The Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) will present the best of contemporary Australian jazz. Please visit their website for more information.
Friday 5 June & Saturday 6 June, Near East Quartet (Korea)
The Near East Quartet is a collective organization between saxophonist and composer, Son Sungjae, percussionist Kim Dongwon, guitarist Chung Suwuk and Bassist Lee Soonyong. The project was initiated in 2008 from playing a series of local club gigs and concerts around Korea.
The Music of “The Near East Quartet” is a journey between modern improvisation of Jazz and traditional Korean Soul music.
Friday 12 June, Reuben Bradley Trio featuring Taylor Eigsti, Cthulhu Rising Album Launch
A prolific jazz drummer from Wellington New Zealand, Reuben Bradley is a musician that is constantly pushing forward.
He brings a new set of music for his debut SIMA performance, a launch show for his upcoming album: Cthulhu Rising. The stories of renowned horror author H.P.Lovecraft inspire dark and mystical visions, for the first time these visions have been turned into compositions of depth and wonder in the jazz genre.
Featuring two time Grammy nominated New York pianist Taylor Eigsti and local bassist Brett Hirst, this trio is set to take you on a journey to the dark depths of the cosmos as they re-tell classic horror stories that have disturbed generations. “That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die.” H.P.Lovecraft
Saturday 13 June, Komeda Project
After a successful debut at the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival last year, we are delighted to welcome back Andrea Keller and Miroslav Bukovsky with their project inspired by the music of Polish jazz pianist and film composer Kryzstof Komeda. While reasonably well known to cinema enthusiasts as the composer of the scores to Roman Polanski’s films Knife in the Water, The Fearless Vampire Killers and Rosemary’s Baby, Komeda’s importance as European jazz pioneer is still not well known outside of his native Poland.
This project is a response to, and reinterpretation of, some of the music of Komeda by two leading Australian jazz composers and instrumentalists of Eastern European heritage who have been strongly influenced not only by the music Komeda wrote, but by the spirit in which he wrote it. Through this project they seek to give new voice to the spirit of freedom in Komeda’s music.
Friday 19 June, Steve Hunter Band
Renowned bassist and composer Steve Hunter returns to The Sound Lounge with his quartet project, featuring several of his long-term collaborators. While living extensively overseas Hunter established an enviable international career playing with Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Bobby Previte and many more, and has appeared on around fifty albums.
As a leader, Hunter is noted for his ‘world class level of creativity’ (Sydney Morning Herald) and for this performance the band will play some brand new compositions of Steve’s along with pieces from a range of his recordings including his most recent, Cosmos, which was launched at SIMA last year.
Steve Hunter (bass) Matt Keegan (saxophone) Ben Hauptmann (guitar) Andy Gander (drums)
Saturday 20 June, Jeremy Rose Band
Saxophonist/composer Jeremy Rose is best known for his work with The Vampires, The Strides and the Jeremy Rose Quartet.
“Developing into a significant Australian Voice” (Jazz Australia), he is currently completing his PhD in composition at the Sydney Conservatorium, having also studied in Europe, North America, Cuba and Bali. Rose’s awards include the 2009 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz artist of the Year, was a two-time finalist in the Freedman Jazz Fellowship and is founding director of Earshift Music.
Jeremy Rose (saxophone) Ben Hauptmann (guitar) Tom Botting (bass guitar) Tim Firth (drums).
Friday 26 June, Viata
Inspired by extended time in Romania, Eamon Dilworth’s VIATA project presents a series of character pieces weaved together with improvisations. Viata means life in Romanian and serves as inspiration for music to reflect specific experiences that shape our lives- from improvised to mainstream-pop music.
Eamon Dilworth, whose trumpet “sometimes carries a blast of the raucous vibrancy associated with Balkan Gypsies or Spanish bullfight bands” (Sydney Morning Herald) has established himself as a trumpeter, creative musician & manager with regular performances across Europe, Australia & New Zealand
They are joined by Eamon’s closest collaborator Paul Derricott and bassist Jonathan Zwartz.
Eamon Dilworth (Trumpet) Alister Spence (piano) Jonathan Zwartz (bass) Paul Derricott (drums)
Saturday 27 June, Celebrating with Bernie McGann
In this very special concert saxophonist/composer Sandy Evans pays tribute to long-time collaborator and friend, legendary Australian saxophonist Bernie McGann who passed away in September 2013.
The Australian jazz community is grateful for the enormous contribution Bernie made to the Australian jazz scene, and this specially commissioned work will celebrate his legacy.
Sandy based this suite on a phrase from one of Bernie’s practice notebooks (well known to a number of saxophonists): Long, Loose, Taste, Groove. This notebook, along with recordings and years of playing alongside Bernie has given Sandy an insight into his unique sound and individual voice.
Sandy Evans (tenor saxophone) Andrew Robson (alto saxophone) Warwick Alder (trumpet) Brendan Clarke (bass) Andrew Dickeson (drums)