jazz and improvised music


summer Jazz: steve barry quartet, blueprints & vignettes album launch with special support, jenna cave + keyna wilkins, for this moment
DATE Saturday 10 February 2018
TIME 8pm
VENUE The Sound Lounge
TICKETS $30/$26/$25/$15
(Adult, SIMA Member/Concession, Multipass, Student)



"...dazzling in his harmonic adventurousness, melodic resourcefulness, switchback rhythmic ideas and non-bombastic sense of drama" - Sydney Morning Herald
Steve Barry is a pianist, organist, composer and improviser based in Sydney. His numerous awards include the Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year (2013), second place in the National Jazz Awards (2013), and a BBM Travel Scholarship (2011). Steve was also a finalist in the 2017 APRA Professional Development Awards and a nominee for the 2016 Freedman Fellowship.

Blueprints & Vignettes is a product of Steve's recently completed PhD in composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A meeting point of classical modernism and melodic lyricism, the music dances between intricate forms and free improvisation as it explores harmonic hues and spontaneously re-imagines preset structures.

Steve's previous albums Puzzles (2014) and Steve Barry (2012), as well as the Australia-Japan collaboration Orbiturtle's Sakura (2015), each received four-star reviews in The Australian.

Tonight’s launch also features rising star trumpeter Thomas Avgenicos, SIMA's Trigger Artist in Winter 2017.

STEVE BARRY piano, composition JEREMY ROSE alto saxophone, bass clarinet THOMAS AVGENICOS trumpet MAX ALDUCA bass DAVE GOODMAN drums

"Cave writes with depth and maturity well beyond her years" -Jack Bowers, All About Jazz (USA)
"Wilkins... a surpassing soloist of the most original, virtuosic proportions" - Lloyd Bradford Syke, Australian Stage 
For This Moment is a new collaboration between two Sydney creative musicians and composers, Jenna Cave and Keyna Wilkins.

Limited only by their chosen instruments and their imaginations, this music explores the ways in which melodic lines can meet in free improvisation to create a meaningful and cohesive musical whole.

Nothing is off limits, with broad influences ranging from folk melodies to impressionism, contemporary and free jazz to minimalism, and 20th century classical music to the blues.

Jenna Cave is a composer, saxophonist, vocalist and conductor/band leader. She is most known for her work as the director and resident composer of the 18-piece Divergence Jazz Orchestra with their two albums featuring her music: The Opening Statement (2013) and Fake It Until You Make It (2016), receiving local and international acclaim.

Keyna Wilkins is a versatile composer, flautist and pianist, at home in many musical worlds. With international classical training (Hildesheim Germany, Bristol/Bath Spa UK and Sydney Conservatorium of Music) she has branched into jazz, flamenco and free-flowing improvisation and performed with a diverse range of ensembles around Europe and Australia including her own Ephemera Trio. Her music is published by Wirripang.

KEYNA WILKINS flute JENNA CAVE alto saxophone, voice, loop pedal