We’ve rebooted Jazz:NOW to connect artists and audiences at a time when it’s needed most. Our new digital program pairs six intimate studio performances with bonus vintage footage from the Australian jazz documentary The Pulse.
From middle eastern percussion to pedal steel guitar, the excitement, diversity and immediacy of Australian jazz is captured in multi-camera video with audio recorded and mixed by Richard Belkner.
Performances are followed by archival footage filmed over 00/01 for The Pulse. Hear from iconic Australian artists including The Necks, Bernie McGann, Sandy Evans, James Greening, Joe Chindamo, Darren Percival, Lily Dior, Mike Nock’s Big Small Band, Theak-Tet, Band of Five Names and Barney McAll.
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At time where the live music industry has suffered greatly, SIMA has continued to provide critical support to the sector through performance and employment opportunities for artists, composer commissions, new project development and mentorships.
If you value the arts, purchase a season subscription and enjoy exclusive quality content, avaiable to watch on demand 30 days after the event. Thanks for your support!
Composer, Freedman Fellow and Artistic Director of The Three Seas, Matt Keegan uses the Octatrack (a dynamic performance sampler) to inspire melodic and rhythmic improvised dialogue between saxophone and drums. Against this sonic backdrop, Matt explores his full palette of otherworldly effects, crafted over the past 20 years of creative exploration.
Matt Keegan (saxophone, effects), Miles Thomas (drums)
+ Bonus Footage: Theak-Tet & Band of Five Names
Opening the season, one of Sydney’s most celebrated jazz and soul singers, Virna Sanzone joins forces with National Jazz Award winning bassist and founding member of rockers Thirsty Merc, Phil Stack. A striking, energetic and passionate performance featuring re-imagined jazz gems and soul shiners.
Virna Sanzone (vocals) Phil Stack (double bass)
+ Bonus Footage: Mike Nock Big Small Band & Bernie McGann Quartet with Sandy Evans and James Greening
A unique emerging Australian jazz voice, Delay 45 move seamlessly between structure and spontaneity to create an immersive listening experience.
Composed music, songs and loops form the foundation for masterful improvisations brimming with colour and texture.
Tom Avgenicos (trumpet), Roshan Kumarage (piano), Dave Quinn (bass) Ashley Stoneham (drums)
+ Bonus Footage: Barney McAll Unit & The Necks
Drawing on influences of jazz, blues, soul, and Americana BFB create catchy arrangements of classic tunes, wiry harmonies and beautiful original compositions. Fabro’s soulful vocals are elevated by the voluptuous tones of National Jazz Award winning guitarist Aaron Flower.
Jo Fabro (vocals), Aaron Flower (guitar), Max Alduca (bass)
+ Bonus Footage: Lily Dior Quintet, Darren Percival with Paul Macnamra, and Kristin Cornwell Quintet
The warm tones and immersive progressions of Lisathe combine intoxicating pedal steel guitar melodies with electric bass grooves and exploratory percussion to create engaging instrumental music of exceptional beauty.
Oliver Thorpe (pedal steel guitar),
Brendan Clark (bass)
Miles Thomas (drums)
+ Bonus Footage: Joe Chindamo Trio, Jex Saarelaht Trio + Sam Keevers Trio
Unsettling times and subconscious rumblings can cloud perception, but are we all sharing the same unease?
Underwards explore the depths of these murmurings through sketches, improvisations and vignettes bursting with wit and character.
Ellen Kirkwood (trumpet, vocals), Hilary Geddes (guitar, effects)
+ Bonus Footage: F.A.T.S, Elliot Dalgleish Trio, Dalgleish/Tinkler Quartet, Aron Ottignon Quartet
Virtual Merch Stand
Support all our programmed artists directly by heading over to our Virtual Merch Stand, where you will be able to purchase physical copies of their works from our partner Birdland Records.
The Merch Stand for every artist will be live throughout the entirety of our Jazz:NOW Wired Season, simply follow the links on the landing page.
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