Sydney Con Jazz Festival 2022
All five concert halls and performance spaces at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (SCM) will be on display, as audiences immerse themselves in a myriad of contemporary jazz styles.
“The festival is a celebration of jazz, one of mankind’s most dynamic and creative art forms,” said David Theak, festival artistic director and senior lecturer in jazz studies at the Sydney Conservatorium. of Music.
“Jazz is an incredibly broad genre and we invite you to immerse yourself in the wide variety of music on offer at our unique one-day festival.”
The headliner of the Festival Gala is Trio Grande 2.0, with multi-Grammy award winner Eric Harland (USA). Boss of the New York scene, Harland is one of the most sought-after jazz drummers today. He will be joined by saxophonist Will Vinson (UK) and guitarist Gilad Hekselman (Israel), each with his formidable reputation. Pianist and award winner Aria Barney McAll will open the gala with a solo performance that will dazzle and inspire.
One of the most prolific and talented jazz composers, Florian Ross (Germany) will present beautiful melodic and intriguing compositions for big band in ‘Architexture’. Ross (piano) is accompanied by Will Vinson on saxophone, Hannah James on bass, Jamie Cameron on drums and a seven-piece wind ensemble.
Melbourne’s standout artists in the SCJF 2022 program include acclaimed saxophonist Julien Wilson and his quartet STOCK while prodigious singer and songwriter Gian Slater will present the Sydney premiere of his sixth album ‘Grey is Ground’ featuring Barney McAll, Simon Barker ( drums) and the Sydney Con Jazz Choir conducted by Naomi Crellin.
Emerging female quartet AURA will shine alongside other visiting Victorian artists such as luminous pianist Andrea Keller with Helen Svobada and Niran Dasika join the Ben Devries Trio at Converge. Winner of the 2021 APRA Arts Music Award for Best Jazz Work, Vanessa Perica will lead the National Youth Big Band which features Australia’s finest young musicians from across the country.
Acoustic offerings include experimental folk duo Meatshell, the soulful and interactive Chris Cody Quartet, and the lush harmonies of the Emma Stephenson Quartet. Visions of Nar with Zela Margossian, Jeremy Rose, Hilary Geddes and Adam Yilmaz, promises a fusion of folk, jazz and classical. Steve Barry’s Blueprints Trio will unite for the first time since 2019 and K2 with Matt Keegan and Chloe Kim will conjure up improvised electro-acoustic groove-based dialogue.
The mission of the SCJF is to provide opportunities for emerging artists to work with established artists from the CONVerge series. CONVerge concerts for 2022 include Florian Ross leading CONverge with the Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra, led by David Theak and Vanessa Perica leading the interstate and local lead musicians of the ANJO Youth Big Band. Mingus Amongst Us will awaken Charles Mingus with an Australian touch.
James Valentine (ABC Jazz and 702 Afternoons) will host a panel discussion of distinguished artists from the festival. The talk will provide insight into how leading musicians approach their art form, what inspires them, and how the world of jazz continues to change today.
The Jazz Cafe will host outstanding bands including New Zealand supergroup GRG67 featuring Roger Manins (one of the Southern Hemisphere’s leading jazz saxophonists) with Michael Howellon on guitar, Mostyn Cole on bass and Tristan Deck on battery. Julien Wilson’s STOCK will delight with Wilson’s electrifying original compositions. Expect bold new Australian compositions by Delay 45 and extreme virtuosity of the next wave of the Sydney jazz scene with Turismo.
The Pocket Trio wellness and smile ensemble will perform for free in front of festival-goers in the Atrium.
The SCJF 2022 is a collaboration between the Sydney Conservatory Jazz Unit, the Conservatorium Open Academy and the Sydney Improvised Music Association. This dynamic team sought to create an event where the musicians and their art are at the center of concerns.
Image: STOCK by Julian Wilson