Category Archives: Past Concerts

Twilight Tunes with Sandy, Alister Spence and Bobby Singh

Friday 6 May 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio
University of New South Wales
2 High Street,  Kensington

A special concert from jazz legends and UNSW music lecturers Sandy Evans (saxophones) and Alister Spence (piano) with tabla virtuoso Bobby Singh.

Sandy Evans and long-time collaborator Bobby Singh weave an extraordinary kaleidoscope of colour, rhythm and melody. Inspired by a recent tour to Brazil with Ben Walsh’s Orchestra of the Underground, they’re excited to present fresh improvisations.

Alister Spence will play solo and with Sandy and Bobby, performing an original set inspired by his investigations into the continuum between composition and improvisation and the mysteries that occur at the moment of creation.

Be prepared for an evening of captivating improvisations!

Tickets | $20 full | $10 concession

23 January concerts at Venue 505

Sandy Evans with Mara and Llew Kiek

Mara and Llew Kiek are two of my closest musical friends: I have travelled around the globe with them many times with the band Mara! The band has been acclaimed as “The Dom Perignon of Australia’s World Music Bands” – Sydney Morning Herald 2005. I’m looking forward to playing with them in an intimate trio setting exploring music from Eastern Europe fused with the music of Eastern Australia!

Mara Kiek: Voice, tapan, darabukka, percussion
Llew Kiek: Bozouki ,baglama, oud, guitar
Sandy Evans: Saxophones

Ellen Kirkwoods ‘Mieville Project’

“Brilliantly devised” – John Shand

The quirky, rhythmic eccentricity of Ellen Kirkwood’s music meets the weird, dark and imaginative writing of British author China Mieville in a suite of four illustrative narrated pieces. Commissioned by Arts Musica Australis and premiered in October 2015 at the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival to a room full of enraptured listeners, the suite musically explores excerpts from Mieville’s books. A runaway train ambushed by frolicking spirits, a nightmare moth with swirling hypnotic wings, a disease passed on by the utterance of a word, and a cleaning construct that is developing sentient thought are all brought to life through this colourful and captivating set of music.

Jann Rutherford Memorial Award recipient (2012), trumpeter and bandleader Ellen Kirkwood has rapidly been gaining recognition for her compositional work. Her five-part suite, the narrated music-story Theseus and the Minotaur, performed by her band Captain Kirkwood, received wide-spread critical acclaim and glowing reviews.

Ellen Kirkwood – trumpet
Sandy Evans – saxophones
Byron Mark – piano
Hannah James – bass
Alon Ilsar – drums and AirSticks
Caroline Levien – narrator

Play for a day – JRMA fundraiser

Play for a dayTo raise funds for the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award, Sandy Evans is creating a unique improvised music event.

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Sandy will perform a six-hour improvisation from 2-8pm. Musicians of all levels, instruments, ages and styles are invited to join Sandy for twenty-minute spots to raise funds. Our goal is to raise $15,000 for the 2016 Award. JRMA was founded in 2005 to assist in the professional development of an outstanding young female jazz musician, and the Award is named in honour of the late jazz pianist, Jann Rutherford. It is fully funded by private donations, and in partnership with Melbourne International women’s Jazz Festival (MIWJG), Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and ABC Radio National. The Winner of the Award receives assistance with performances for her band, recording for ABC Radio National, and assistance with promotional material.

Visit the JRMA website to find out how you can help

13 December MWIJF Festival Quintet

Sunday Dec 13 8pm Bennetts Lane Jazz Lab $20/15/12

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Festival Quintet feat. Sandy Evans, Angela Davis, Andrea Keller, Tamara Murphy and Sonja Horbelt

Since 2000, the MWIJF seeks each year to form a group of leading female musicians to perform and promote their own original material, and those of other female artists.  Past members have included Nadje Noordhuis, Felicity Provan, Froy Agre, Shannon Barnett, Monique DiMattina and Fiona Burnett.

This year features the extraordinary Sandy Evans on tenor sax and recently returned from the US alto saxophonist Angela Davis, with award winning andrea Keller on piano, in demand Tamara Murphy on bass and Sonja Horbelt on drums.