Sonic Futures is SIMA’s emerging artist initiative which puts the spotlight on outstanding young musicians. By teaming up with established artists for a live recording of their own compositions, Sonic Futures creates professional pathways into jazz as a career.

Artists can develop their practice through developing original material for the professional stage, arranging, recording/mixing & mastering, releasing music and expanding their industry networks.

Supported by SIMA’s marketing and publicity team, participants are featured in our Jazz:Now performance program.

In 2020 due to Covid-19 the Sonic Futures program was postponed until 2021.

2019 Artists

Joshua Meader

At 22 years of age and in his final year at the Sydney Conservatorium, virtuosic guitarist Joshua Meader is gaining recognition for his work as a soloist with national big bands such as the SCM Jazz Orchestra, recently featuring on the inaugural Trans-Tasman Youth Orchestra recording directed by Dave Theak and Dave Lisik (NZ). His music draws on range of styles including be-bop, hip-hop, groove-based/funk, contemporary jazz and popular music. His original compositions which are infused with odd-time signature grooves, improvisation and textural explorations and will be brought to life tonight by his Sonic Future’s collaborators selected by Joshua.

Previous Artists

2019 Chloe Kim (percussion)

2018 Jacques Emery (bass)

2018 Felix Bornholdt (piano)

2017 Thomas Avgenicos (trumpet)

2017 Michael Avgenicos (saxophone)

2016 Melissa Money (saxophone)