Projects, ensembles

Bridge of Dreams >

Bridge of Dreams is a major international collaborative work for 18-piece big band, Hindustani quartet (voice, harmonium, two tabla players) and saxophone soloist. This 70-minute work celebrates the creative dialogue between an exceptional group of musicians from Australia and India: Sandy Evans (composition/saxophone), Bobby Singh (tabla), all-female Sirens Big Band (led by Jessica Dunn) and international guests Shubha Mudgal (composition/voice), Aneesh Pradhan (composition/tabla) and Sudhir Nayak (harmonium). Read more about Sandy’s Bridge of Dreams

Indian Jazz Collaborations >

Sandy has found new directions in her work through her study of Indian music. Her interest in Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music dates back to 1996 when she toured India with the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO). Read more about Sandy’s Indian Jazz Collaborations

When the Sky Cries Rainbows >

“The starting point for my creative expression in this work is the breathtaking spectrum of colour that often fills the sky after a storm. To me, this is a symbol of the profound sense of hope that can occur after a time of intense grief. This suite is dedicated to my husband, Tony Gorman, and his journey of living with Multiple Sclerosis. It is an inspirational story full of hope and good humour and the music reflects this.” Read more about this project or about the CD.

gest8 >

This band explores the interface between improvisation and composition in new ways; using unusual instrumental combinations to develop an original musical language informed by the collective expertise of the players. This includes jazz, free improvised music, traditional Japanese and Korean music, computer music, funk, rock, contemporary classical music, circus music and various forms of folk. Read more about gest8

Waratah >

This exciting adventure brings together experienced virtuosos, Satsuki Odamura (koto), Tony Lewis (percussion) and Sandy Evans (saxophones). These three acclaimed musicians combine different stylistic and cultural traditions, to create new and breathtakingly beautiful music. Read more about Waratah or about the CD Time Never Sleeps

Listen to a byte from the CD Time Never Sleeps : ‘Rinne

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Bronson, Evans, Robson Quintet >

This quintet is a meeting ground for 5 musical adventurers. The music reflects their love of free improvised music, jazz and folk music. Read more about the group >

Clarion Fracture Zone >

Clarion Fracture Zone was formed in 1988 when saxophonists Sandy Evans and Tony Gorman moved to Sydney from Scotland and joined forces with pianist Alister Spence to form a jazz quintet. The band has had several different rhythm sections, beginning with drummer Andrew Dickeson and bassist Steve Elphick. Drummers Louis Burdett and Tony Buck played with the band in 1992. Since 1993, the current line up of bassist Lloyd Swanton and drummer Toby Hall have been the engine room of the group. Read more >

Testimony >

Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker in his short lifetime revolutionised jazz improvisation, changing the face of jazz forever and shaping the course of 20th century music. Pulitzer prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa¹s epic poem Testimony provides the libretto for this new musical work composed by Sandy Evans paying homage to this jazz great. Read more about Testimony >

The Australian Art Orchestra >

‘…an ensemble rich in power, subtlety, tonal colours and solo strength unmatched by any other group in the country.’
The Australian

Ten Part Invention >

Hear Queensland

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The catholics >


austraLYSIS >


Sweet Freedom >

Sweet Freedom brpught together six of Australia’s most outstanding jazz and blues musicians in a celebration of the freedom of the human spirit through music. The power of music to uplift and to tell the stories of those who are struggling for their freedom, is as relevant today as it ever was. Read more about Sweet Freedom >

Kristen Cornwell’s Quintet >


Tenor and soprano saxophone, composer