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Sirens Big Band – [A]part

Sat 11 Apr

A dynamic collective bringing new sounds to the traditional big band setting.

Sirens Big Band perform [A]part: an epic suite by Ellen Kirkwood, featuring Andrea Keller (piano), Sandy Evans (saxophones) and Sonya Holowell (voice).

Kirkwood’s ground breaking work is a captivating response to growing issues in a rapidly changing world: the wonder and malignance of the internet, the refugee crisis, greed and climate change, and reflections/reactions to the present. [A]part traverses a diverse series of influences and styles including neo-classicism, chorale, afro-cuban, and electronica, and was a finalist for Jazz Work of the Year in the APRA Art Music Awards.

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. Pianist Andrea Keller, saxophonist Sandy Evans and vocalist Sonya Holowell are three of Australia’s most celebrated and in-demand jazz performer/composers, and have played a significant part in inspiring Ellen and her generation of creative jazz musicians. She was a 2017 finalist in the Freedman Jazz Fellowships, and won the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award in 2012.

Reviews

  • This is a major accomplishment for big band jazz in this country. The writing is superb on this enthralling, entertaining exploration of new and old sounds. - Eric Myers, The Australian
  • They are one of Sydney’s – if not Australia’s – treasures. - John Hardaker, australianjazz.net
  • Composer Ellen Kirkwood... is clearly an emergent talent, whose work bears comparison with composers like Maria Schneider and James Darcy Argue. - Des Cowley, Australian Book Review
  • [A]part moves with a big sound and a bigger heart; this is instrumental music which speaks louder than pundits’ words and clearer than our present troubles. - Todd B Gruel, acloserlisten.com

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