MARCH 2015

In March 2015 The Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) will present the best of contemporary Australian jazz. Please visit their website for more information.

Friday 6 March, Joseph O’Connor + Matt McMahon solo CD launch

This long awaited event, the launch of pianist Matt McMahon’s first solo album, The Voyage of William and Mary. Well known for his collaborations with jazz greats, this debut solo album pays tribute to his forebears, draws on his love of improvisation and piano playing in all its forms.

Also on the bill is one of Australia’s most exciting young pianists and composers, Joe O’Connor, who blew away judges and audiences when he scooped first place at the prestigious National Jazz Awards in 2013. Come and hear the ‘breathtaking originality’ of his trio.

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Saturday 7 March, Chris Cody Trio

Cody’s music reveals a love of the jazz traditions and the influence of French, African and Arab musicians he has worked with in Paris. Blended with urban grooves, its warmth, lyricism and humour has seduced audiences world-wide and received rave reviews from critics.

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Friday 13 March, Paul Derricott’s Arrow

Lead by Drummer Paul Derricott, Arrow explores the fringe of free improvisation, pop music and soundscapes. They will play music from their 2010 debut release Big Sea and their latest album Navigator, recorded and produced by Paul and Eamon Dilworth.

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Saturday 14, Andy Gander Quartet

Andy Gander Quartet is a virtuosic group of first-call Sydney players each of whom is a key member of the modern Australian jazz elite.

The group works in largely odd-meter grooves based in jazz, Afro-Cuban and funk idioms, combining this with polymetric improvisational interplay and free-form improvisation as well as hard-grooving traditional approaches to the music.

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Friday 20, Alister Spence Trio

“Art that allows us to be other than who we are, even for a moment, is invaluable… Mesmerising” Sydney Morning Herald

One of the most distinctive and spellbinding units in improvised music; the Alister Spence Trio has attracted global recognition for their ingenious compositions and magnetic live interplay. Together, they create luminous soundscapes that are dark, lyrical, textured and endlessly surprising.

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Saturday 21 March, Virna Sanzone Band

Bringing a world of diverse musical influences, Virna’s deeply soulful sound has the ability to sail effortlessly through the most intricate of jazz melodies. Renowned for her passionate delivery and remarkable improvisational approach, Virna enchants audiences with her inventive renditions of jazz standards and powerful originals.

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Friday 27 March, Phillip Johnston Quartet

Phillip Johnston is an American saxophonist/composer who lives in Sydney, while still maintaining a musical life in his hometown of New York City. He will be performing new music developed for his March residency at John Zorn’s NYC performance space, The Stone.

Phillip Johnston (soprano saxophone), Alister Spence (piano/keyboard), Lloyd Swanton (bass), Nic Cecire (drums)

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Saturday 28 March, Tony Gorman & Bobby Singh + Sandy Evans Trio feat. Bobby Singh

Tony’s infinitely nuanced clarinet playing is pensive. Accompanied by tabla wizard Bobby Singh, this duo was described by SMH as “intimate, like music being whispered in your ear, or like a confession from a best friend”.

The second half of this concert features the Sandy Evans Trio with Bobby Singh- an ensemble who redefine the fusion of jazz and Indian music with thrilling dialogue, breath-taking improvisations and stunning percussion solos.

Sandy Evans (saxophone) Tony Gorman (clarinet) Bobby Singh (Tabla) Brett Hirst (bass) Toby Hall(drums)

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