When the Sky Cries Rainbows

Sandy Evans: saxophones
Toby Hall: drums
Brett Hirst: bass
James Greening: trombone
Alister Spence: piano
Hamish Stuart: drums (tracks 4 and 6)

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“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.”

This group of musicians are long-term friends and collaborators and have a keen understanding of Sandy’s musical concepts and a willingness to explore new ideas with imagination and creativity.

The suite incorporates the power and architectural unity of large scale form with the spontaneity of small group interaction and improvisation featuring some of Australia’s most outstanding jazz soloists.

This work was commissioned by the Australia Council and was recorded by James Kennedy for ABC JazzTrack and ABC JazzRadio.

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Tenor and soprano saxophone, composer