6:30pm – 7:30pm, Saturday 3 November

Sirens Big Band presents [A]part: an epic 1 hour suite by Ellen Kirkwood, featuring Andrea Keller (piano), Sandy Evans (saxophones) and Gian Slater (voice).

This performance will launch the album recording of [A]part; Kirkwood’s ground breaking and captivating response to world issues including climate change, the refugee crisis and the omnipresence of the internet. [A]part is a finalist for Jazz Work of the Year in the APRA Art Music Awards.

A dynamic super-collective bringing new sounds to the traditional big band setting, Sirens Big Band are passionate about increasing gender diversity in jazz through their predominantly female and trans line-up. Trumpeter and composer Ellen Kirkwood is rapidly gaining recognition for her daring and imaginative works. She was a 2017 finalist in the Freedman Jazz Fellowships, and won the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award in 2012.

This performance has support from the Australia Council for the Arts.


Jessica Dunn bandleader and bassist
Ellen Kirkwood trumpet
Alon Ilsar drums
Ben Hauptmann guitar
Andrea Keller piano
Gian Slater vocals
Sandy Evans saxophone
Paul Murchison trumpet
Claire Hollander trumpet
Eve McEwen french horn
Amanda Tillett trombone
Jessica Ling tuba
Laura Corney saxophone
Melissa Mony saxophone
Harri Harding saxophone
Phillippa Murphy-Haste saxophone