SIMA presents

Summer Jazz 2016-2017

10 Dec - 25 Feb

The Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) will present the best of contemporary Australian jazz with Summer Jazz 2016-2017. Please see the below drop down boxes for full information and booking links.

Full program:

10 DEC: ANDREW ROBSON

BREE VAN REYK + VERONIQUE SERRET (8pm opening)

This new duo project from Bree van Reyk and Veronique Serret sees these two versatile and in demand instrumentalists chart a new course for the rarely heard combination of vibraphone and violin.  Both musicians are known for their extensive cross-genre careers performing with artists and groups as varied as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Mike Patton, Sarah Blasko, Ensemble Offspring, Joanna Newsom and Gurrumul. Van Reyk and Serret have crafted a new repertoire of original compositions, inspired soundscapes and intriguing improvisations drawing on these influences which they will present alongside re-inventions of J.S. Bach.

 

BREE VAN REYK vibraphone VERONIQUE SERRET violin

 

ANDREW ROBSON’S CHILD BALLADS ALBUM LAUNCH (9pm)

The Child Ballads is a new project from award-winning saxophonist and composer Andrew Robson. Based on ballad texts from FJ Child’s iconic collection, The Child Ballads brings to life ancient folk tales of love, lust, treachery and murder. Robson breathes new life into the lyrics of eight English and Scottish folk ballads. Robson is joined by the celebrated folk and world music master Llew Kiek on guitar, iconic Australian vocalist Mara Kiek and esteemed double bassist Steve Elphick.

Andrew Robson is recognised as one of our most distinctive improvisers and composers. In addition to leading his own groups, he is also known for his work with trombonist James Greening, Sandy Evans, the Paul Grabowsky Sextet and Ten Part Invention, stepping in for the great Bernie McGann after his retirement.

 

ANDREW ROBSON alto/baritone saxophones MARA KIEK vocals, tapan (drum) LLEW KIEK guitar, bouzouki STEVE ELPHICK double bass

 

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Full price $30

Multi Tix $27

Member/Concession $25

Student $15

17 DEC: THE COPE ST PARADE

SIKKIM REX (8pm opening)   

Sikkim Rex plays the isometric music of the street. Rhythms from Congo, Mississippi, Punjab and Seattle, mixed with rhymes, chants, slogans and songs create a transcendental body moving experience. This is raucous soul food at its gritty best, like a long lost Alan Lomax recording through a modern lens.

 

EVAN MANNELL drums, samples, percussion, vocals SAM GOLDING  flute, euphonium, cowbell, vocals MEKLIT KIBRET vocals, trombone, maracas AARON FLOWER guitar, cowbell, vocals

 

THE COPE ST PARADE – ALBUM LAUNCH (9pm)

This is Ecstasy” – John Clare, Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney based jazz band The Cope Street Parade will make their return to the Sound Lounge to launch their latest album Townie Ramble On.  This is original Australian Swing Music. The Parade blends the hot sounds of gypsy swing with elements of New Orleans traditional jazz to create a style of music that sounds both new and old yet always uniquely Australian. Imagine if Django Reinhardt met Louis Armstrong in a good old country pub.

Townie Ramble On is the sixth release by the band and will be available through Yum Yum Tree Records. This album sees the group expand upon their well-established style. They draw on more sophisticated sonic textures found in folk, pop and traditional gypsy music.

 

JUSTIN FERMINO tenor and alto saxophone, voice AARON FLOWER manouche, guitar, vocals

BEN PANUCCI manouche, guitar, vocals SAM DOBSON bass, vocals

 

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Full price $30

Multi Tix $27

Member/Concession $25

Student $15

14 JAN: MICHAEL AVGENICOS

ZELA MARGOSSIAN (8pm opening)

Born in Beirut of Armenian heritage, pianist Zela Margossian grew up being exposed to many genres of music. She studied classical music in Armenia, later gravitating towards the Armenian ethno-jazz she experienced in local jazz venues.

For this performance Zela teams up with the Yilmaz brothers. With their extensive backgrounds in Kurdish and Turkish folk music, their compositions complement the performers with their professional approach and virtuosity.

Zela is a graduate of the Young Women in Jazz Workshops, co-founded by SIMA and Dr Sandy Evans OAM. Zela is now pursuing a successful career in jazz and world music.

 

ZELA MARGOSSIAN piano METIN YILMAZ kaval  ADEM YILMAZ percussion

 

TRIGGER: MICHAEL AVGENICOS (9pm)

Trigger is a new initiative which pairs leading jazz musicians with a selected emerging artist to bring to life their original compositions.

 

Michael Avgenicos, a recent graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, is quickly making a name for himself as a performer and composer and has been selected as a finalist at 2016 National Jazz Awards. Michael performs regularly with a number of Sydney big bands, as well as performing all original music in acoustic/electronic band Lightcycle, and The Avgenicos Brothers, a band he co-leads with his brother, Thomas.  With a wide variety of influences, Michael’s compositions have a focus on melody and groove, with elements of 50s funk, 60s free bop, 90s hip hop and modern jazz.  For Trigger, Michael is excited to premiere a fresh set of music for the band featuring Harry Sutherland, Jonathan Zwartz and Hamish Stuart. Expect to hear songs written specifically with this band in mind, leaning towards the more traditional sound of ballads and bluesy standards.

 

MICHAEL AVGENICOS tenor saxophone HARRY SUTHERLAND piano JONATHAN ZWARTZ bass

HAMISH STUART drums

 

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Full price $30

Multi Tix $27

Member/Concession $25

Student $15

21 JAN: GREAT SCOTT! THE MUSIC OF RAYMOND SCOTT

PETER DASENT (8pm opening)

Peter Dasent is best known in Sydney as leader of The Umbrellas, and for those with preschoolers, as the resident pianist at Play School since 2000. In 2015 he released an album of his piano compositions Songs for Solo Piano, which was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios in London. In a 4.5 star review, John Shand wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald “he composes with the same absence of artifice with which a child builds sandcastles.”

 

PETER DASENT piano

 

GREAT SCOTT!  THE MUSIC OF RAYMOND SCOTT (9pm)

Raymond Scott (born Harry Warnow) was an American composer, band leader, pianist, engineer, recording studio maverick and electronic instrument inventor. Great Scott! will explore Raymond Scott’s early quintet miniature masterpieces, his ground-breaking electronica as well as his eerie and often un-nerving advertisement jingles.

 

Scott was an early electronic music pioneer and adventurous sound engineer. In 1946, he established Manhattan Research, which he announced would “design and manufacture electronic music devices and systems.”  Of unique interest were instruments like the keyboard theremin, chromatic electronic drum generators and circle generators.

 

Although Scott never scored cartoon soundtracks, his music is familiar to millions because of its adaptation by Carl Stalling in over 120 classic Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and other Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated shorts. Scott’s melodies may also be heard in contemporary shows like Ren and StimpyDuckmanThe Simpsons, AnimaniacsThe Oblongs and Batfink.

 

SARAH BELKNER vocals MATT OTTIGNON saxophone ROSS HARRINGTON clarinet SAM GOLDING trumpet  PETER DASENT piano STEVE ELPHICK double bass EVAN MANNELL drums

 

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Full price $30

Multi Tix $27

Member/Concession $25

Student $15

28 JAN: FINNLAND

GERARD MASTERS (8pm opening)

New Zealand-born Gerard Masters has a virtuosic command of the keyboard and a penchant for beautiful melodies. Not only an accomplished jazz player, he is also a sought after session musician, collaborating with leading country and contemporary artists including Missy Higgins, Wes Carr and the Potbelleez.

 

GERARD MASTERS  piano, vocals

 

FINNLAND (9pm)

Inspired by the abundant songbook penned by Neil and Tim Finn, FinnLand features two of the most respected vocal artists working in Australian jazz today.  Described by James Morrison as “the greatest gift to Australian Jazz Vocals in the last decade”, the exquisite Emma Pask pays tribute to these iconic compositions alongside the warm and powerful tones of Darren Percival. Conceived by jazz pianist Gerrard Masters, FinnLand brings together leading Australian artists to reinterpret these popular classics.

This is FinnLand’s first intimate headline show after a fantastic year of sold-out festival shows in 2016 including Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Berry Jazz Festival, Tauranga Jazz Festival (NZ) and the Manly Jazz Festival.

 

EMMA PASK vocals DARREN PERCIVAL vocals GERARD MASTERS piano, vocals AARON FLOWER guitar EVAN MANNELL drums ZOE HAUPTMANN bass

 

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Full price $30

Multi Tix $27

Member/Concession $25

Student $15

4 FEB: MIKE NOCK AND LAURENCE PIKE

ALON ILSAR AND SANDY EVANS DUO (8pm opening)

Sandy Evans and Alon Ilsar launched this new collaboration at the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival in 2015 with ‘cunning electronics’ and ‘stunning improvising’ (John Shand). Sandy Evans’ love for Indian music and deep musical searching unites with Ilsar’s innovative live sampling technology and mastery of his custom gestural controller.

 

SANDY EVANS saxophones ALON ILSAR airsticks, drumkit

 

MIKE NOCK AND LAURENCE PIKE (9pm)
‘Sumptuous and elegant’ John McBeath, The Australian
Mike Nock and Laurence Pike share a musical friendship that began almost 20 years ago when Pike was a 17 year old student at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music and was asked to join the pianist’s band. In the two decades since both have created a wealth of divergent and inspiring music: Pike crossing over into the world of electronics and rock with his bands PVT, Triosk and the recent Szun Waves, and work with artists such as Jack Ladder and Sarah Blasko, whilst Nock has continually remained at the forefront of modern jazz and creative music in Australia and New Zealand.

 

Their two albums together have seen them develop a language of improvised music as a vehicle for spiritual discovery and storytelling. Their most recent album, Beginning And End Of Knowing, was recorded in Oslo’s famed Rainbow Studios, and was winner of the 2016 Jazz Bell Award for Best Produced Album.

Mike Nock (piano, keyboards) Laurence Pike (drums, sampler)

 

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Full price $30

Multi Tix $27

Member/Concession $25

Student $15

11 FEB: THE PAGE OF MADNESS SUITE - PHILLIP JOHNSTON

GARY DALEY and PAUL CUTLAN (8 pm opening)

“This duo is doing some of the most interesting combinations of composed and improvised music that I’ve heard in Australia…An amazing performance…pure pleasure for the listener.” Philip Johnston, composer

 

Gary Daley and Paul Cutlan have established a unique musical collaboration over the last few years, discovering their shared passion for twentieth century classical, jazz, world music and free improvisation.  Between them lies a kaleidoscopic world of tone colours, with piano, accordion, various saxophones and clarinets in the mix. From Messiaen to Bartok, Fats Waller to Steve Swallow, traditional African to atmospheric “improv”, Gary and Paul create music of colour, beauty and emotion.

 

GARY DALEY piano, accordion PAUL CUTLAN clarinet, bass clarinet

 

THE PAGE OF MADNESS SUITE – PHILLIP JOHNSTON (9pm)

Phillip Johnston’s Page of Madness: Suite for Improvisers will have its Australian premiere at SIMA’s Summer Jazz at The Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre on 11 Feb 2016.

 

The music is based on Johnston’s original score for Teinosuke Kinugasa’s 1926 Japanese silent film, Kurutta Ippēji (A Page of Madness) which was premiered at the Lincoln Center in 1998 and later had its Australian premiere at The Sydney Film Festival in 2008. The music is a vehicle for a group of stellar Sydney improvisers, in the spirit of large ensemble music such as Carla Bley’s Escalator Over The Hill for the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, or the music of The New York Composers Orchestra, of which Johnston was an originating member in the late 1980s. This film-score-without-a-film is both haunting and exhilarating.

 

PHILLIP JOHNSTON soprano saxophone PETER FARRAR alto saxophone SANDY EVANS tenor saxophone ANDREW ROBSON alto saxophone JASON NOBLE clarinet PAUL CUTLAN bass clarinet ALEX SILVER trombone JAMES GREENING trombone, tuba DARYL PRATT vibraphone LLOYD SWANTON bass HAMISH STUART drums

 

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Full price $38

Multi Tix $35

Member/Concession $32

Student $25

18 FEB: DIVERGENCE JAZZ ORCHESTRA FEATURING MIROSLAV BUKOVSKY

LORETTA PALMEIRO AND ANDREW SCOTT (8pm opening)

These long-time musical colleagues will present a rare duo performance of a collection of originals alongside melodies from the late-romantic era. These musical gems are reimagined for a contemporary jazz setting.

 

Loretta Palmeiro is an accomplished saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. In-demand as an ensemble player, she moves seamlessly between jazz orchestras, avant-rock groups and chamber ensembles.  As a jazz soloist she produces a saxophone tone of liquid honey.   .

 

Andrew Scott is a busy young performer on the Sydney jazz scene whose playing is pure joy. His light touch on the piano oozes swing and feel and he is equally at home behind an accordion or in the studio composing and producing music for film.

 

LORETTA PALMEIRO saxophone ANDREW SCOTT piano

 

DIVERGENCE JAZZ ORCHESTRA FEATURING MIROSLAV BUKOVSKY (9pm)

Divergence Jazz Orchestra comprises 19 of Sydney’s most accomplished young musicians led by Jenna Cave (conductor/composer) and Paul Weber (trombone). Their sound brings the spirit and tradition of improvised jazz music to the 21st century big band. The band performs music by Jenna Cave and band members, whilst also featuring music by other Australian composers.

 

Divergence will feature Miroslav Bukovsky as a guest soloist on a range of new Divergence material by Jenna Cave and others alongside compositions by Bukovsky reimagined for an orchestra of 19 instruments.

 

Guest Soloist: MIROSLAV BUKOVSKY trumpet, flugelhorn

 

JENNA CAVE conductor and composer PAUL WEBER trombone, co-musical director

TIM COGGINS, ROSE FOSTER, LUKE DAVIS trombones

PAUL MURCHISON, ROB CAMPBELL, WILL ENDICOTT, PAUL MEO, WILL GILBERT trumpets, flugelhorns

JUSTIN BUCKINGHAM lead alto saxophone, flute LORETTA PALMEIRO alto, soprano saxophone, flute, clarinet DAVE REGLAR tenor, alto saxophone LOUIS KLAASSEN tenor saxophone TIM CLARKSON baritone saxophone, flute, clarinet

LUKE LIANG guitar ANDREW SCOTT piano HANNAH JAMES bass JAMES MCCAFFREY drums

 

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Full price $38

Multi Tix $35

Member/Concession $32

Student $25

25 FEB: PHIL SLATER QUINTET

JAMES MCLEAN (8pm opening)

2016 Freedman Jazz Fellow and first drummer to win the prestigious Freedman Award, James McLean works at the intersections of composed and improvised music.

 

In late 2015, James released his debut solo album Counter Clockwork – a suite of solo

drum set music. For this performance, James will present a series of new solo works. These works demonstrate his virtuosity in movement informed improvising, multipart rhythmic structures, and extended techniques for the drum set.

 

Best known as a sideman in the jazz genre, James has recorded with a diverse range of artists including Marc Hannaford, Eugene Ball, Joseph O’Connor and Paul Williamson. He co-leads numerous ensembles, including All Talk, Blind Spot, and Dispositions, a duo with expatriate composer/percussionist Phil Treloar.

 

JAMES MCLEAN drums

 

PHIL SLATER QUINTET (9pm)

Phil Slater is a trumpeter and composer whose music draws upon studies with composers Peter Sculthorpe, Andrew Ford and Barry Conyngham and jazz practitioners Mike Nock, Scott Tinkler, Dale Barlow, Bernie McGann, Sandy Evans, Steve Hunter, Jonathan Zwartz and Rick Robertson. This new project features premiere performances of new works composed for the quintet and reflects Phil’s longstanding position as a leading voice of contemporary jazz in Australia.

 

Phil Slater has been awarded the Freedman Fellowship, The National Jazz Award, The Bell Award for Australian Jazz Musician of the Year, the Bell Award for Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Ensemble (Phil Slater Quartet) and the Limelight Award for Outstanding Contribution to Contemporary Australian Jazz.

 

PHIL SLATER trumpet MATT KEEGAN saxophone MATT MCMAHON piano

BRETT HIRST bass and SIMON BARKER drums

 

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Full price $30

Multi Tix $27

Member/Concession $25

Student $15