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Sandy Evans: “I like to think of harmony in relation to colours”

Sandy Evans: “I like to think of harmony in relation to colours”

Sandy Evans was inspired by these images of reality and reflection, so she started composing what turned out to be musical responses to them. "I like to think of harmony in relation to colours", she says, describing her approach. "Other times it was the structure of the photos that I reacted to. There are certain mirror images, so what I did was take some melodic ideas and reverse them". Read More »

Jazz @ The Pav comes to Bondi this Autumn

Jazz @ The Pav comes to Bondi this Autumn

Building on a long history of jazz in Bondi, Jazz @ The Pav will be a month long celebration of jazz music featuring a star studded line-up of Sydneys finest musicians including Matt McMahon Trio featuring Virna Sanzone, Sirens Big Band, The catholics and the Greasy Chicken Orchestra. Read More »

REVIEW: Sandy Evans & Bobby Singh – Kapture

REVIEW: Sandy Evans & Bobby Singh – Kapture

Sandy Evans’ playing across the album is unique and spiritedly human, which is what we have come to expect from her. Her questing nature and driven desire to consistently move out of the confines of Jazz has shown her to be an artist going for a universal sound. Read More »

AAO 20th Anniversary Concert Series 5-7 November 2014

AAO 20th Anniversary Concert Series 5-7 November 2014

20Up sees the AAO return to the place of its first concert: the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. A total of twenty-five musicians will perform a range of works from Ringing the Bell Backwards, the first work written for the AAO by Founding AD Paul Grabowsky which premiered at Malthouse in 1994; Passion, which is the AAO’s take on Bach’s St Matthew Passion; Testimony, Sandy Evans’ extraordinary tribute to Charlie Parker; Struttin’, Eugene Ball’s impressionistic take on Louis Armstrong, and a brand new commission from young composer, Austin Buckett called Virtuoso Pause. Read More »

No dividing lines in music: Sandy Evans and Testimony

No dividing lines in music: Sandy Evans and Testimony

'Several ideas guided my creative process in this project: to interpret Yusef Komunyakaa's poetry, to pay tribute to Charlie Parker, and to do this in my own way in the context of the vibrant Sydney jazz scene of the 1990s.' Evans says. 'I'm very proud of this work and thrilled that, in some small way, it is a vehicle for the voices of some very fine Australian musicians, and their embodiment of Parker's influence, to be heard internationally.' Read More »

Testimony | Book and CD review  by Phil Sandford

Testimony | Book and CD review by Phil Sandford

Evans’ bold vision has allowed her to remain faithful to Komunyakaa’s poems and to Parker’s spirit, while doing so firmly with her own voice. Her finely-crafted composition has given the vocalists and soloists excellent vehicles within which they can pay their individual tributes to Parker, perhaps best summed up in the memorable ‘Testimony Coda’, with Bernie McGann’s last notes floating gently in the air. Read More »

Concert for Syrian refugees

Concert for Syrian refugees

From the media release Sydney based Saxophonist, Ruth Wells (Sirens Big Band), presents a concert to raise funds for projects in aid of Syrian refugees in Jordan. She will be travelling to Jordan in December to conduct a research project into mental health support services for Syrian refugees as part of her doctoral psychology studies. While she is there, she ... Read More »

Album release: Yonder (The catholics)

'This is what I'd consider a near-perfect jazz album... so clever yet simple...you really just want Yonder to go on and on, like the baked country roads in their cover shot', Sydney Morning Herald Read More »