SIMA presents

JAZZ:NOW Winter 2019

20 Jul - 31 Aug 2019

Sat Jul 20 8:00pm | Mary Rapp - Album Launch

Inspired by Pansori singer II Dong Bae’s performance with Simon Barker in 2013, bassist/celloist and vocalist Mary Rapp spent countless hours with Barker and II Dong Bae, clapping rhythms in Australia and in Dong Bae’s native Korea, exploring the possibilities of this joyful music, both ancient and new.


SUPPORT: James and Gary Daley



Sat 27 Jul 8:00pm | Phil Slater Quintet

Phil Slater is recognised as one of Australia’s most original and accomplished artists. He has gained wide-spread critical acclaim, earning him almost every major jazz award in Australia including a National Jazz and Bell Award and the Freedman Fellowship for Jazz. Leader or co-leader of Sun Songbook, Band of Five Names, Trace Sphere and lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he has performed and recorded with many artists including; Archie Roach, Mike Nock, Katie Noonan, the Australian Art Orchestra, PNAU, DIG, Vince Jones and Missy Higgins.


SUPPORT: Brianna Cowlishaw and Gavin Ahearn



Sat 3 Aug 8:00pm | Grown Ocean - Novak Manojlovic

Led by emerging pianist/composer Novak Manojlovic, Grown Ocean is an ensemble project comprising of exciting, next-generation musicians that play through composed song forms. Together the group conjure Manojlovic’s evocative sonic storytelling, which spans a vast array of genres and encourages recollections of time and space through swirling mosaics of sound, quiet meditations and soaring peaks. Following their debut release, We Are Very Far, Grown Ocean will release their second album Memory Gardens later in the year.





Sat 17 Aug 8:00pm | Margossian & Sanzone - Crossroads

Joining forces for the first time, Zela Margossian and Virna Sanzone unite for a cross cultural collaboration that celebrates their multiple ethnicities, including a shared Armenian ancestry.


Considered one of Australia’s most distinguished jazz and soul artists, Virna Sanzone has been an integral part of artistic projects spanning a broad range of genres. The Italian Project with pianist Paul Grabowsky represented Sanzone’s first exploration of her heritage through music, receiving critical and audience acclaim at the Stonnington Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and the SIMA Women’s International Jazz Festival.


SUPPORT: Blueprints Trio



Sat 24 Aug 8:00pm | Sandy Evans - Ahimsa: Meditations on Gandhi

An entrancing evening featuring two Indian-jazz intercultural projects by some of Australia’s leading jazz and Indian musicians, directed and composed by Sandy Evans whose recent collaboration, Bridge of Dreams received rave reviews from a sold-out performance at The City Recital Hall for the 2019 Sydney Festival.



Sat 31 Aug 8:00pm | Origami - Wu Xing (MELB)

Nominated for The Age Music Victoria Awards for Best Jazz Album 2018, “Wu Xing” translates in Chinese as “five elements”: Wood (mù), Fire (huh), Earth (tu), Metal (jin), and Water (shui). Taking listeners on a journey through the transformative states of each element, Wu Xing features Wang Zheng-Ting, a master sheng player (Chinese mouth organ) and demonstrates the virtuosity, spirit and imagination that Adam Simmons has become synonymous with. Oragami also features the pivotal talents of Howard Cairnes (Way Out West) and Hugh Harvey (The Meltdown, Cat Empire, Julien Wilson’s “B for Chicken” and Paper Planes).


SUPPORT: Phil Stack