (OAM), RockPoolMirror brings together six of Australia’s leading contemporary improvisers in a musical response to Belinda Webster’s stunning photographs of the Shoalhaven Gorge, NSW. These images travel an evocative journey, from the tranquility of rock formations reflected in still water at dawn, to the darkness of chasms and abysses, at times even revealing surreal, life-like rock warriors. Photographer Belinda Webster is best known as founding director of Tall Poppies Records. Her narrative gorge images will be projected at this concert, and brought to life by saxophonist and composer Sandy and some of her long-time collaborators. This performance is a rare opportunity to witness the deep musical bonds that these accomplished improvisers have established through their rich history of collaboration.
SANDY EVANS saxophone
ADRIAN SHERRIFF bass trombone
SATSUKI ODAMURA koto
JESS DUNN bass
BOBBY SINGH tabla
ALON ILSAR airsticks, drums
ROCKPOOLMIRROR DUETS (8pm) In this aperitif to the RockPoolMirror CD Launch, artists from the project perform intimate groupings drawn from their interplay in the album. With Satsuki Odamura on 13-stringed koto, Adrian Sherriff surprising with his breadth and agility on bass trombone, and internationally renowned saxophonist Sandy Evans (OAM), the RockPoolMirror Duets promise to be a must-see, must-hear for lovers of improvised music.
SATSUKI ODAMURA koto ADRIAN SHERRIFF bass trombone SANDY EVANS saxophones