Category Archives: Past Concerts

Sandy Evans and Bobby Singh – fundraising concert for Syrian Refugees

Sydney based Saxophonist, Ruth Wells (Sirens Big Band), presents a concert to raise funds for projects in aid of Syrian refugees in Jordan. She will be travelling to Jordan in December to conduct a research project into mental health support services for Syrian refugees as part of her doctoral psychology studies. While she is there, she will be taking donated musical instruments to a local orphanage and conducting music workshops, culminating in a concert for all to enjoy.

Ruth’s passion for improving supportive services for Syrian refugees was sparked by multiple trips to the region, in which she fell in love with the music and culture. Following a tour with fellow Siren, Harrison Harding, conducting music workshops in Palestine and Ethiopia, Ruth is returning with a bag full of instruments including trombones, clarinets, guitars, percussion, keyboards and recorders, to start up a children’s band of refugees in Amman, Jordan. A collection of fellow Sydney musicians will drop in to provide instrumental lessons during this 6 week project.

These projects are entirely self-funded, through crowd funding at and an exciting fundraising concert featuring cross-cultural musical collaborations between western and Indian (Sandy Evans and Bobby Singh) and western and Arabic (The Sun, featuring Mohamed Youssef). Ruth and fellow jazz musicians Jessica Dunn (double bass) and Phillipa Murphy-Haste (clarinet) will be teaming up with Oud player, Mohamed Youssef, as they explore the beautiful tonalities and rhythms of traditional and modern Arabic music.


Monday 18th November at 8pm
‘Old 505’ Theatre Space,  505/342 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW
Tickets: $18

Sandy Evans and Bobby Singh – playing a duo show

Monica Brooks – solo piano

شمس – The Sun – Arabic inspired jazz – starring Mohamed Youssef (Oud), Tarek (percussion), Jessica Dunn (double bass), Phillipa Murphy-Haste (clarinet), Ruth Wells (saxophones)


Saturday 19 October – Sandy Evans Quartet @ Foundry 616, Sydney

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear saxophonist Sandy leading her own jazz quartet.

Sandy has just returned from a very successful tour of Canada and the US where she performed at the Guelph Jazz Festivalin Canada with cellist Matt Brubeck and tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. During this tour Sandy visited Wesleyan University for the launch of Testimony which has just been published by Wesleyan University Press.

The book and CD of this legendary collaboration between Sandy and Yusef Komunyakaa is available on Amazon and includes the full ABC recording of Testimony.

In her first gig as leader at Foundry616, Sandy teams up with old friends Toby Hall  and Alister Spence, and 2011 JRMA winner, Hannah James on bass.

“This is world class contemporary music performed by some of the very best exponents in this country” John Mc Beath