SIMA

SIMA: July – August Program

July - August 2015

The Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) will present the best of contemporary Australian jazz. Please visit their website for more information.

FULL PROGRAM:

Friday 3 July, Paul Cutlan "Across the Top" Album Launch

Launching his first album as leader and composer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Paul Cutlan joins forces with ground-breaking string quartet The NOISE and bassist Brett Hirst. The major work entitled “Across the Top” (Tall Poppies label) is an extended suite inspired by Cutlan’s experiences travelling through the Kimberley region of North-West Australia with world music group MARA! for Musica Viva. The music draws together many styles close to Cutlan’s heart, including 20th century classical music, jazz improvisation and dance rhythms from the Balkans and South America. These elements fuse to create an almost cinematic work, inspired by the imagery of mineral-rich red landscapes, vast plains, imposing ancient ranges, lush gorges and rivers.

Paul Cutlan (bass clarinet/soprano saxophone) Veronique Serret (violin) Liisa Pallandi (violin) James Eccles (viola) Oliver Miller (cello) Brett Hirst (bass)

Special guests: Mara Kiek (voice and tapan) Llew Kiek (bouzouki)

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Adult $30
Conc $25
Student $15

Saturday 4 July, The Cooking Club: "High Energy Jazz from the Sydney Underground" Album Launch

The Cooking Club serves life sustaining energies presented as a fresh and flavoursome sensory experience. Using only the highest quality organic local ingredients, their recipes are guided by one principle: the flame is your friend.  Releasing their first studio album (recorded in September 2014), “High Energy Jazz from the Sydney Underground” is the result of five years’ constant refinement and captures the band in full flight.  Experience the raw energy, irreverence and charisma of this band with attitude.

Michael Gordon (saxophone) Shota Matsumura (trumpet) Tom Wade (bass) Finn Ryan (drums)

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Adult $20
Conc $15
Student $10

Friday 10 July, Warwick Alder Quintet

For many listeners Warwick Alder is the trumpet king. His beautiful sound and style, his feeling for the characteristics of the instrument and his effortless flow of ideas in any idiom have made him the trumpeter of choice by legendary artists including Bernie McGann, James Morrison, Branford Marsalis and Eartha Kitt. A founding member of Ten Part Invention, this under-the-radar performer comes into his own as a band leader, roaming freely from the traditional to the avant garde.

Warwick Alder (trumpet) Dave Jackson (alto sax) Jonathan Harkins (piano) Brendan Clarke (bass) Andrew Dickeson (drums)

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Adult $20
Conc $15
Student $10

Saturday 11 July, Hannah James Trio

This unique combination of exceptional musicians makes for delicately nuanced performances.  Recipient of the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award 2011 for up and coming young female jazz musicians, Hannah James’ career has gone from strength to strength. Infused with an infectious, joyous energy, her sound is influenced by contemporary musicians from America and Scandinavia including Aaron Parks, Ari Hoenig, Gilad Hexselmen, Will Vinson, Aaron Goldberg, Tord Gustavson, Atomic and Illmiliekki.

Hannah James (bass)  Casey Golden (piano)  Ed Rodrigues (drums)

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Adult $20
Conc $15
Student $10

Friday 17 July, Tom Botting’s Wild South

Mouth-wateringly melodic masterpieces will have your heart yearning for the mountains, rivers, waterfalls, fiords and worrying volcanic activity of Australiaʼs cold, distant cousin.  Double bassist Tom Botting is one of Sydney’s most in demand double bassists. This is a rare opportunity to see him leading his own band. Botting will be firing up his quintet of comrades to present two sets of his much-lauded original music. Born out of deepening homesickness and inspired by the landscape, people and accents of the New Zealand wilderness.

Tom Botting (double bass) Peter J Koopman (guitar) Dave Jackson (sax) Steve Barry (piano) Tim Firth (drums)

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Adult $20
Conc $15
Student $10

Saturday 18 July, Judy Bailey Trio

Bailey is a unique talent with an extraordinary career harking back to the glory days of the El Rocco performing with the likes of Don Burrows and John Sangster, and has awards including numerous Mo, ARIA and OAM.  Come hear  the wealth of musical ideas from this enigmatic and enterprising pianist.

Judy Bailey (Piano) Craig Scott (bass) Tim Firth (drums)

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Adult $20
Conc $15
Student $10

Friday 24 July, Steve Barry Trio

Winner of the 2013 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year and runner-up in the National Jazz Awards, Barry’s compositions explore the relationship between spontaneous and pre-determined musical elements in improvisation.   His keyboard technique allows the seemingly effortless execution of a multitude of original and inexhaustible ideas.

Steve Barry (piano), Max Alduca (bass), Dave Goodman (drums)

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Adult $20
Conc $15
Student $10

Saturday 25 July, Mike Nock Trio

2014 winner of Australia’s top music honour The Don Banks Prize, pianist/composer Mike Nock  has long  been a vital force  on  the  Australian  music scene. His  trio with bassist Brett  Hirst  and drummer  James Waples,  are regular performers at  many  festivals around Australasia,  garnering   glowing  reviews  with  their very  personal  mixture  of   jazz  standards  and  original  material. This  will  be  a  rare  opportunity  for  Sydney  audiences  to  experience  the   magic  of  Mike’s trio  in  an intimate  setting.

“One of the world’s key jazz  pianists for the past 45 years.” – John Shand, SMH

“Nock  is  quite  simply, one  of  the  unsung  piano  heroes  of  the  past  fifty  years.”  – AllaboutJazz (USA) 

Mike Nock (piano), Brett Hirst (bass), James Waples (drums).

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Adult $25
Conc $20
Student $10

Saturday 1 August, Mark Isaacs Trio

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “a splendid musical mind”, jazz and classical composer and pianist Mark Isaacs has recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in international jazz. He presents this concert in his much-loved intimate trio setting, delivering their inimitable interpretations of jazz classics.

Mark Isaacs (piano) Brett Hirst (bass) Tim Firth (drums)

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Adult $20
Conc $15
Student $10

Friday 7 August, Jo Fabro Band Quintet

“Listen up, she’s the real deal.” – Emma Pask. Prominent Sydney jazz vocalist Jo Fabro is returning to The Sound Lounge with her quintet JFQ. Fabro’s music is firmly rooted in the jazz genre, with hints of soul and blues music, which Fabro sights as an influence in her musical tastes.  Backed by some of Australia’s premier Jazz musicians. her voice and compositions deliver both beautiful softness and raw power.

Jo Fabro (voice) Greg Coffin (piano) Aaron Flower (guitar) Karl Dunnicliff (bass) Miles Thomas (drums)

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Adult $20
Conc $15
Student $10

Friday 14 August, Grey Wing Trio: 'Amoroso' Album Launch

Releasing their long-awaited Grey Wing album entitled ‘Amoroso’, this trio of piano, trumpet and drums have an incredible hyper-lyrical and improvisational rapport. Their dynamic and exploratory improvising plays off compositions that are often delicate and texturally versatile. Described as “intriguing and impulsive and, yes, epic”, the band playfully explores alternate forms and endings, discovering in-the-moment colours.

Luke Sweeting (piano)  Ken Allars (trumpet) Finn Ryan (drums)

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Adult $20
Conc $15
Student $10

Saturday 15 August, Walter Smith III (USA) Trio

The Los Angeles Times simply states the future of Jazz is bright with rising saxophonist Walter Smith III. For those who caught the sold out Eric Harland performances at 505, Smith was an integral part in that band.  A young gun on the LA jazz scene, Ralph Peterson JR describes him as, “One of the most thoughtful, deliberate and brilliant tenor players to come along in his generation.  His composing and arranging also shows a depth of concept well beyond that of most of his contemporaries.”

Walter Smith (saxophone) Tom Botting (bass) Tim Firth (drums)

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Adult $30
Conc $25
Student $15

Friday 21 August, Dave Goodman Quartet

Jazz critic John Clare has described Dave Goodman as “one of the most intriguing drummers recording anywhere”. After 20 years honing his craft, he is, undoubtedly, one of Australia’s most important jazz drummers. Of this new and much anticipated quartet  Goodman says, “The first time we played together was as magical and mystical as though it were a dream come true.’ Together they highlight the unique melodic richness of Goodman’s compositional style.

Dave Goodman (drums) Peter J Koopman (guitar) Matt McMahon (piano) Cameron Undy (bass)

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Adult $20
Conc $15
Student $10

Saturday 22 August, Phil Slater &Matt McMahon Duo + Jackson Harrison Trio : ‘Sintering‘ Album Launch

New duo project by two of Australia’s leading jazz musicians. Both Slate and McMahon are Freedman and National Jazz Award winners, known for their incredible playing and innovative compositions.
Phil Slater (trumpet) Matt McMahon (piano)

Following the critical acclaim here, in Europe and the USA of his first album, National Jazz Award winner Jackson Harrison releases his long awaited second album “Sintering” on the prestigious Hat Hut Records. Known for his “articulate playing” (SMH), “each note twinkles like a hot point in an unbounded sky.” (Signal To Noise, USA)

Jackson Harrison (piano) Ben Waples (bass) James Waples (drums)

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Adult $25
Conc $20
Student $10

Thursday 27 August, Lloyd Swanton’s "Ambon"

Following the sold out premiere in the Blue Mountains, this is the Sydney debut of Lloyd Swanton’s new suite of 12 compositions featuring a stellar 12-piece ensemble. Ambon draws from the secret, coded POW diary of Swanton’s uncle Stuart, part of the ill-fated Gull Force sent to defend Ambon, Indonesia in World War II. Ambon brings together hymns, work song, gospel, military marches, island music and jazz, to create something of beauty out of great horror, in the process offering us insight into a little-known tragedy in our recent past.

Lloyd Swanton (bass) Paul Cutlan (bass clarinet, saxophones, recorder) Sandy Evans (saxophone) James Greening (trombone, cornet, pocket trumpet, tuba) Alex Silver (trombone) James Eccles (viola) Jon Pease (guitar) Michel Rose (pedal steel guitar) Chuck Morgan (ukulele)  Fabian Hevia (cajon, percussion) Ron Reeves (kendang, percussion) Nic Cecire (drums)

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Adult $40
Conc $35
Student $30

Friday 28 August, Matt Keegan Band

The Matt Keegan Band was formed last year as a platform to feature Keegan’s current compositional output and the group are enjoying exploring the sonic possibilities inherent to this line up. Keegan has composed a swag of new material to feature his deeper voice on baritone sax set against the beautiful sonic bubble created by the talented young musicians he has surrounded himself with.

Matt Keegan (baritone saxophone) Mary Rapp (cello) Dave Rodriguez (guitar FX) Hannah James (bass) Miles Thomas (drums)

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Adult $20
Conc $15
Student $10

Saturday 29 August, Lloyd Swanton’s "Ambon"

Following the sold out premiere in the Blue Mountains, this is the Sydney debut of Lloyd Swanton’s new suite of 12 compositions featuring a stellar 12-piece ensemble. Ambon draws from the secret, coded POW diary of Swanton’s uncle Stuart, part of the ill-fated Gull Force sent to defend Ambon, Indonesia in World War II. Ambon brings together hymns, work song, gospel, military marches, island music and jazz, to create something of beauty out of great horror, in the process offering us insight into a little-known tragedy in our recent past.

Lloyd Swanton (bass) Paul Cutlan (bass clarinet, saxophones, recorder) Sandy Evans (saxophone) James Greening (trombone, cornet, pocket trumpet, tuba) Alex Silver (trombone) James Eccles (viola) Jon Pease (guitar) Michel Rose (pedal steel guitar) Chuck Morgan (ukulele)  Fabian Hevia (cajon, percussion) Ron Reeves (kendang, percussion) Nic Cecire (drums)

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Adult $40
Conc $35
Student $30