Exemplifying the exhilarating energy of jazz, SIMA presents two dynamic ensembles rich with passion, groove, spontaneity, and imagination.

This Winter, SIMA presents a series of unique concerts to answer the question – What is Jazz:NOW?


Acknowledging the roots of jazz, while still pushing the genre forward with innovation – this concert promises edge-of-your-seat spontaneous dialogue from incomparable masters of their instruments. Their names alone speak for themselves.

Sandy Evans/Andrew Robson Quartet

“…This saxophonist ranks as one of the best contemporary jazz composers/musicians anywhere.” – Ian Patterson,

A never-heard-before new collaboration between Sandy Evans and Andrew Robson puts supported experimentation & collaborative interplay at the forefront. Bringing together Evans’ powerful tenor sound and soaring soprano melodies, with Robson’ great sense of groove and an uncanny instinct for melodic lyricism, the group will create a thrilling and engaging musical dialogue of original works.

Galaxstare ft. Kristin Berardi & 21monks 

“like Chick Corea, [Richard] Maegraith is not afraid to move beyond of the bounds of whatever constitutes jazz” – John Hardaker, Jazz and beyond

Returning home from Berlin, veteran Sydney saxophonist Richard Maegraith and Vocalist Kristin Berardi launch their long-awaited 3rd album, “Listening with your eyes” under the pseudonym ‘Galaxstare’. Kristin Berardi is heralded as Australia’s greatest jazz vocalist, with the international recognition that attests to the claim. Her voice has a strength and directness from its honesty and vulnerability. 

Special guest hip-hop artist 21monks joins on a selection of compositions, bring his unique cross-genre experience to the mic.


Sandy Evans/Andrew Robson Quartet

Sandy Evans: Tenor, Soprano Saxophones
Andrew Robson: Alto, Baritone Saxophones
Brett Hirst: Double Bass
Hamish Stuart: Drums 

Galaxstare Ft. Kristin Berardi & 21monks

Richard Maegraith – Tenor Saxophone
Kristin Berardi – Vocals
Gary Daley – Keys
Jonathan Zwartz – Double Bass
Tim Firth – Drums
21Monks – Spoken Word

Proudly presented by SIMA – Experience Jazz
This event is supported by Create NSW and Australian Council for the Arts.

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