Helen Sung with the Sydney Women’s Jazz Collective (USA/Australia)

“… the quality of her touch, like her grasp of harmony and form, has never been in doubt.” New York Times.

Identified by Wynton Marsalis as an artist to watch and winner of the Mary Lou Williams piano competition, Helen Sung seamlessly integrates the jazz and classical worlds. 

This concert with also feature the world-premiere of “Salt Water” by Harri Harding supported by APRA/AMCOS.

7.30pm Wednesday 7th November, Foundry 616

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An award-winning classical pianist before jazz intervened “in the form of a Tommy Flanagan solo”, pianist/composer Helen Sung went on to graduate from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition.

Helen was also a semifinalist in the 1999 Monk Piano Competition and selected by Wynton Marsalis as one of his Who’s Got Next: Jazz Musicians to Watch. She is now captivating listeners everywhere with an artistic approach that seamlessly integrates the jazz and classical worlds.

Helen has worked with jazz luminaries, including the late Clark Terry, Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington and Ron Carter, and released five critically-acclaimed albums. Helenistique (2006) was praised by JazzTimes as “one of the year’s most exciting listens”, Sungbird After Albeniz (2007)—a jazz-classical project—was hailed as “a real winner” while Anthem For A New Day (2014), which features the Grammy-winning Paquito D’Rivera and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter, was described as “exceptionally tight, smart and intense”. Her latest album Sung With Words (2018) is a collaboration with celebrated poet Dana Gioia.

Helen Sung will perform with the Australian 10 piece powerhouse, that is the;

Sydney Women’s Jazz Collective

These talented members represent some of Australia’s best up and coming players and improvisers including multiple winners of the prestigious Jann Rutherford Memorial award. Featuring a 6 piece horn section and 4 piece rhythm section, this unique and electrifying collective merge the best of the big band with the flexibility, creativity and genre bending exploration you expect from any modern ensemble.

In its short 2 year life span, the group has been fortunate enough to work with incredible local and international artists including Dr Sandy Evans, Ingrid and Christine Jensen (USA/Canada) and Silke Eberhardt (Ger.), performing at the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival and Sydney Con Jazz Festival.

The SWJC plays primarily Australian Works, including specially commissioned pieces by Andrea Keller (Vic) and local composing talents Jenna Cave, Glenn Doig and Ellen Kirkwood. This season will see an expansion of this repertoire including works by Rafael Karlen (the 2018 composer in residence at the prestigious Peggy Glanville-Hicks House in Sydney), Paul Cutlan, Freya Garbet and more!

Members are: Hannah James (Double Bass), Ali Foster (Drums), Sorcha Alburquerque (guitar), Freyja Garbett (piano), Ellen Kirkwood (Trumpet), Louise Horwood (trumpet), Alex Silver (Trombone) Laura Corney (Tenor), Loretta Palmeiro (Alto/Sop/Clarinet), Kali Gillan (Baritone)

Andrea Keller’s Still Night: Music in Poetry Featuring Vince Jones

“Both exquisitely beautiful and profoundly moving … its effect on the audience was galvanizing and palpable.” – Iain Grandage, Artistic Director, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival 

Andrea Keller’s Still Night – a song-cycle combining poetry and original music – is an exquisitely beautiful meditation on grief and loss. Featuring Vince Jones. 

Support artist: Bonniesongs

7.30pm Thursday 8th November, Foundry 616

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Described as having “one of Australia’s most consistently interesting musical minds”, Andrea Keller has been dedicated to performing and composing contemporary, improvised music since the release of her first album in 2000.  Keller was the first ever winner of the prestigious Freedman Fellowship for Jazz in 2001 and tonight’s concert is brought to Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival with the support of the Freedman Foundation.

Her critically acclaimed work Still Night is a song-cycle combining poetry with original music. Written by Andrea specifically for the individual voices in her ensemble, the music reflects the themes of death, grief and loss with sensitivity, engaging audiences in a conversation on these vital themes.

The text—that spans time and place—includes work by tenth-century Japanese poet Izumi Shikibu and contemporary Australian poet, dancer and filmmaker Richard James Allen, as well as more familiar writers such as Keats, Whitman, Yeats, Proust, e. e. Cummings and Dylan Thomas.

After hearing Still Night, Roger Mitchell wrote in Ausjazz Blog that the work was “totally absorbing … a journey to places that I needed to explore”.

It was a sentiment echoed by Jude Gun, Executive Producer of the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts Asia: “Studying the faces around the room … each member of the audience had clearly yielded in some way to Keller’s exquisite musical palette and selected passages of text.”

A band made up of Australian jazz maestros, including the incomparable Vince Jones, will join Andrea.

ANDREA KELLER piano VINCE JONES voice GIAN SLATER voice JULIEN WILSON tenor saxophone and bass clarinet STEPHEN MAGNUSSON guitar

 

Bonniesongs

Sydney-based art-folk virtuoso Bonnie Stewart, aka Bonniesongsperforms ethereal music – her lilting vocals floating over gentle peaks of acoustic and electronic instruments. 

“This is clever chamber folk with a playful edge that centres around Bonnie’s ethereal voice … Enchanting listening.” Paul Gough, Tonedeaf 

Music for lovers of atmospheric shifts in feeling and distinctively airy vocals.

BONNIE STEWART drums, percussion, vocals FREYA SCHACK-ARNOTT cello NOAM YAFFE violin

Helen Sung Quartet (USA/Australia)

“ … the quality of her touch, like her grasp of harmony and form, has never been in doubt.” New York Times.

Identified by Wynton Marsalis as an artist to watch and winner of the Mary Lou Williams piano competition, Helen Sung seamlessly integrates the jazz and classical worlds. 

8.00pm Friday 9th November, Foundry 616

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An award-winning classical pianist before jazz intervened “in the form of a Tommy Flanagan solo”, pianist/composer Helen Sung went on to graduate from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition.

Helen was also a semifinalist in the 1999 Monk Piano Competition and selected by Wynton Marsalis as one of his Who’s Got Next: Jazz Musicians to Watch. She is now captivating listeners everywhere with an artistic approach that seamlessly integrates the jazz and classical worlds.

Helen has worked with jazz luminaries, including the late Clark Terry, Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington and Ron Carter, and released five critically-acclaimed albums. Helenistique (2006) was praised by JazzTimes as “one of the year’s most exciting listens”, Sungbird After Albeniz (2007)—a jazz-classical project—was hailed as “a real winner” while Anthem For A New Day (2014), which features the Grammy-winning Paquito D’Rivera and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter, was described as “exceptionally tight, smart and intense”. Her latest album Sung With Words (2018) is a collaboration with celebrated poet Dana Gioia.

Helen Sung will perform her quartet, consisting of; Helen Sung (piano), Tim Firth (drums), Tom Botting (double bass) and Karl Laskowski (sax)

Emma Pask

“She is the real thing!” – James Morrison

The award-winning vocalist has firmly established herself as one of Australia’s favorite voices in jazz. 

Spotted as a future star at 16 by multi-instrumentalist James Morrison during one of his regular school visits, her career has maintained an upward trajectory ever since.

8.30pm Saturday 10th November, Foundry 616

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Award-winning vocalist Emma Pask has firmly established herself as one of Australia’s favourite voices in jazz. Spotted as a future star at 16 by multi-instrumentalist James Morrison during one of his regular school visits, her career has maintained an upward trajectory ever since.

Emma’s many accolades include a Mo Award for Jazz Vocalist of the Year, ARIA Award nominations and invitations to perform for the late Diana Princess of Wales and Princess Mary of Denmark.

She has sung in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra, performed at numerous international jazz festivals—including the prestigious Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland—and supported Australian tours by Kurt Elling and George Benson.

When Emma took part in the second series of The Voice her coach Ricky Martin was so impressed with her vocal ability after she performed Mas Que Nada in both English and Portuguese he announced that he would invite Emma to record with him on his upcoming album. Instead, Emma recorded her own Latin album, the ARIA-nominated Cosita Divina (2015), which shot to No.1 on the iTunes jazz charts. Emma’s 2011 album Some Other Spring (2011) also topped the jazz charts on release, staying there for many weeks.

Emma Pask will be performing with; Tim Firth (Drums), Kevin Hunt (Piano) and Jonathon Zwartz (Bass)

Queen Porter Stomp

“Awesome, upbeat lifting music. It’s so good – it’s just got such sass about it.” – Eastside Radio 89.7 FM 

Queen Porter Stomp gets every room dancing with a musical gumbo made up of dirty swamp blues, seductive harmonies and blazing horns. 

2.00pm Sunday 11th November, Lord Wolseley

Free Event!

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Queen Porter Stomp uses its dirty swamp magic to shake those blues. With harmonies that seduce like a warm summer’s day, blazing horns that scream straight to your soul and a banjo that exorcises demons on the wrong side of midnight, this band get every room dancing.

Squeezed tightly in a ship, they have sailed across the seas to record and tour in New Orleans. The new CD Follow The River shares the band’s tales of travel from the Hawkesbury River to the Mississippi. Shine those shoes and undo that top button – if you’re just tapping your toes, then you’re in the wrong bar. This is Queen Porter’s joint.

CRYSTAL BARRECA vocals, ukulele LOUISE HORWOOD trumpet, vocals ROSE FOSTER trombone, vocals JULIAN CURWIN banjo ALEX MASSO drums SHANNON HARITOS double bass

Double Bill: Judy Bailey Trio and Freyja Garbett Quartet

One of the Australia’s most extraordinary artists, Judy Bailey holds a special place in our jazz history as one of this country’s earliest and most prominent female jazz musicians – a pioneer performer, composer and teacher.  “A rhythm section’s dream pianist.” – John Shand, SMH

 “Without doubt one of Australia’s most extraordinary artists.” – Simon Barker, drummer and teacher 

This double-bill concert also features pianist, Freyja Garbett.  A compositional storyteller, Freyja’s music weaves through a series of magical sound-scapes, heavy grooves and unforgettable melodies. Her sound combines an eclectic array of musical genres crossing traditional and contemporary jazz, soul, classical, afro-caribbean styles, funk and reggae.

7.30 pm Monday 12th November, Foundry 616

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Judy Bailey holds a special place in Australian jazz history as one of this country’s earliest and most prominent female jazz musicians and teachers.

Born in New Zealand, Judy moved to Australia in 1960 and became involved in the musical life of Sydney through regular performances at the legendary El Rocco jazz cellar with musicians, including with John Sangster, Don Burrows and Graeme Lyall. For much of the sixties she worked as a pianist/arranger with television orchestras led by bandleaders such as Burrows, Tommy Tycho and John Bamford.

In 1973 Judy become a founding faculty member in the highly respected Tertiary Jazz Studies Program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she continues teaching to this day.

The eighties and nineties saw more performing, composing, teaching, recording and touring, while Judy also became musical director of the Sydney Youth Jazz Ensemble Association, an umbrella organisation for the Jazz Connection big band.

Judy’s career over the past few years has focused on teaching, education and composition.

Judy has received many honours, including an Order of Australia Medal for services to music and education (2004), an award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music as part of the 2008 Australian Classical Music Awards—the first award ever granted to a jazz musician—and, in 2014, induction into the Graeme Bell Hall of Fame. Most recently, Judy received the 2018 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award, given annually by the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Judy Bailey Trio consists of; Judy Bailey (Piano), Craig Scott (bass), Tim Firth (drums).

Freyja Garbett Quartet

Freyja is a compositional storyteller. Her pieces are through-composed journeys; they weave the listener through a series of magical sound-scapes, heavy grooves and unforgettable melodies. Her sound combines an eclectic array of musical genres including but not limited to traditional and contemporary jazz, soul, classical, afro-caribbean styles, funk and reggae.

Freyja Garbett (Piano and keyboards), Nish Manjunath (Tenor sax), Maximillian Alduca (Bass), Alexander Inman-Hislop (Drums)

Sirens Big Band presents [A]part

“This jazz ensemble… can roar as one like an Ethiopian lion or fly like a bullet train, and yet also bristles with world-class soloists who are given free rein to blow and blow and blow.” OrangePress.net  

Dynamic super-collective, Sirens Big Band performs an epic 1 hour suite by Ellen Kirkwood, featuring Andrea Keller (piano), Sandy Evans (saxophones) and Gian Slater (voice).  Bringing new sounds to the traditional big band setting, Sirens Big Band are passionate about increasing gender diversity in jazz through their predominantly female and trans line-up.

Support artist: The Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra

7.30pm Tuesday 13th November, Foundry 616

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Sirens Big Band presents [A]part: an epic 1 hour suite by Ellen Kirkwood, featuring Andrea Keller (piano), Sandy Evans (saxophones) and Gian Slater (voice).

This performance will launch the album recording of [A]part; Kirkwood’s ground breaking and captivating response to world issues including climate change, the refugee crisis and the omnipresence of the internet. [A]part was a finalist for Jazz Work of the Year in the APRA Art Music Awards.

A dynamic super-collective bringing new sounds to the traditional big band setting, Sirens Big Band are passionate about increasing gender diversity in jazz through their predominantly female and trans line-up. Trumpeter and composer Ellen Kirkwood is rapidly gaining recognition for her daring and imaginative works. She was a 2017 finalist in the Freedman Jazz Fellowships, and won the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award in 2012.

The Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra

This 17 peice Orchestra of talented young women aged 16-23 are a vibrant and fun collective who play mostly Australian contemporary jazz. This group is an initiative of Sirens Big Band, and is directed by Ellen Kirkwood.

This performance has support from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Kira Kira: Bright Force (Japan/Australia)

An absolute triumph…incredibly successful collectivism and mutual awareness of the creative process.’ Roger Mitchell, AusJazz 

Explosive and beautiful, Kira Kira features internationally acclaimed Japanese improvisers and composers Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura, and Australian keyboard player composer, Alister Spence.

‘She could be the most important creative musicians of our time (Satoko Fujii)’, Allmusic

Supported artists: JACHLO
Chloe Kim (drums), Jacques Emery (double bass)

7.30pm Wednesday 14th November, Foundry 616

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Bright Force is a suite in four parts that mixes piano and trumpet with electronics and drums. For this performance Kira Kira will be joined by Lloyd Swanton on double bass and Toby Hall on drums and percussion.

Kira Kira weights layer upon layer of sound until it approaches a breaking point that never quite materializes. Instead, the music finds its way to someplace near perpetuity and how it gets there is never obvious. It’s awe-inspiring music.’ 4½ stars. Karl Ackermann Allaboutjazz.com

SATOKO FUJII piano NATSUKI TAMURA trumpet ALISTER SPENCE piano TOBY HALL drums & percussion LLOYD SWANTON double bass

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Chloe Kim (drums) and Jacques Emery (bass) are current jazz performance students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
They discovered their common interest in drumming music, as well as the jazz-influenced experimental improvisations and started playing together in 2016.
Specifically influenced by the Conservatorium lecturer Simon Barker’s Quintuplet and Septuplet studies, a drummer Greg Sheehan’s Number Diamond system and the traditional rhythms from various cultures (such as Korean traditional rhythms),
their work focuses on developing knowledge in diverse rhythmic dialogues and using those shared language in any improvising/musical settings.

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Sanna Ruohoniemi (Finland/Australia)

”Seamlessly she moves between Finnish, Norwegian, English and Swedish, and fast-flying scat singing. Between Norwegian blues, meandering ballad stories and bebop-wallop.” – Leif Carlsson, Lira 

Finland’s best young singer, Sanna Ruohoniemi is known for her improvisational verve, successfully melding the open-sky freedom of jazz with the rich folk traditions of her homeland. 

8.30pm Thursday 15th November, Foundry 616

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Finnish singer and composer Sanna Ruohoniemi is the latest in a long line of strikingly individual Nordic artists who successfully melds the open-sky freedom of jazz with the rich folk traditions of their homeland.

Considered Finland’s best young singer, Sanna is known for her improvisational verve and creative risk-taking. Her talent was evident on her critically-acclaimed debut album Tales of a Stranger (2016), which featured four Swedish musicians from Stockholm’s thriving jazz scene. Her latest release Start from Nothing (2018) continues her bold and self-determined journey into the possibilities of vocal jazz, with critics praising her ambition and stylistic diversity.

Charenee Wade (USA/Australia)

Ms Wade is a jazz singer of commanding skill, an heir to the legacies of Betty Carter and Carmen McRae.” – New York Times  

One of the most distinctive and bold singers in jazz today, New Yorker Charenee Wade powerfully reinterprets the music of Gil Scott-Heron. The revolution will be vocalised. 

8.00pm Friday 16th November, Foundry 616

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8.30pm Saturday 17th November, Foundry 616

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The award-winning and critically acclaimed New Yorker Charenee Wade is one of the most distinctive and bold musical voices in jazz today. She has excited audiences all over the world with the ingenuity of her phrasing and vibrancy of her stage presence.

A rising star in Downbeat magazine’s 2017-18 critics polls, Charenee is poised, majestic with a razor-sharp agility reminiscent of the jazz greats. Bassist Christian McBride says she is the second coming of Betty Carter.

Charenee has worked with some of the leading artists in the music, including Wynton Marsalis, Terri Lyne Carrington and Robert Glasper, and, in 2017, received the Jazz at Lincoln Center Millennial Swing Award.

She will perform material from her latest project, Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, a powerful reinterpretation of the soul and jazz poet’s body of work. Charenee said the songs relate to what she says are “issues that unfortunately still need to be addressed today … There are still so many struggles revealing that our work is not yet done”

Jazzwise magazine described the album as “an emotional engagement with the material that renders every word believable,”

For her Sydney concerts, Charenee will be performing with; Oscar Perez on Piano, Brett Hirst on Double Bass and Paul Derricott on Drums.