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Matt McMahon and Friends + Kate Wadey

September 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Premiered in 2017 and released as a studio-recorded album in 2018, ‘[A]part’ is a four-part suite written by Ellen Kirkwood and performed by Sirens Big Band with special guests Sandy Evans, Andrea Keller, and Gian Slater.

Join us for a two-part online series, where we interview the creative minds behind this work, including Ellen Kirkwood, Sandy Evans, and Jess Dunn. Following insightful discussions with artists, you’ll get to re-live the exciting premiere concert performance of [A]part through the lens of talented videographer and visual projectionist Cleo Mees.

Transcending genre, Kirkwood combines jazz, rock, afro-cuban, and contemporary classical to address topical issues through narrative composition. Each of the 4 sections of the suite sees Kirkwood address a distinct modern issue, including climate change and the refugee crisis. [A]part has earned high praise from national press, and earned Kirkwood and the band various awards and accolades.

“This is a major accomplishment for big band jazz in this country. The writing is superb on this enthralling, entertaining exploration of old and new sounds.” 4.5 stars – Eric Myers, The Australian

Ellen Kirkwood (composer) Sandy Evans (saxophones) Andrea Keller (piano) Gian Slater (vocals) & the Sirens Big Band led by Jess Dunn.


September 19, 2021
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Bennelong, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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