The Australian Institute of Music and the Sydney Improvised Music Association have recently teamed up to present a series of Summer concerts, featuring some of Australia’s most prestigious and respected jazz artists today. 

 

The concerts are taking place in Sydney’s main auditorium and the newly redesigned chamber room, ‘The Space’ under the banner, ‘Space is the Place.’ 

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Kicking off the series was a concert by the quartet Nock/Stuart/Wilson/Zwartz in the John Painter Hall on Saturday, February 8th. The concert featured works from their new release: This World, including original contributions from all four members of this outstanding quartet.  

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Eric Myers, a reviewer for the Australian, wrote that he was, “left speechless...the venue had excellent acoustics and the musicians played beautifully.” 

Particular praise must be awarded to AIM student Laura Parker who contributed considerable expertise to the overall sound production of the night.  

"Working alongside industry professional Ross A’Hern and watching him bring this gig to life was an amazing experience. Being able to use the skills I have learned in the Audio degree in a professional environment is such an incredible learning experience. I can’t wait for more opportunities like this one” 

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On staff sound manager Victor Jimenez was on hand to guide Laura through the tricky process of microphone placement and signal flow, supporting external expert Ross A’hern. 

On Wednesday the series continued with part One of ‘Space is the Place’. This concert featured the incredible sounds of Gary Daly’s original ensemble, Bungarribee. The band is named after the Indigenous word for ‘idyllic meeting place.’ Certainly, the sound produced by the quartet was indeed idyllic. Witness a short excerpt from the performance here - https://youtu.be/ZrTC6vIfDFQ

Bungarribee features Gary Daly on piano and accordion, Paul Cutlan on saxophone, alto and Bb clarinet and bass clarinet, Oliver Miller on Cello and sampler and Tunji Beier on drums, percussion, and Jaw harp. 

Julian Gough, Head of Pathways and Engagement, is excited about the new partnership. “The collaboration between AIM and SIMA is indicative of a new era for AIM across both Melbourne and Sydney campuses. AIM is committed to providing world-class performances and interactive experiences for our students and the SIMA collaboration is indicative of this.” 

The concert series continues throughout February and AIM students get a very special discount at the door.

Coming up on Wednesday 19th February at 7 PM is the Matt McMahon trio. Matt has received almost all of Australia’s jazz awards, including the Freedman award National Jazz award. One of Australia’s most in-demand pianists, his compositional work has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike. Matt McMahon piano, Jonathan Brown on bass, Simon Barker drums. 

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