Month: September 2012

REVIEW: Sonic Mayhem Orchestra – Porgy and Bess/BlueBeat, Sydney 20/9/12

Sonic Mayhem Orchestra - photo by Aaron Blakey

Sydney tenor giant James Ryan – as well as being a startling instrumentalist – is a truly gifted and, in a world where the word has been buffed clean of all its edge, a truly creative composer and arranger. He recently arranged a selection of Ray Charles tunes for his powerhouse big band, The Sonic Mayhem Orchestra, a collection of Sydney’s best and brightest and that rare bird: a large ensemble bristling with astonishing soloists that play as an ensemble, as one.