Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival: Double Bill – Tamara Murphy (VIC) & Gemma Farrell (WA)
Gemma Farrell 10.00 pm (WA) is a leading saxophonist, composer, and educator on the Perth scene, lecturing at WAAPA and working as the assistant musical director of the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra. After a long stint in Europe, where she earned a Master of Music at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, Farrell returned to Australia, a force majeure.
Her quintet’s second album Organised Chaos and was nominated for an Australian Jazz Bell Award in 2018. Farrell’s solo work is bright and soulful, phrasing traditional elements of jazz-like lyrical, melodic solos against a swinging rhythm section.
Gemma Farrell (saxophones) Tom Salleo (trombone) Daniel Garner (guitar) Kate Pass (bass) Ryan Daunt (drums)
Tamara Murphy 8.30 pm (VIC) As well as being a hard-touring bass player for names like Bernie McGann, Christine Anu, and Grace Knight, Murphy is a composer of renown. The versatile Melbourne-based bassist and composer won the inaugural PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission, was twice nominated for The Age Genre Music Awards and the Australian Jazz Bell Award that year. Murphy’s recent record Spirograph Studies is a languid daydream of space and muted guitar, resonant piano and brushed drums.
Tamara Murphy (bass) Fran Swin (guitar) James McClean (drums) Luke Howard (piano)