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. …
‘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
It is a combination you won’t get anywhere else and they are one of Sydney’s – if not Australia’s – treasures. The Siren’s Big Band – long may they sing us over the edge.
‘We’re all friends who enjoy making music together’, says Jess, ‘which makes for a really exciting and engaging live show. Audiences really seem to dig it and keep coming back for more, which is something we don’t take for granted.’
‘This innovative band continues to leave audiences dancing out of their gigs…’
Gest8 perform Tony Gorman’s piece ‘The Emperor’s Old Clothes’, at the SIMA Sound Lounge in Sydney in 2008. Featuring Sandy Evans on soprano saxophone, Phil Slater on trumpet, Carl Dewhurst on guitar, Steve Elphick on bass, Paul Cutlan on bass clarinet, Satsuki Odamura on koto, and Greg White on computers and electronics.
“… I find I have to focus on my own contribution and sadly miss some of the great musicians who are playing until after I’ve finished my concerts…”
It’s something of a well-kept secret just how alive the Canberra jazz scene is at the moment. This is in large part due to the current crop of students, teachers and recent graduates at the ANU School of Music.