RENATA ARRIVOLO, TRIBUTE TO GERI ALLEN // ZELA MARGOSSIAN QUINTET

8.30pm Thursday 9 November, Foundry 616

“Her compositions and improvisational ideas… tell stories, take you on journeys” – Andrew Lorien, Colbourne Ave

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Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival, Renata Arrivolo — Tribute to Geri Allen // Zela Margossian Quintet

Renata1Renata Arrivolo plays regularly with her trio and quartet, which has had numerous residencies around Sydney. Renata has worked and studied with great pianists such as Aaron Goldberg and Kevin Hays.

Her festival performance will be a very special tribute to hugely influential jazz pianist, composer, Guggenheim Fellow and role model for women worldwide, Geri Allen, who passed away aged 60 on June 27 this year.

Hailed as one of the most accomplished pianists and educators of her time, Geri collaborated frequently with our other festival star, Terri Lyne Carrington, who said, “The jazz community will never be the same with the loss of one of our geniuses, Geri Allen.”

Renata, renowned for “the joy and generosity in her performances”, is moved to honour Geri’s legacy with this special performance of Geri’s own music – a moving monument to this colossal jazz icon.

RENATA ARRIVOLO piano MAX ALDUCA bass CAMERON REID drums

Zela Margossian Quintet

Zela1Zela Margossian’s music is a reflection of her journey in life. Born in Beirut of Armenian heritage, Zela’s music bears influences from the rich and colourful cultures that she represents.

During her years studying piano performance in Armenia, Zela developed a great passion for the unique Armenian ethno-jazz that she experienced in the lively local scene. After moving to Sydney, she embarked on a new journey of nurturing this passion and has been making her mark here as a blossoming composer and artist.

Zela’s music is best described as a fusion of folk and jazz, particularly carrying influences from Armenian traditional music. She will be performing with a line-up of talented, multicultural musicians from Sydney who seamlessly combine their authentic sounds to create an exotic musical atmosphere that is sure to take you on an emotive and pleasurable journey.

ZELA MARGOSSIAN piano STUART VANDEGRAAFF clarinet, nay, saxophone ELSEN PRICE double bass ADEM YILMAZ percussion ALEXANDER INMAN-HISLOP drums


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Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival, Renata Arrivolo — Tribute to Geri Allen // Zela Margossian Quintet

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