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12 December – Kapture in Newcastle

Sandy Evans‘Kapture is a masterfully performed fusion of jazz and Indian classical musics’ Joseph Cummins,


Five of Australia’s leading jazz and Indian musicians present KAPTURE, a moving musical tribute to South African freedom fighter, Ahmed Kathrada (Nelson Mandela’s cell mate), as recorded on their acclaimed Rufus Records CD. The music was developed through collaboration with renowned choreographer Liz Lea.

‘Bobby Singh’s tabla and the wordless singing of Sarangan Sriranganathan in glorious symbiosis.’ Tony Hillier, The Australian

Don’t miss this extraordinary event where you can hear legendary tabla maestro Bobby Singh, transcendent vocalist Sarangan Sriranganathan, passionate saxophonist Sandy Evans, and the lively and imaginative rhythm section of Brett Hirst and Toby Hall.

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Contact for more info: 0422 987 581

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Sunday 8 November – austraLYSIS

Microstructures constitute the world. They are often repeat at larger and larger scales, and this feature is shared broadly with much music and real-time visual art. In electroacoustic music, micro-sound, embodying the technique of granular synthesis, is now a classic approach, and has become a virtually universal component of the music. This concert will focus on new and classic works which involve the use of micro-structural elements to make the musical form; and which also focus on relationships with structures to be found in our physical and biological environment.

The concert features shakuhachi virtuoso Riley Lee as our special guest. Riley will perform the idealistic American classic of his instrument, The Universal Flute, by pioneer Henry Cowell; and a work written for and premiered by him earlier this year, Roger Dean’s Feburary’s Pitches. Riley will also join members of austraLYSIS in an improvised piece. The concert also celebrates the Tall Poppies Records release in September of austraLYSIS’ latest cd History goes Everywhere, by presenting remixes of the worlds of the Blue Bus, and of Louis Couperin. A new electro acoustic piece by Daniel Blinkhorn reflects his encounter with the Masai, in Kenya, and his vocal sounds piece Voix sous (terra subfonica) complements a new work by Smith and Dean, Scaling the Voices, both exploring the physical nature of the vocal tract through its sounds. The concert is completed by two works from the Canadian electroacoustic community, by Sarah Peebles and Andra McCartney.

Performers: Riley Lee (shakuhachi); Roger Dean (Director; piano, computers); Sandy Evans (saxophones); Phil Slater (trumpet); Haze Smith (texts); Greg White (computers, sound projection).

Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased in advance at New Music Network.


Sunday 6 September – Mantratonic at Sydney Sacred Music Festival

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MantratonicMantratonic- Sandy Evans, Bobby Singh, Brett Hirst, Sarangan Sriranganathan perform Freedom in Wentworth Falls for Sydney Sacred Music Festival.

Concert from 4-6 pm
Doors open at 3:30pm

Details below

This concert featuring leading Australian jazz and Indian musicians and  is a musical tribute for South African freedom fighter Ahmed Kathrada

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Brodie Jarvie

19 July – Glasgow – Sandy Evans and Brodie Jarvie Quartet

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This exciting collaboration between Sandy Evans and Brodie Jarvie was suggested by Roger Spence, the director of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. Another wonderful example of the alchemy that festivals nurture – bringing musicians together who might not otherwise have met.

This two hour concert will feature music that Jarvie has created in response to the works of the Beat writer – and jazz lover – Jack Kerouac.

Sandy is looking forward immensely to playing with playing with some of the outstanding young musicians in the current Scottish scene and with a Scottish audience – ‘Scottish audiences are very informed about jazz and respond passionately and knowledgeably. ‘

It’s been around 15 years since Sandy last played in Scotland.

The Sandy Evans and Brodie Jarvie Quartet is:
Brodie Jarvie – bass
Sandy Evans – saxophones
Peter Johnstone – piano
Doug Hough – drums

Brodie Jarvie
Brodie Jarvie
Peter Johnstone - piano
Peter Johnstone – piano
Doug Hough - drums
Doug Hough – drums
Sandy, colour (2010) Photo credit: Karen Steains
Sandy Evans | Photo: Karen Steains
Sandy Evans Trio with Bobby Singh at Manly Jazz Festival | image by Rodric White

Thursday 30 April – Foundry616

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“The way art is meant to be….” Shane Nichols (All About Jazz)

Vale David Perry

Many jazz lovers will know the fantastic film ‘Dr Jazz’ that David Perry made about contemporary jazz at the Strawberry Hills Hotel in the 1990s, featuring bands such as the Bernie McGann Trio, Mike Nock Quartet and Clarion Fracture Zone. Sadly, David passed away recently. He was an extraordinary artist, filmmaker, and dear friend to many jazz musicians, including me. I am dedicating my concert at Foundry616 this Thursday 30th April to honouring David’s life and work, including screening excerpts from his film ‘Dr Jazz’. Please join us if you can.

“Jazz is like communism without the purges. It’s the kind of music that leaves you open.” – David Perry

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Sandy leading her jazz quartet, one of her key ensembles as a leader and featuring three equally strong jazz musicians and leaders in their own right.

This quartet sees eminent saxophonist and composer Sandy Evans delighting in the freedom of the classic jazz quartet with the imaginative rhythm section of Alister Spence, Brett Hirst and Hamish Stuart.

Sandy, Alister, Brett and Hamish are known for their work together in bands such as Clarion Fracture Zone and The catholics. In various combinations they have performed at JazzFest Berlin, The Pori Jazz festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival and toured jazz clubs in Europe and North America includingStadtgarten, Cologne, Unterfahrt, Munich, Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Jazzclub Neue Tonne, Dresden.

They have appeared for many of the leading jazz organisations in Australia including – Sydney Improvised Music Association, the Perth Jazz Society , Jazz South Australia, The Melbourne Jazz Co-operative, the Morpeth Jazz Festival, The Wangaratta jazz Festival, The Bellingen Jazz Society, The Jazzgroove Association, Devonport Jazz Weekend, Bungendore Jazz Festival and The Valley Jazz Festival in Brisbane.