The 2021 Perth International Jazz Festival (PIJF) program is bigger and more varied than ever with new performance spaces, free community events added and an expansion in Busselton – proving that everyone enjoys listening to music live in WA’s COVID-Free Bubble!
Taking place November 5-7 in Perth and November 13 in Busselton, this year’s festival offers the best for music lovers of all kinds with performances aimed at purists from jazz to popular jazz-influenced sounds of funk, Latin, hip-hop and beyond.
PIJF opens on Friday with a free event at the State Theater Center – Courtyard featuring live Six Seasons sets from Dr Richard Walley with Junkadelic Orchestra, Daniel Susnjar’s award-winning Afro-Peruvian jazz band, and a live performance Amsterdam by Tin Men and the Telephone who will present their ‘GREATEST show’ – a spicy combination of jazz tunes and tech that will also be shown on the giant screens of Yagan Square and Northbridge Piazza.
Dutch trio Tin Men and the Telephone’s ‘GREATEST show – Global Relocation of Evolved Apes Towards Exoplanet Adaptable for Terraformation’ is an immersive multimedia performance combining improvised music, visuals and audience participation via a climate change-themed smartphone app.
Then later in the evening at The Rechabite – the PIJF festival center for paid shows and the best of jazz on offer – Cotton Club Dance Party with the OZ Big Band returns for an energetic 1920s swing to keep you in the wee hours. .
Guest domestic artists throughout the weekend include Adelaide multi-instrumentalist Adam Page, best known for his critically acclaimed multi-instrumental loop performances (and sound recording for The Hobbit films) ; two of Australia’s greatest improvisers – Scott Tinkler (trumpet) and Julius Schwing (guitar) from Bruny Island, Tasmania; and your new favorite funky-synth dance trio from Adelaide – [email protected] The description.
Other highlights of The Rechabite include a celebration of “WA’s first jazz lady” and living legend, Helen Matthews by Ali Bodycoat and Libby Hammer; and one of Australia’s greatest jazz saxophonists, Jamie Oehlers presents the music of arguably the best-known saxophonist in jazz history, John Coltrane, with Ben Vanderwal on drums, Karl Florrison on bass and Harry Mitchell at the piano.
PIJF has added more venues to the program, including Cathedral Square and a secret rooftop in the CBD (no, it’s not WA’s art gallery); and ‘Grooves n Brews’ in partnership with Northbridge Brewing Company in Northbridge Piazza will be transformed into the trendiest outdoor bar featuring jazz, funk and hip-hop artists including Liquid Project, Supathick, Trisk & Optamus Present : Prime Time and the Flewnt Boorloo Block Party.
In addition to all the free events in Northbridge Piazza, PIJF is partnering with ECU / WAAPA, the City of Perth and Lotterywest for performances at Forrest Place on Saturdays and Sundays to present new commissions, big bands and panels featuring WAAPA jazz alumni and graduate students; and on Sundays, PIJF partners with City of Vincent and Lotterywest for the popular Jazz Picnic in Hyde Park, which includes live performances by some of Perth’s top musicians as well as a Jazz Parade – where anyone can bring a instrument and “Come play”.
PIJF’s expanded program also includes improvised performances at the WA Museum Boola Bardip by Tasmanian Scott Tinkler (solo) and locals Ghost Gum Reverb and Charles / Lee; and the Ellington Jazz Club will present a series of solo jazz piano performances by some of Perth’s most talented pianists in memory of the late Graham Wood, founder of PIJF and co-owner of The Ellington.
Festival director Dr Mace Francis said that despite all the obstacles in scheduling an international festival during a pandemic, the PIJF has thrown busy weekends of jazz and entertainment in Perth and Busselton .
“There is so much music to listen to during the Perth weekend and then at the Busselton Amphitheater on the foreshore the following Saturday. Come play! Take a risk with us and see as much music as you can, ”Francis said. .
“Discover new delicacies, reconnect with old favorites and just have the best time. This festival is for YOU, and we can’t wait to see you there, from a distance.”
Tickets are on sale through Megatix.
Source: Press release
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