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 31 July, BAZ: “Memento Mori” Album Preview

Aaron Flower’s band BAZ has been working on their second album which they are releasing in October through Yum Yum Tree Records. This is your only chance to hear the songs live before the album is launched later in the year.

“This music bristled with fun, imagination and surprise, and constitutes a fascinating project.” –  John Shand, SMH.

Aaron ‘Baz’ Flower (guitar) Evan Mannell (drums, samples) Zoe Hauptmann (bass, vocals) Brian Campeau (vocals, guitar) James Daley (vocals, mandolin) Katie Whiton (vocals)

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Adult $20
Conc $15
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