Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival and Foundry616 present Lakecia Benjamin (USA) with PHAROS:
Lakecia Benjamin is a badass, in the best possible sense of the word. The New York City native saxophonist/bandleader is more than just a player, she’s a vocalist and a lyricist, and a cross-cultural force of nature who has played consistently with the greatest jazz, funk, hip hop and pop talent.
Bringing the fire and rhythmic energy of funk to her original material, Lakecia has also contributed energetic horn arrangements, collaborating with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Missy Elliot, The Roots, Santigold, Anita Baker, Macy Gray and Kool & The Gang, Talib Kweli and many more!
Throughout the festival, Benjamin has been our Artist-in-Residence and has been collaborating with 10-piece jazz ensemble Pharos, formerly known as Sydney Women’s
Jazz Collective. Formed as an initiative of the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival in 2016, Pharos create music that honors the traditions and skirts the edges of mainstream large ensemble jazz music, avant-garde and world music, each year collaborating with international artists from across the globe. Performing arrangements of Benjamin’s compositions, alongside Australian works specifically composed for Pharos from composers such as Andrea Keller, Harri Harding, and Ellen Kirkwood, this performance will also feature the premiere of a new work by APRA/AMCOS Young Composers Mentorship recipient, Melbourne saxophonist/composer Cheryl Durongpasitkul.
Hannah James (Bass), Laura Corney (Saxophone), Loretta Palmeiro (Saxophone), Kali Gillan (Baritone), Louise Horwood (Trumpet), Ellen Kirkwood (Trumpet), Alex Silver (Trombone), Hilary Geddes (Guitar), Piano (TBC), Ali Foster (Drums)