IMPROVISED music is played, explored and discussed at the first Bellingen Improvised Music Festival (BIMF) to be held at the city’s Showground Main Pavilion from Friday 9 July to Sunday 11 July 2021.
A highlight of the diverse event is Sunday’s performance by the Sandy Evans quartet, featuring its namesake, a world-renowned jazz saxophonist and composer.
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On Saturday mornings, young local and regional musicians are invited to participate in free workshops.
To kick off the festival, the Friday night party features performances by talented local musicians, including Pablo Blitzer (piano), joined by Pete Skelton (drums) and Danny Stitt (double bass), performing original compositions by Pablo.
The ultra-creative Free Jazz will be played by the Offspring Gypsys, led by Zac Mukgrrngal (electric guitar), joined by Ash Hall (trumpet), Chris Frater (tenor saxophone), Memo Beltzer (electric bass) and Stephen Harris (drums).
And then to the Sunday afternoon Sandy Evans Quartet session, with Sandy Evans OAM joined by local musicians Greg Sheehan (drums and percussion) and Bobby Singh (tablas) with Brett Hirst (double bass) from Sydney.
They will be supported by the Oscar Eager Octet from final year students and alumni of the Sydney Conservatory of Music Jazz Program, performing Oscar’s original compositions.
Sandy Eager of the event’s organizers, Bellingen Improvised Music Collective Inc., told News Of The Area: “All young musicians, as well as family and close friends are invited to the free Saturday Night Jam Circle, which is held in a circle. , to create an informal atmosphere so that less experienced musicians feel more confident to participate.
On Sunday morning, Sandy Evans will coach young groups, giving them feedback to improve their performance.
“I’m really excited to perform and host a workshop at the Bellingen Improvised Music Festival,” said Greg Sheehan, adding, “I’m delighted to perform with the wonderful saxophonist and songwriter Sandy Evans as a percussionist in his band.
“I also love teaching rhythm and have a few decades of improvisation skills and tricks to pass on.
“So come take a walk.” “
By Andrea FERRARI