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.
Tuesday 11 July, 6pm
The RUC, 54 McCaughey Street, Turner, ACT
Admission $22 / $15 (concession)
Bookings essential. Light meals available beforehand at 6.00 pm. Music starts at 7.30 pm. Please book early with RUC on 6247 7838 (Business Hours) for meals + music or at firstname.lastname@example.org for music only. Seating is limited to 100.
Sponsors: Artsound FM 92.7, Zane Hills Wines, Groove Warehouse
In this quintet Sandy is joined by some of the leading young talents in the Sydney jazz scene. Each of these musicians are forging stellar careers as performers and composers. Sandy Evans (saxophones) is the current recipient of an Australia Council Music Fellowship. Jessica Dunn (bass) is the leader of the renowned Sirens Big Band. Emma Stephenson (piano) is the 2016 JRMA recipient and has already recorded her first CD in New York. Recent Sydney Conservatorium of Music graduate, Melissa Mony, (alto saxophone) is making waves as a swinging and inventive player. Ali Foster (drums) is the powerhouse driving the rhythm sections of the Sydney Women’s Jazz Collective and the Sirens Big Band. The group will present fresh interpretations of jazz standards and an exciting array of original compositions with sneak previews of some of the Indian Jazz material Sandy is working on with The Sirens Big Band for their upcoming major project, Bridge of Dreams.