Zephyrs Jazz Presents:

Sandy Evans | Andrea Keller

‘Women do jazz’

in partnership with Four Winds

Windsong Pavilion

Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay, 2546

Sunday 20 October 2019 | 2-5pm

Sandy Evans and Andrea Keller are two of Australia’s finest and most original jazz musicians. Each of them has achieved national and international recognition as a performer, composer and leader and has won most of Australia’s major national jazz awards. They are also important as pioneering women in Australian jazz, champions for women in music and revered mentors for younger female musicians.

They will perform with their renowned Trios. They will also perform with each other as a duo – a format that is recent for them and that has evolved from their longstanding admiration for each other’s music. The event will be another of Zephyrs Jazz’s Spring afternoons of compelling original music in Four Winds’ indoor performance space: the intimate and acoustically stunning Windsong Pavilion.

Sandy Evans

“one of the best contemporary jazz composers/musicians anywhere.”
(the US’s Allaboutjazz.com)

“the improvisations exemplify the virtuosic energy that is a key resonance between jazz and Indian classical music.”
(The Music Trust)

Dr Sandy Evans OAM (saxophones, compositions) is a Sydney-based, foundational figure in contemporary Australian jazz. A graduate of the NSW Conservatorium of Music, since the early 1980s she has led a number of ground-breaking bands including ‘Women and Children First’, the ‘Sandy Evans Trio’ and the ‘Sandy Evans Sextet’, and has co-led several other important groups such as ‘Clarion Fracture Zone’.

She has also played with and composed for some of Australia’s most renowned groups including ‘The catholics’, the ‘Australian Art Orchestra’ and ‘Ten Part Invention’. She has performed with jazz musicians of the stature of Paul Grabowsky, Lloyd Swanton, Judy Bailey, Andrea Keller, Germany’s Silke Eberhard and the US drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. She has featured on over 40 albums and received compositional commissions from many leading ensembles. She is also a key figure in the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival.

Sandy’s deep engagement with Indian classical music is particularly noteworthy. She collaborates regularly with Sydney-based Indian virtuosos Bobby Singh and Sarangan Sriranganathan, was awarded a Doctorate for her research on Carnatic-Jazz intercultural music and received a Churchill Fellowship to establish musical collaborations with master musicians in India. These projects culminated in the January 2019 launch of her highly praised ‘Bridge of Dreams’ project – a 24-piece ‘glorious exchange between Australian jazz and the rich Indian musical palette’ – in a sell-out performance/album launch at Sydney’s prestigious, 1,200 seat City Recital Centre. She will bring Bobby Singh (tabla) to our event.

Further details and links to her music: www.sandyevans.com.au/

This article overviews her collaborative work with Indian music and musicians.

Andrea Keller

“totally original … no one else composes anything like this”
(the UK’s Jazzwisemagazine.com)

“she produces work that bristles with surprises, a powerful blend of European lyricism with space and improvisation.”
(Leon Gettler)

Andrea Keller (piano, compositions) is based in Melbourne. After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1993 she went on to establish and compose for several influential ensembles that include ‘Still Night: Music in Poetry’, her several ‘Transients’ trios, ‘The Bartok Project’ and ‘The Andrea Keller Quartet’. She has collaborated with many other top jazz groups including ‘The Australian Art Orchestra’, ‘Ten Part Invention’, ‘Mike Nock’s BigSmallBand’ and the ‘Sydney Women’s Jazz Collective’. She has performed with leading Australian musicians such as Sandy Evans, Mike Nock, Barney McAll, Bernie McGann and Allan Browne and with international jazz greats such as the UK’s John Surman, Germany’s Silke Eberhard and Ireland’s Ronan Guilfoyle.

Andrea brings her deep understanding of classical music to her jazz. She began her childhood training in the classical tradition and, though becoming enamoured with jazz and improvisation from her early teens, classical music remained an inspirational wellspring. She has also appeared with many distinguished contemporary classical musicians and ensembles such as Genevieve Lacey, Claire Edwardes, James Crabb, ‘The Song Company’, ‘Ensemble Offspring’, ‘The Letter String Quartet’, the ‘Flinders Quartet’ and the ‘Zephyr Quartet’ and has performed at the Four Winds Festival.

Her mentoring activities include the ‘Girls Do Jazz’ jazz/improvisation workshops for school-aged girls that have been presented by the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival.

Further details and links to her music: www.andreakellerpiano.com.au/

This essay describes the jazz-classical interplay in her music. and this interview covers her engagement with the particular challenges faced by women in jazz.

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A Zephyrs Jazz performance in the Windsong Pavilion:
(Alistair Spence Trio, 2014)

Event partnered with Four Winds