jazz and improvised music

 Saturday August 17
The Sound Lounge 
cross roads - virna sanzone & ZELA MARGOSSIAN 

Crossroads: Virna Sanzone & Zela Margossian
supported by: Blueprints trio

Crossroads: Virna Sanzone & Zela Margossian

9pm - 10.15pm

“What a bright new force is pianist Zela Margossian. Her debut album, Transition, announced her range and fascination as a composer, splashing her Armenian heritage across the broad canvas of jazz.” – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

“Sanzone has a voice like the caramel layer in a piece of caramel slice… rich and beautiful.” – Lissa Christopher, Sydney Morning Herald

Joining forces for the first time, Zela Margossian and Virna Sanzone unite for a cross cultural collaboration that celebrates their multiple ethnicities, including a shared Armenian ancestry.  

Considered one of Australia’s most distinguished jazz and soul artists, Virna Sanzone has been an integral part of artistic projects that have seen her move across a broad range of genres, working with many of this country’s greats. “The Italian Project” with pianist Paul Grabowsky represented Sanzone’s first exploration of her heritage through music, receiving critical and audience acclaim at the Stonnington Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and the SIMA Women’s International Jazz Festival.

Zela Margossian’s musical journey began in Beirut, moving to Armenia and finally making its way to Sydney. Drawing on her experience in classical performance, her cultural background and her transition to the jazz genre, Zela’s debut release under her own name, ‘Transition’, demonstrates the beauty of fusing musical genres and cultures with her compositions. This promises to be a spectacular night of contemporary, intercultural music.


Zela Margossian (piano), Virna Sanzone (vocals)

Supported by:

Blueprints Trio
8pm - 8.30pm

“...dazzling in his harmonic adventurousness, melodic resourcefulness, switchback rhythmic ideas and non-bombastic sense of drama” — John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

Freshly returned from touring Australia and New Zealand, the Blueprints Trio continues to mine the terrain established by Barry’s 2018 quartet release Blueprints & Vignettes (awarded 4-stars in the Sydney Morning Herald and long-listed for the 14th Australian Music Prize), replete with lyrical chromatic counterpoint, edgy rhythmic propellants and vivid harmonic hues.


Steve Barry (piano), Jaques Emery (bass), Alex Inman-Hislop (drums)

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