About the project
Award winning saxophonist Sandy Evans leads a brilliant collaboration between leading Australian and Indian musicians. Featuring 22 artists on stage, this is a glorious exchange of ideas between Australian jazz and the rich Indian musical palette.
Featuring the sublime voice of internationally-renowned Indian singer Shubha Mudgal, the stellar energy and excitement of 17-piece super-collective Sirens Big Band; the sophisticated rhythms of one of India’s finest tabla players, Aneesh Pradhan, performing alongside Australia’s preeminent tabla player, Bobby Singh; stunning solos from harmonium virtuoso, Sudhir Nayak and breathtaking improvisations from Sandy Evans – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear the very best in contemporary music created by culturally and gender diverse musicians.
In the space between two worlds, magical, colourful and musically thrilling things happen.
Recording: Five star review by Eric Myers
The Weekend Australian, December 29, 2018
Concert 12 January 2019: review by John Shand
Sydney Morning Herald, 13 January 2019
Concert 12 January 2019: review by Eric Myers
The Australian, 15 January 2019
Concert 12 January 2019: review by Diana Simmonds
StageNoise, 13 January 2019
Concert 12 January 2019: Steve Moffat, daily Telegraph
Sydney Festival’s sold-out concert Bridge of Dreams featured top female Hindustani singer Shubha Mudgal alongside Australia’s finest jazz saxophonist and composer Sandy Evans in an uplifting collaboration.
Concert 12 January 2019: Neeru Saluja, IndianDownunder.com
Listen to a podcast of a live performance and interview with Sandy and the Sirens Big Band on ABC Radio 702 with Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck
Listen to an interview with Sandy Evans and Jess Dunn. Eastside Radio with Thomas Adams.Sun 16 December
Sandy Evans and Jess Dunn on The Australian Jazz Scene with Peter Nelson on Fine Music FM
Listen to an interview with Sandy Evans on Radio National’s ‘God Forbid’
Sunday 9th and Monday 10 December 2018
Supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; and by the NSW Government through Create NSW; and commissioned through APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund. Supported by the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW.
Presented in association with the Sydney Festival and Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA)
CD released on Rufus Records