SIMA presents

Winter Jazz 2018

2 Jun - 25 Aug 2018

Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) presents Winter Jazz in the Sound Lounge showcasing the very best creative music on offer. Expect to hear celebrated Australian jazz musicians, outstanding up-and-coming young artists plus some killer international acts. No matter which night you attend, our weekly Saturday program guarantees you an exceptional evening of music.

Sat 2 Jun - Wanderlust 25th Anniversary

WANDERLUST 25TH ANNIVERSARY

 

“The entire world of musical influences has been distilled into this one band…” MCA Music Forum Magazine

 

ARIA Award-winning, iconic Sydney all-star band Wanderlust celebrates their 25th anniversary on the opening night of Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA)’s 2018 Winter Jazz season. Wanderlust first appeared as part of the creative surge that swept Sydney’s jazz scene in the early 1990s, and their core ensemble has remained consistent over 25 years.

 

Under the leadership of one of Australia’s best trumpeters and composers, Miroslav Bukovsky, Wanderlust has forged a uniquely identifiable sound blending global beats and melodies with jazz improvisation. Wanderlust has performed at major festivals across Europe, Asia and Australia. With six highly acclaimed albums and an ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album (1994), Wanderlust is one of Australia’s most enduring and iconic ensembles.

 

Miroslav Bukovsky – trumpet, flugelhorn; James Greening – trombone; Jeremy Sawkins – guitar; Alister Spence – piano; Brendan Clarke – bass; Fabian Hevia – drums, percussion

 

Image credit: Tomas Pokorny

 

SPECIAL SUPPORT: BARRETT & CLARKE

 

Award-winning bassist Brendan Clarke has teamed up with one of the most talented pianists of his generation, Hugh Barrett. Brendan and Hugh were long time members of Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, the Neilsen Gough Quartet and The Denominators. Expect exhilarating original sonic journeys and explorations of the music of John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller amongst others.

 

Hugh Barrett – piano; Brendan Clarke – bass

 

Time: Sat 2 Jun 8pm

 

Duration: 95 minutes plus interval

 

Tickets:
Early Bird Adult $30*
Early Bird Concession / SIMA Member tickets $25*
Early Bird Student $20*
Adult $35
Concession / SIMA Member tickets $30
Student $25

*Early Bird available up to 31 May

 

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Sat 9 Jun - James Macaulay (Vic) and the Happy Hoppy Orchestra

JAMES MACAULAY (VIC) AND THE HAPPY HOPPY ORCHESTRA, TODAY WILL

BE ANOTHER DAY ALBUM LAUNCH

 

“an outstanding trombone player, one of the best in the country” – Peter Knight

“technically fluent and bursting with ideas” – Eric Myers, The Age

 

National Jazz Award-winner James Macaulay recently returned from recording his dream project, Today Will Be Another Day, in Tokyo. The music is inspired by his experiences in Japan, touring with Melbourne traditional jazz band the Lagerphones and pianist Aaron Choulai.

 

Inspired by the work of the Allan Browne Quintet, James combines lyricism and abstraction to produce new ways to organise improvisation within a jazz septet. A powerhouse cast of local musicians join him for the Sydney launch.

 

James Macaulay – trombone; Warwick Alder – trumpet; Peter Farrar – alto saxophone; Matt Keegan – tenor saxophone; Steve Barry – piano; Phil Stack – bass; Finn Ryan – drums

 

 

SPECIAL SUPPORT: PETER DASENT TRIO

 

Peter Dasent is well known as a solo pianist and leader of sextet The Umbrellas, “one of the treasures of Australian music” (‘Sydney Morning Herald’). For the first time, Peter has been revisiting some of his favourite compositions written 30-40 years ago in a classic piano trio format.

 

Peter Dasent – piano; Max Alduca – double bass; Finn Ryan – drums

 

Time: Sat 9 Jun 8pm

 

Duration: 95 minutes plus interval

 

Tickets:
Early Bird Adult $30*
Early Bird Concession / SIMA Member tickets $25*
Early Bird Student $20*
Adult $35
Concession / SIMA Member tickets $30
Student $25

*Early Bird available up to 31 May

 

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Sat 16 Jun - Zac Hurren (Qld) Quartet

 

ZAC HURREN QUARTET, ASYLUM ALBUM LAUNCH

 

“Zac Hurren is one bright light!” – Bernie McGann

“One of the leaders of his generation of improvisers” – Paul Grabowsky

 

National Jazz Award-winner, ARIA Award-winner and Freedman Fellowship finalist Zac Hurren is a distinctly Australian saxophonist, composer and improviser.

 

In 2011 Zac won the ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album with his group Elixir, and they are currently preparing to record their next album with Katie Noonan and Stephen Magnusson, featuring a collaboration with Australian luminary Michael Leunig.

 

With roots firmly probing the rich soils of Australian jazz and improvisation, Zac’s chordless quartet also draws inspiration from classical ideas, from baroque to serialism.

 

Zac Hurren – tenor saxophone, composition; Simon Ferenci – trumpet; Cameron Undy – double bass; Simon Barker – drums

 

Special support: Brad Plays Ballads

 

Bradford Child has been a fixture in Sydney jazz for 30 years. The Brad Child Orchestra were weekly residents at the Soup Plus for nine years, and he has performed internationally at Ronnie Scott’s, Notting Hill Festival, Edinburgh Festival and many more. Come see why Brad is a world renowned interpreter of old ballads.

 

Brad Child – tenor saxophone; Peter Locke – piano

 

Time: Sat 16 Jun 8pm

 

Duration: 95 minutes plus interval

 

Tickets:
Early Bird Adult $25*
Early Bird Concession / SIMA Member tickets $20*
Early Bird Student $15*
Adult $30
Concession / SIMA Member tickets $25
Student $20

*Early Bird available up to 31 May

 

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Sat 23 Jun - Dans Les Arbres (FRA/NOR)

 

DANS LES ARBRES (FRA/NOR)

 

“Highly unusual, extremely beautiful, utterly bizarre while still being accessible” – Free Jazz Blog

 

ECM Records artists Dans Les Arbres are making some of the most engaging, mysterious and beautiful music in the field of improvisation.

 

Nominated for the prestigious Nordic Music Prize in 2015, the idiosyncratic French-Norwegian ensemble combines airy, wooden, metallic sounds, prepared strings and tampered drum heads.

 

The Wire praised their 2017 ECM album Phosphorescence, “One of the finest ECM improv releases – indeed, releases from any label – in recent years”. Since recording their first album in 2006, Dans Les Arbres has performed more than 120 concerts around the globe.

 

Their strange sound world and their fine sense of communication lead to collective playing and spontaneous group-composing in a class of its own. They’ve been joined by guest musicians such as Yumiko Tanaka, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O´Rourke, Norwegian duo Vilde & Inga and The Norwegian Wind Ensemble.

 

Since 2015 they’ve drawn mainstream national attention, after performing with the Oslo Sinfonietta of Hellstenius’s About Nature at the Oslo Opera House.

 

Dans Les Arbres are now regarded as a kind of ‘supergroup’, making absolutely contemporary music that’s completely peerless.

 

Xavier Charles – clarinet; Ivar Grydeland  – electric guitar; Christian Wallumrød  – prepared piano; Ingar Zach – bass drum, percussion

 

Image credit: Eve Lagger

 

SPECIAL SUPPORT: MICK STUART ON POLYMBA

 

Mick Stuart – polymba

 

Time: Sat 23 Jun 8pm

 

Duration: 95 minutes plus interval

 

Tickets:
Early Bird Adult $32*
Early Bird Concession / SIMA Member tickets $26*
Early Bird Student $20*
Adult $38
Concession / SIMA Member tickets $32
Student $26

*Early Bird available up to 31 May

 

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Sat 30 Jun - Zela Margossian Quintet

 

ZELA MARGOSSIAN QUINTET

 

Zela Margossian Quintet performs passionate, energetic ethno-jazz influenced by traditional Armenian music.

 

They were a stand-out crowd favourite at the 2017 Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival, and have recently returned from performing at the Beirut International Jazz Festival.

 

Born in Beirut, Zela went on to study piano performance in Armenia, where she developed a passion for the ethno-jazz of the lively local scene. Since moving to Sydney, Zela has been establishing herself as ‘one to watch’ as an artist and composer.

 

In this performance the audience will be treated to new music, including unheard material from their forthcoming debut album.

 

Zela Margossian – piano; Stuart Vandegraaff – clarinet, nay, saxophone; Elsen Price  – double bass; Adem Yilmaz -percussion; Alexander Inman-Hislop – drums

 

SPECIAL SUPPORT: TREVOR BROWN

 

Trevor was a featured artist at Ars Electronica 2017 and received Australia Council funding to tour his durational work Dronescape across six European countries. Combining classical, jazz, world, experimental and electronic music, Trevor’s one-man show has received great acclaim, being termed “mesmerising” and “brilliant” by The Scotsman (Edinburgh).

 

Trevor Brown – saxophone, clarinet, flute, electronics

 

Time: Sat 30 Jun 8pm

 

Duration: 95 minutes plus interval

 

Tickets:
Early Bird Adult $25*
Early Bird Concession / SIMA Member tickets $20*
Early Bird Student $15*
Adult $30
Concession / SIMA Member tickets $25
Student $20

*Early Bird available up to 31 May

 

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Sat 7 Jul - SIMA Triple Bill

 

SOME OF TWO PARTS

 

Some of Two Parts made their major public debut at the 2017 Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival, enthralling the crowd with their all-original real-time compositions. Accomplished pianist and composer Mark Isaacs brings his exploration of the dark and soulful musical spirit, ‘duende’, into conversation with likeminded soul, versatile saxophonist and Australia Arts Council recipient Loretta Palmeiro. Together they carry Iberian folkloric elements such as flamenco and fado over a jazz-meets-contemporary-classical bedrock.

 

Loretta Palmeiro – soprano saxophone; Mark Isaacs – piano

 

MATT KEEGAN’S K2

 

Earlier this year, Freedman Fellow Matt Keegan released new major work, Vienna Dreaming, a suite of programmatic music dedicated to his great grandfather, pianist Heini Portnoj. Matt will perform excerpts from this with soundscapes, textures and grooves played live on the Octatrack (a dynamic performance sampler) designed to inspire melodic and rhythmic improvised dialogue between saxophone and drums. Against this sonic backdrop Keegan will explore his full palette of otherworldly saxophone effects, crafted over the past 20 years of creative exploration.

 

Matt Keegan – saxophones, effects, octatrack; Finn Ryan -drums and percussion

 

JESSICA DUNN

 

Award-winning bassist, composer, and leader of 18-piece Sirens Big Band, Jessica Dunn has been developing original repertoire for solo double bass, expanding her own language and approach to the instrument through extended techniques and the use of electronics.

 

Image credit: Brett Boardman

 

Jessica Dunn – double bass, electronics

 

Time: Sat 7 Jul 8pm

 

Duration: 2.5 hours including intervals

 

Tickets:
Early Bird Adult $20*
Early Bird Concession / SIMA Member tickets $15*
Early Bird Student $10*
Adult $25
Concession / SIMA Member tickets $20
Student $15

*Early Bird available up to 31 May

 

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Sat 14 Jul - Trigger Artist: Jacques Emery

 

TRIGGER ARTIST: PRESENTING JACQUES EMERY & BAND

 

Be inspired by the sound of tomorrow in SIMA’s Trigger showcase, spotlighting ‘one to watch’ each season – an outstanding, early career jazz artist.

 

In Winter 2018, we present award-winning young double bassist, Jacques Emery.

 

Already in-demand as an improvising bassist in Sydney’s jazz scene, Jacques is involved with several original projects such as minimalist, improvising trio Bornholdt/Emery/Inman-Hislop and indie-jazz outfit HEKKA.

 

As part of the Trigger initiative, Jacques’s minimal compositions are brought to life in collaboration with two of Sydney’s most versatile and established improvisers, pianist Matt McMahon and drummer James Waples.

 

Hear some of the most exciting musical ideas coming from the new generation as the trio slowly unfolds huge sound worlds of Jacques’ own devising, and experiments with some well-known jazz repertoire.

 

Jacques Emery – composition, double bass; Matt Mcmahon – piano; James Waples – drums

 

SPECIAL SUPPORT: JODIE MICHAEL TRIO

 

Winner of the 2013 Jann Rutherford Memorial Award and named one of the ‘Next Big Things’ by The Sydney Morning Herald, Jodie Michael leads this idiosyncratic exploration of late 1960s and avant-garde repertoire. They’ll explore song forms and melodic structures not commonly traversed today.

 

Jodie Michael – drums; Peter Farrar – saxophone; Jonathan Zwartz – bass

 

Time: Sat 14 Jul 8pm

 

Duration: 95 minutes plus interval

 

Tickets:
Early Bird Adult $20*
Early Bird Concession / SIMA Member tickets $15*
Early Bird Student $10*
Adult $25
Concession / SIMA Member tickets $20
Student $15

*Early Bird available up to 31 May

 

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Sat 21 Jul - Paul Cutlan's String Project

 

 

PAUL CUTLAN’S STRING PROJECT, MERGE/EMERGE PREMIERE

 

“Paul Cutlan has always had a spiritual halo around his music” – Australian Jazz

“an improvised reverie of centuries past” – John Shand

 

In 2015, Paul Cutlan launched his first String Project to a capacity SIMA audience left in raptures.

 

In 2018, Paul Cutlan’s String Project is back to premiere his new work, a reflection on the centenary of the ‘war to end all wars’, played with his new string quartet Merge/Emerge.

 

Imagine the refined sounds of a string quartet improvising exquisite textures alongside the dark ruminations of double bass and bass clarinet, played by two of Australia’s most experienced jazz musicians. This is the sound world created by Paul Cutlan’s String Project.

 

Paul Cutlan – composition, bass clarinet; Liisa Pallandi – violin; Lachlan O’Donnell – violin; James Eccles – viola; Oliver Miller – cello; Brett Hirst – double bass

Top image credit: Camille Walsh. Image credit: Tomas Pokorny

 

SPECIAL SUPPORT: SIMON BARKER, URGENCY! DRUM CHANTS FOR KIRIBATI AND THE MARSHALL ISLANDS, DOUBLE ALBUM LAUNCH

 

Join legendary local drummer Simon Barker for the launch of a double album of solo drumming chants, Urgency! Drum Chants for Kiribati and the Marshall Islands.

 

Developed and played in solidarity with communities and ecosystems facing upheaval due to climate change, don’t miss this latest work from “Australia’s most distinctive kit- drummer” (John Shand).

 

Simon Barker –  drums

 

Time: Sat 21 Jul 8pm

 

Duration: 95 minutes plus interval

 

Tickets:
Early Bird Adult $30*
Early Bird Concession / SIMA Member tickets $25*
Early Bird Student $20*
Adult $35
Concession / SIMA Member tickets $30
Student $25

*Early Bird available up to 31 May

 

BOOK ONLINE HERE

 

Sat 28 Jul - Eamon Dilworth Album Launch

 

EAMON DILWORTH, VIATA ALBUM LAUNCH

 

“Beautifully atmospheric” – Lloyd Swanton (The Necks, The Catholics)

 

Sydney composer and trumpeter Eamon Dilworth (Tijuana Cartel, Ed Kuepper, Low Down Riders) presents new ensemble and album, Viata.

 

Inspired by a journey through Romania, viata means ‘life’ in Romanian.

 

Best known for his previous albums with The Dilworths, Eamon has also performed with Dale Barlow, James Muller, The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, Nigel Kennedy, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy and Asgier, and toured Europe three times with Caravana Sun.

 

Viata brings together highly regarded improvisers and composers Alister Spence, Jonathan Zwartz, Carl Morgan and Paul Derricott, and forms a pensive soundtrack capturing the mood of his Romanian wandering.

 

Eamon Dilworth – trumpet; Alister Spence – piano; Carl Morgan – guitar; Jonathan Zwartz – bass; Paul Derricott – drums

 

SPECIAL SUPPORT FROM KATE WADEY TRIO

 

Kate Wadey is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in Australian jazz. Her recently released 2018 album, A Hundred Years from Today, is an excellent introduction to the charm and sophistication which has already won her so many fans. Expect highly assured, fine, characterful and swinging jazz fare.

 

Kate Wadey – vocals; Harry Sutherland – piano; Samuel Dobson – double bass

 

Time: Sat 28 Jul 8pm

 

Duration: 95 minutes plus interval

 

Tickets:
Early Bird Adult $25*
Early Bird Concession / SIMA Member tickets $20*
Early Bird Student $15*
Adult $30
Concession / SIMA Member tickets $25
Student $20

*Early Bird available up to 31 May

 

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Sat 4 Aug - Phillip Johnston & The Coolerators

 

PHILLIP JOHNSTON & THE COOLERATORS, DIGGIN’ BONES ALBUM LAUNCH

 

“seminal, brilliant post-modern jazz” – Downbeat Magazine

 

“It is jazz played with some true wit… quirky, cartoonish pieces, coloured with chirpy melodies and unexpected moments of poignancy” – John Shand (Sydney Morning Herald)

 

Originally hailing from New York City, The New Yorker called Phillip Johnston, “An exceptionally individualistic composer and superb improviser”. He has led Phillip Johnston & The Coolerators in one form or another since moving to Australia in 2005.

 

Both groovy and cerebral, The Coolerators play funky dance music for a cartoon universe.

 

Now they present Phillip’s second Australian recording, Diggin’ Bones: tight, compact, funky, smart, and a reinvention of organ groove jazz.

 

Phillip Johnston – soprano and alto saxophone; Alister Spence – organ; Lloyd Swanton – bass; Nick Cecire – drums

 

SPECIAL SUPPORT: AMPHIBIOUS DUO

 

Oliver Miller (Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Paul Cutlan’s String Project) and Aaron ‘Baz’ Flower (National Jazz Guitar Award winner, 2007) showcase an intimate version of the Amphibious Quartet’s unusual mélange – the beauty and expressive depth of classical music, the rhythmic and improvisational approach of jazz, with the sound worlds of alternative/post-rock and pop.

 

Oliver Miller – cello; Aaron Flower – guitar

 

Time: Sat 4 Aug 8pm

 

Duration: 95 minutes plus interval

 

Tickets:
Early Bird Adult $25*
Early Bird Concession / SIMA Member tickets $20*
Early Bird Student $15*
Adult $30
Concession / SIMA Member tickets $25
Student $20

*Early Bird available up to 31 May

 

BOOK ONLINE HERE

 

Sat 18 Aug - Freedman New Jazz Series

 

FREEDMAN NEW JAZZ SERIES, JULIEN WILSON QUINTET (VIC)

 

This very special SIMA plus Freedman New Jazz concert brings together Freedman Jazz Fellow, Julien Wilson and Freedman Classical Fellow, Claire Edwardes, in a night of spectacular music that is sure to stand testament to the almost 20 year institution of Freedman Fellowships

 

“A storytelling quality that places him proudly in the lineage of such great tenor balladeers as Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Stan Getz and Joe Lovano” – Rhythms Magazine

 

The Julien Wilson Quintet (Vic) returns to Sydney for an exclusive SIMA performance.

 

Julien won the 1994 National Jazz Award at the age of 22, the 2008 Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Award for Australian Jazz Artist of the Year, the 2015 APRA Art Music Award for Excellence in Jazz and was the 2006 Freedman Fellow. His quartet with Jonathan Zwartz, Barney McAll and Allan Browne won three 2014 Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards.

 

For this concert Julien has selected music that will enable each musician to dig deeply into their own personal experience. This promises to be a heartfelt and explosive concert, tied together by a deep musical brotherhood.

 

Julien Wilson – tenor sax; Barney Mcall – piano; Carl Dewhurst – electric guitar; Jonathan Zwartz – double bass; Hamish Stuart – drums and cymbals

 

Image credit: Roger Mitchell

 

 

SPECIAL SUPPORT: CLAIRE EDWARDES

“truly spectacular to watch… deservedly met with a standing ovation” Limelight Magazine

 

Three-time winner of the APRA Art Music Award for Excellence, 2005 Freedman Classical Fellow, maverick solo percussionist Claire Edwardes will transport you to new places “like a high priestess” (Canberra Times) as a waterphone merges with drums, rattles, flowers pots and everyday objects to create a sonic world unlike any other.

 

Claire Edwardes – solo percussion

 

Image credit: Heidrun Lohr

 

 

Time: Sat 18 Aug 8pm

 

Duration: 95 minutes plus interval

 

Tickets:
Early Bird Adult $25*
Early Bird Concession / SIMA Member tickets $20*
Early Bird Student $15*
Adult $30
Concession / SIMA Member tickets $25
Student $20

*Early Bird available up to 31 May

 

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Sat 25 Aug - Chris Cody, La Pérouse Suite

 

CHRIS CODY OCTET, LA PÉROUSE SUITE PREMIERE

 

“World class, swinging, passionate, alert and intuitive” – Cadence Jazz Magazine (USA)

 

As an Australian jazz pianist living in Paris for 25 years, Chris Cody became drawn to the story of French navigator La Pérouse, who landed in Botany Bay in 1788. “What I like about La Pérouse and his journey is that it wasn’t about conquest… It was all about learning and expanding human knowledge. ”

 

When Chris returned to Sydney in 2013, he felt compelled to write La Pérouse Suite, an original composition for 10 instruments and eight musicians.

 

Mostly jazz, it has some classical and world music references, as well as subtle flavours brought in from La Pérouse’s travels.

 

Don’t miss this world premiere of a landmark work.

 

Chris Cody – composition, piano; James Greening – trombone, didjeridoo; Lloyd Swanton – bass; Fabian Hevia – drums, percussion; plus additional instrumentation of flute, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone and accordion. Visit sima.org.au for updates

 

Image credit: Paul Faure-Brac

 

SPECIAL SUPPORT FROM AMBRE HAMMOND & MARCELLO MAIO

 

Classical pianist Ambre Hammond and accordion virtuoso Marcello Maio present some of the most haunting and celebrated music by Astor Piazzolla, as well as music by Brazilian composer Jobim as a taste of their upcoming album.

 

Marcello Maio – accordion; Ambre Hammond – piano

 

Time: Sat 25 Aug 8pm

 

Duration: 95 minutes plus interval

 

Tickets:
Early Bird Adult $30*
Early Bird Concession / SIMA Member tickets $25*
Early Bird Student $20*
Adult $35
Concession / SIMA Member tickets $30
Student $25

*Early Bird available up to 31 May

 

BOOK ONLINE HERE