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sirens big band presents [a]part - regional tour 2019
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Sirens Big Band presents [A]part ; a groundbreaking suite of music by Ellen Kirkwood, featuring Sandy Evans, Andrea Keller and Gian Slater

Saturday 23rd March, Bathurst
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
7.30pm $30 / $20 (Adult, concession), TICKETS
Sunday 24th March,  Springwood, Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains Theatre
3.00pm $35 / $32 (Adult, concession), TICKETS

13-piece powerhouse Sirens Big Band plus featured soloists Andrea Keller, Sandy Evans and Gian Slater, present Ellen Kirkwood’s epic 56-minute, four-part suite. The magnum opus is Ellen’s emotive and captivating response to growing issues in a rapidly changing world: the wonder and malignance of the internet, the refugee crisis, greed and climate change, and reflections/reactions to the present.

 traverses a diverse series of moods and influences. The musical metamorphosis from one sectionto another sees a vast array of ideas and styles including neo-classicism, chorale, afro-cuban, afrobeat andelectronica. With echoes of Guillermo Klein and Carla Bley, Kirkwood’s imaginative and daring composition style is abundant here, as she draws listeners in with her narrative-style writing, full of character, feeling and unexpected twists. Listeners can expect an engrossing journey through music that evokes rage, bewilderment, calm, determination, and everything in between.

A dynamic collective bringing new sounds to the traditional big band setting, Sirens Big Band arepassionate about increasing gender diversity in jazz through their predominantly female and trans line-up. Ellen Kirkwood, a member since Sirens’ formation in early 2010, has been an important contributor to the group’s unique repertoire. Pianist Andrea Keller, saxophonist Sandy Evans and vocalist Gian Slater are three of Australia’s most celebrated and in-demand jazz performer/composers, and have played a significant part in inspiring Ellen and her generation of creative jazz musicians.

[A]part was penned in 2016-17 during Ellen’s Australia Council-funded composition mentorship with composer/pianist Barney McAll. [A]part was a 2018 finalist in the APRA Art Music Awards for Jazz Work of theYear, and Ellen was a finalist in the 2017 Freedman Jazz Fellowships largely due to this work. The studio-recorded album of [A]part was released in October 2018 on Earshift Music, and launched with performances at theWangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues and the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival.

"This is a major accomplishment for big band jazz in this country. The writing is superb on this enthralling, entertaining exploration of old and new sounds. 4.5 stars” - Eric Myers, The Australian

"Composer Ellen Kirkwood... is clearly an emergent talent, whose work bears comparison with composers like Maria Schneider and James Darcy Argue."- Des Cowley, Australian Book Review

"A composition that has all it takes to be a modern Australian classic.”- Nikos Fotakis, australianjazz.net

“[A]part moves with a big sound and a bigger heart; this is instrumental music which speaks louderthan pundits’ words and clearer than our present troubles.”- Todd B Gruel, acloserlisten.com

Featured in Bird Is The Worm’s Top 10 Jazz Releases on Bandcamp for November, 2018.
Sirens big band australian tour 2019
Saturday 23rd March
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
7.30pm $30 / $20 (Adult, concession)

Sunday 24th March
Springwood, Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains Theatre
3.00pm $35 / $32 (Adult, concession)

*Both shows are wheelchair accessible.