SIMA-Winter-Jazz
SIMA presents

Winter Jazz

3 Jun - 26 Aug

SIMA presents thirteen weeks of music performances with their Winter Jazz series every Saturday night at Seymour Centre from 3 June – 26 August.

3 JUNE: BILL FRISELL

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10 JUNE: FUKUSHIMA SUITE

SATOKO FUJII AND NATSUKI TAMURA (JP) WITH SIRENS BIG BAND (9pm)

From Japan, two of the most original voices in contemporary jazz come together with a host of strong predominately female musicians to bring you an unforgettable performance of Satoko Fujii’s Fukushima Suite. Satoko, pianist, composer and a strong female herself, took five years to develop this powerful response to the horrors of Fukushima’s nuclear catastrophe in 2011. She and her partner in marriage and music, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, draw this monumental work up to its full height with the help of one of Australia’s treasures, the 15-piece Sirens Big Band. This promises to be a colossal performance of scale, emotion, humanity and musicianship — played by some of the major creative forces in improvised music through Australia and Japan.

 

SATOKO FUJII composer, piano NATSUKI TAMURA trumpet

 

JESSICA DUNN double bass, band leader REBECCA GRUBB alto and soprano saxophone MELISSA MONY alto and soprano saxophone LAURA CORNEY tenor saxophone, clarinet
HARRISON HARDING tenor and sopranino saxophone, kaan REBECCA SCOLNIK baritone saxophone
ROSE FOSTER lead trombone CARLA DOBBIE trombone PERSIA LITTLEWOOD trombone
LISA GORI lead trumpet ELLEN KIRKWOOD trumpet HEATHER PROWSE trumpet YUTARO OKUDA guitar EMMA STEPHENSON piano ALI FOSTER drums

 

SATOKO FUJII AND NATSUKI TAMURA (8pm)

These exceptional international artists will perform some intimate solos and duos as a prelude to Satoko’s Fukushima Suite.

Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura are in Australia with the assistance of an Australia Japan Foundation Grant

SATOKO FUJII composer, piano NATSUKI TAMURA trumpet

 

Adult tickets: $38
Concession / Member tickets: $32
Multi tix: $32
Student tickets: $25

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17 JUNE: JEREMY ROSE CD LAUNCH

JEREMY ROSE ALBUM LAUNCH (9PM)
WITHIN AND WITHOUT

“A bold emerging Aussie voice” – Limelight

 

Jeremy Rose is an award-winning saxophonist and composer, firmly established with over a dozen recordings with his co-led projects The Vampires, The Earshift Orchestra, The Strides and the Jeremy Rose Quartet. His accolades include the 2015 APRA Professional Development Award for Jazz, the 2009 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year, and runner-up saxophonist at the 2016 National Jazz Awards. At Winter Jazz, Jeremy launches his new quintet album Within and Without, recorded in 2016 in Berlin with one of the world’s leading guitarists, Kurt Rosenwinkel. This new work serves as an excellent overview of Jeremy’s compelling composition and performance style.

 

JEREMY ROSE saxophone, bass clarinet CARL MORGAN guitar JACKSON HARRISON piano TOM BOTTING bass ALEX HIRLIAN drums

 

PHIL STACK (8PM)

“Phil Stack proved to be one of the revelations of the [Wangaratta International Jazz Festival]… His solo piece was full of drama, surprise, invention and wit…” – The Age

 

Phil Stack is a founding member of multi-platinum rock/pop group Thirsty Merc, recording five albums and touring extensively in Australia and abroad. Phil was awarded first place in the prestigious National Jazz Awards in 2008. In March 2015, he released his first solo singer/songwriter EP Lap Around the Sun, writing, producing and playing many of the instruments himself. He is in great demand as both a live and studio musician for a wide range of artists all over the world. This performance is a rare chance to see Stack in solo double bass mode.

 

PHIL STACK double bass

 

Adult tickets: $30
Concession / Member tickets: $25
Multi tix: $25
Student tickets: $15

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24 JUNE: TINA HARROD

TINA HARROD (9PM)

“Her voice fits the moods, ranging from strong and rich to raw and desperate.” – The Australian

 

Award-winning vocalist Tina Harrod is one of Australia’s great singers and songwriters. Her jazz standards are all her own, while nodding respectfully to Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan. Her own compositions are inventive, finely structured, and soulful. The past two years have seen Tina headline major festivals around Australia. These include sold-out performances at the Perth International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Festival, Mullumbimby Music Festival, and recently the Sydney Festival for two major shows with the Orszaczky Budget Orchestra. Having just returned from Germany, where Tina appeared as part of bandmate Stu Hunter’s The Migration project, Tina and her powerhouse band will present new music from her forthcoming album.

 

TINA HARROD vocals BEK JENSEN backing vocals STU HUNTER keyboard, piano DAVE SYMES bass EVAN MANNELL drums ARNE HANNA guitar

 

NEUTRAL SWINE (8PM)

Drummer/programmer Nick Meredith and guitarist Peter Koopman entreat you to experience a rare natural sighting of their musical brainchild NEUTRAL SWINE, to take you on an improvised journey through dark, evocative, ever-evolving soundscapes tinged with jazz, rock and electronica.

 

PETER KOOPMAN guitar, effects NICK MEREDITH drums, computer

 

Adult tickets: $38
Concession / Member tickets: $32
Multi tix: $32
Student tickets: $25

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1 JULY: PRATT/PRICE COLLECTIVE

THE PRATT PRICE COLLECTIVE (9PM)

The Pratt Price Collective brings together four distinct musical personalities for a rich rhythmic and harmonic sonority. The slightly unusual instrumentation informs the group’s Latin groove style. Daryl Pratt, elite vibraphonist and composer, has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Art Orchestra, Chad Wackerman of Frank Zappa fame and with his own group, Sonic Fiction. Mike Price, guitarist and composer, and Jess Ciampa, percussionist, each have over thirty years of playing experience. They are joined by award-winning bassist Brendan Clarke, who brings his highly acclaimed tone, time and melodicism.

 

DARYL PRATT vibraphone MIKE PRICE guitar BRENDAN CLARKE bass JESS CIAMPA percussion

TA GO LAK (8PM)

Enter the world of Korean folk and shamanic traditions with Ta Go Lak. Three drummers create an exotic percussive world, layering textures upon textures of ancient Pacific rhythms. This improvisational response features percussionists Chloe Kim, Hannah Kim and Simon Barker, with Hannah also playing haegeum, the traditional two-stringed Korean fiddle. Ta Go Lak’s recent performances include concerts at Tasmania’s famous MONA.

 

CHLOE KIM drumset HANNAH KIM Korean traditional percussion, haegeum SIMON BARKER drum set

 

Adult tickets: $30
Concession / Member tickets: $25
Multi tix: $25
Student tickets: $15

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8 JULY: JUDY BAILEY

JUDY BAILEY (9PM)

“… a three way conversation… This highly interactive trio pushes their repertoire of standards into fresh creative territory.” – The Age

 

Judy Bailey, pianist, composer and arranger holds a special place in Australian jazz history as one of this country’s earliest and most prominent female jazz musicians and teachers. Judy has performed with every major Australian jazz musician, and as current Musical Director of big band Jazz Connection, she continues to inspire the next generation. Her many awards include the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to Jazz and Education, the award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music (2008 Classical Music Awards), and in 2014 she was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame (Bell Awards).

 

This year, all of Judy’s original works and arrangements for orchestra and big band will be celebrated with the release of double album Another Journey. Judy Bailey Trio’s highly interactive performance will treat you to many of Bailey’s original compositions and look afresh at some wonderful jazz standards. Don’t miss this performance by an Australian jazz legend.

 

JUDY BAILEY piano CRAIG SCOTT bass TIM FIRTH drums

 

JANE IRVING AND KEVIN HAILEY (US/AU) (8PM)

“Lavish talent and striking originality” – The Weekend Australian

 

This performance by leading jazz singer Jane Irving, with double bassist Kevin Hailey, explores the satirical work of composers such as Dave Frishberg, Sheldon Harnick and Blossom Dearie. Lesser known songs from The Great American Songbook show off Jane’s dexterity as an improviser. This performance is sure to be bold and imaginative as Jane always throws unexpected surprises into the mix.

 

JANE IRVING vocals, piano KEVIN HAILEY double bass

 

Adult tickets: $30
Concession / Member tickets: $25
Multi tix: $25
Student tickets: $15

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15 JULY: ROCKPOOL MIRROR CD LAUNCH

ROCKPOOLMIRROR CD LAUNCH (9pm)

“…this saxophonist surely ranks as one of the best contemporary jazz composers/musicians anywhere.” – allaboutjazz.com

 

Composed and led by Sandy Evans (OAM), RockPoolMirror brings together six of Australia’s leading contemporary improvisers in a musical response to Belinda Webster’s stunning photographs of the Shoalhaven Gorge, NSW. These images travel an evocative journey, from the tranquility of rock formations reflected in still water at dawn, to the darkness of chasms and abysses, at times even revealing surreal, life-like rock warriors. Photographer Belinda Webster is best known as founding director of Tall Poppies Records. Her narrative gorge images will be projected at this concert, and brought to life by saxophonist and composer Sandy and some of her long-time collaborators. This performance is a rare opportunity to witness the deep musical bonds that these accomplished improvisers have established through their rich history of collaboration.

 

SANDY EVANS saxophones ADRIAN SHERRIFF bass trombone SATSUKI ODAMURA koto BRETT HIRST bass BOBBY SINGH tabla ALON ILSAR airsticks, drums

 

ROCKPOOLMIRROR DUETS (8PM)

In this aperitif to the RockPoolMirror CD Launch, artists from the project perform intimate groupings drawn from their interplay in the album. With Satsuki Odamura on 13-stringed koto, Adrian Sherriff surprising with his breadth and agility on bass trombone, and internationally renowned saxophonist Sandy Evans (OAM), the RockPoolMirror Duets promise to be a must-see, must-hear for lovers of improvised music.

 

SATSUKI ODAMURA koto ADRIAN SHERRIFF bass trombone SANDY EVANS saxophones

 

Adult tickets: $38
Concession / Member tickets: $32
Multi tix: $32
Student tickets: $25

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22 JULY: TRIGGER: THOMAS AVGENICOS

TRIGGER: THOMAS AVGENICOS (9pm)

SIMA’s Trigger initiative launches outstanding young jazz talents into the professional scene with performance, recording and mentoring pathways. Although still studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Thomas Avgenicos has already performed with a number of leading jazz outfits such as Ten Part Invention, Mike Nock Octet and the Mothership Orchestra. A finalist of the prestigious James Morrison Scholarship, Thomas has performed extensively in Europe and the USA with artists such as Chris Potter and James Muller. As a leader, Thomas fronts his electro-acoustic band Silver Talon, as well as co-leading The Avgenicos Brothers with his brother Michael, who is himself a former SIMA Trigger artist from this remarkable family. Expect to hear through-composed material consisting of songs, sounds and loops from a wide spectrum of influences, all designed to suit the acoustic space and setting.

 

THOMAS AVGENICOS trumpet MATT MCMAHON piano BRETT HIRST bass TIM FIRTH drums

 

LAUREN WHITE AND STEPHANIE RUSSELL (8PM)

This performance debuts the songwriting collaboration between these two versatile, genre-crossing young jazz artists. Lauren’s sultry bass and voice complement Stephanie’s captivating and soulful vocals, creating a rich blend of youthful melodies and delicate harmonies. They are excited to present their new duo at Winter Jazz, and have great plans to continue and expand this project in the future. We are sure this fresh songwriting energy will delight the audience.

 

LAUREN WHITE bass, vocals STEPHANIE RUSSELL vocals

 

Adult tickets: $30
Concession / Member tickets: $25
Multi tix: $25
Student tickets: $15

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29 JULY: FAR BEYOND

FAR BEYOND (9pm)

Far Beyond draws from the rich musical tapestries of South America and the influences of jazz. It is the gathering of many years of playing and composing by its Chilean–born leader Fabian Hevia. Full of feeling and depth, his music leans on the folk rhythms of Latin America, and engages the mind with the subtleties of this micro-rhythmic world. This ensemble brings together a wealth of genre-spanning experience that our engaged audience is sure to discern. Collectively, these great musicians bring a unique vibrancy to Fabian’s compositions.

 

FABIAN HEVIA percussion, guitar PAUL CUTLAN saxophones, flute, clarinets GARY DALEY piano, accordion JAMES GREENING trombone, pocket trumpet BEN HAUPTMANN guitars SANDY KLOSE bass

 

VICTOR VALDES (8pm)

“A marvellous spectacle which demonstrated both musicality and genius… It was a privilege to witness a show which should take its place on the international stage” – FAMA, Bluesfest 2011

 

This virtuoso Mexican harpist is a walking encyclopaedia of Latin music, past and present. For 10 years he was a member of Tlen Huicani, the multi-award–winning Mexican folk group which toured the world, playing 20 performances at Sydney Opera House. As a solo harpist Victor has performed in 25 countries worldwide, redefining the harp as a solo and lead instrument. He’s toured with Angus & Julia Stone, Aloe Blacc, Maya Jupiter and Los Lobos, and played with Jimmy Barnes. His solo show has been a favourite with audiences on the festival circuit, including the National Folk Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, and Womadelaide

 

VICTOR VALDES harp, vocals

 

Adult tickets: $30
Concession / Member tickets: $25
Multi tix: $25
Student tickets: $15

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5 AUG: ALISTER SPENCE TRIO

ALISTER SPENCE TRIO (9PM)

“Art that allows us to be other than we are, even for a moment, is invaluable… This trio has learnt to defy gravity… Mesmerising.” — Sydney Morning Herald

 

Formed in Sydney more than twenty years ago, the Alister Spence Trio brings together three of the most innovative and experienced musicians in Australia. Individually, their biographies include performances and recordings with Dewey Redman, Brian Eno, Archie Roach, Jim O’Rourke, Paul Capsis and the Laughing Clowns. As a trio, they’ve become known as one of the most distinctive and spellbinding units in Australian contemporary music, gaining worldwide recognition for their ingenious compositions and magnetic live interplay. Their recent live album won them a nomination for Best Small Jazz Group at the 2016 Australian Jazz Bell Awards, and an Award for Excellence in Jazz at the Art Music Awards, 2016. Alister Spence Trio’s Winter Jazz performance launches the trio’s seventh recording, a double album whose luminous soundscapes are dark, lyrical, textured and endlessly surprising.

 

ALISTER SPENCE piano, samples LLOYD SWANTON double bass TOBY HALL drums, glockenspiel

 

CROSSOVER (8PM)

Crossover is a new incarnation of Bonnie Stewart’s previous Criss Cross quintet. Bonnie’s ethereal voice and percussive textures sail through her evolving compositions, flowing together with the lush and playful tones of Luke Sweeting, and the distinctive experimental sounds of Peter Farrar. As a trio, the three improvisers create a unique and cohesive collective sound, forging an amalgam of haunting melodies and polyphonic soundscapes.

 

BONNIE STEWART drums, vocals PETER FARRAR alto saxophone, pipes LUKE SWEETING piano, toys

 

Adult tickets: $30
Concession / Member tickets: $25
Multi tix: $25
Student tickets: $15

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12 AUG: WAY OUT WEST

WAY OUT WEST (9PM)

“Pushing the Asian/Australian jazz concept even further… Much of this successful exploration is due to leader/trumpeter Peter Knight’s multi-faceted compositions” – The Weekend Australian

 

Way Out West’s sound has been described as “utterly unique” and has earned the band a loyal local following as well as invitations to play at some of the largest music festivals in the world, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Veneto Jazz Festival and Takatsuki Jazz Festival. The band has toured Korea, Japan, Chile, Norway, England, Italy and Canada, making Way Out West one of Australia’s most widely travelled jazz exports. Led by daring trumpeter and composer Peter Knight, Way Out West’s latest album features Sydney-based koto virtuoso Satsuki Odamura, and builds on the band’s long history of integrating Asian instrumentation. Their contemporary approach infuses these influences with irresistible West African–influenced grooves and jazz-inflected melodies.

 

PETER KNIGHT trumpet SATSUKI ODAMURA koto RAY PEREIRA percussion HOWARD CAIRNS bass JAMES MCLEAN drums LUCAS MICHAILIDIS bottleneck and acoustic guitar

 

PAUL MASON (8PM)

Nationally recognised guitarist and rock’n’roll chaos-man, Paul Mason is rarely caught intimate and solo. Taking first place in Happy Music Blog’s ‘20 Aussie guitarists you need in your life’, heralded by peers as “Sydney’s maniacal prince of the guitar”, this unique instrumentalist is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Jessica Mauboy and Timothy Bowen, and as lead guitar for his rock band The Ruckus. As a soloist, Paul writes incredibly emotive songs that he delivers with spontaneity, playfully traversing musical genres as he fills the stage.

 

PAUL MASON guitar

 

Adult tickets: $38
Concession / Member tickets: $32
Multi tix: $32
Student tickets: $25

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19 AUG: CHRIS CODY COALITION

CHRIS CODY COALITION (9PM)

“These musicians guarantee a performance full of colour, humour and rhythmic movement.” – Sydney Morning Herald
Chris Cody reunites the Chris Cody Coalition twenty years after the band’s first appearance for SIMA. This successful band played in Sydney, Melbourne and Wangaratta, and recorded for Naxos Jazz, selling over 10,000 copies of their CD Oasis around the world.

 

Completing this all-stars band are James Greening, Lloyd Swanton and Fabian Hevia, all very respected members of the Australian jazz scene, having performed with The Catholics, The Necks, Australian Art Orchestra, Ten Part Invention, and Wanderlust.

 

While living in France for over 20 years, Chris Cody played extensively in clubs and festivals around USA, Europe and Africa. Chris’s music reveals not only his deep love of the jazz and classical traditions, but also the influence of the contemporary French, African and Arab musicians he worked with in Paris. Blended with contemporary urban grooves, his originality, warmth, lyricism and humour have seduced a wide and diverse public around the world, with his recordings receiving rave reviews from the critics.

 

CHRIS CODY piano JAMES GREENING trombone LLOYD SWANTON double bass FABIAN HEVIA percussion, drums

 

STEVE HUNTER (8PM)

Steve Hunter has been active as an electric bassist, composer, bandleader and collaborator in Australia and internationally for 30 years. He has performed with such notable Australian artists as Mark Simmonds’ Freeboppers, Tree, Dale Barlow, James Muller, Joseph Tawadros and The Translators, as well as international artists including Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Bobby Previte, Ulf Wakenius and Mark Isham. A prolific composer, Steve has released nine albums of original music, in formats ranging from solo bass to nine-piece ensemble. His most recent release is Cosmos.

 

STEVE HUNTER electric bass

 

Adult tickets: $30
Concession / Member tickets: $25
Multi tix: $25
Student tickets: $15

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26 AUG: CHRIS HALE & MINYOUNG WOO

Freedman New Jazz series (9PM)
CHRISTOPHER HALE & MINYOUNG WOO (AUSTRALIA/KOREA)
“RITUAL DIAMONDS”

 

“You know a show is special when the audience jumps to its collective feet as soon as the last note is played… The intensity was sustained throughout this performance, making it one of 2014’s highlights.” – Jazzwise UK

 

Bass guitarist and Freedman Fellow Christopher Hale and virtuoso percussionist Minyoung Woo have been collaborating since 2012, developing a common rhythmic language that draws on ancient Korean shamanic drumming, original composition and improvisation. The result is a mode of rhythm that reaches deep into each player’s experience to create thrilling new music unique to this friendship. Joined by the highest calibre of improvising musicians in Australia, this concert presents the debut of a new suite of music that is mysterious, complex and beautiful.

 

CHRISTOPHER HALE acoustic bass guitar, percussion MINYOUNG WOO changgu, gongs, percussion SIMON BARKER drums, percussion SCOTT TINKLER trumpet JAMIE OEHLERS tenor saxophone ANDREA KELLER piano

 

BEN HAUPTMANN (8PM)

“Ben Hauptmann is blessed with one of those restless imaginations that makes his music impossible to contain.” – Sydney Morning Herald

 

Ben Hauptmann is nationally recognised jazz guitarist, winner of the 2010 Freedman Jazz Fellowship and 2nd place winner in the National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz 2007. Ben has shared the stage with a diverse range of artists including Gurrumul Yunupingu, Mavis Staples, Joss Stone, Katie Noonan, Jack Ladder, Justine Clarke, Bertie Blackman, Lior, Bluejuice, Micheline Van Hautem, James Morrison and Tal Wilkenfeld. Ben will be performing original compositions in a solo setting.

 

BEN HAUPTMANN guitar

 

The Freedman New Jazz series is produced by SIMA and supported by the Freedman Foundation and The Music Trust.

 

Adult tickets: $38
Concession / Member tickets: $32
Multi tix: $32
Student tickets: $25

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