Category Archives: Past Concerts

Saturday 7 November – Koto Revolution in Glebe

I’d love to see you at this very special Koto concert with Satsuki Odamura at Glebe Town Hall.

A special feature of this concert is that two of my Con composition students (Mimi Kind and Josh McNulty) are having compositions premiered by Satsuki’s Koto ensemble. We are also playing Tony Gorman’s GEST8 piece ‘Whistling at Dinner’.

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

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

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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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19 July – Glasgow – Sandy Evans and Brodie Jarvie Quartet

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

Tribute to Bernie McGann – at The Sound Lounge for SIMA

In this very special concert saxophonist/composer Sandy Evans pays tribute to long-time collaborator and friend, legendary Australian saxophonist Bernie McGann who passed away in September 2013.

DATE              Saturday 27th June 2015
TIME              8.30-11pm
VENUE           The Sound Lounge
TICKETS      $30/$25/$15 (Non-Member, Member, Student)
                          book online or call 9351 7940

Sandy Evans (tenor saxophone) Andrew Robson (alto saxophone) Warwick Alder (trumpet) Brendan Clarke (bass) Andrew Dickeson (drums)

McGann was a pioneering figure in the Australian jazz scene.
McGann’s raw-edged tone delivered exhilarating, hyper-fast flights of jagged post-bop with breathtaking leaps to the upper register. He also could express emotional depths of aching beauty in a slow ballad or blues. He was a trailblazer, always original, inventive, unmistakeable, a one-off giant of the alto saxophone “- John McBeath, The Australian
During his career Bernie McGann was widely acknowledged as an Australian jazz icon, having been awarded ARIA and MO Awards. He was the first ever recipient of the Australia Council’s prestigious Don Banks Music Award in 1998.
The Australian jazz community is grateful for the enormous contribution Bernie made to the Australian jazz scene, and this specially commissioned work will celebrate his legacy. This night will also celebrate the man and his music with Warwick Alder, Brendan Clarke and Andrew Dickeson, Bernie’s quartet during the last period of his life, sharing the stage with Sandy Evans and Andrew Robson on saxes.
Sandy based this suite on a phrase from one of Bernie’s practice notebooks (well known to a number of saxophonists): Long, Loose, Taste, Groove. This notebook, along with recordings and years of playing alongside Bernie has given Sandy an insight into his unique sound and individual voice.