SIMA presents ‘The Freedom Jazzdance’
Playing on the freedom of spontaneous improvisation and expression, this series curated by Stu Hunter celebrates the delicate dance of engagement that underpins this exciting art form.
Double Bill: Showa 44 + Yutaro Okuda –
Featuring guitarist Carl Dewhurst and drummer Simon Barker, Showa 44 utilise tuned metallic resonances, rhythmic densities, and spontaneous invention via electric guitar and drum set to manifest compelling and evocative soundscapes.
“among the world’s finest improvisers”- (John Shand)
“the restless exploration of free-spirited improvisers lives on undiminished.” – Jazz Local
Carl Dewhurst | Guitar
Simon Barker | Drums and Cymbals
Yutaro Okuda Quartet:
Yutaro Okuda is a Japanese-Australian jazz guitarist, who’ll be premiering a new quartet comprised of Sydney’s best emerging improvisers, Jack Stoneham on alto saxophone, Holly Conner on drums and internationally renowned pianist Alister Spence.
The project will explore the vast diversity of sound and texture available through their individual instrumentation and collective expression. Their free improvisation odyssey will include beautiful lyrical motifs in open textural soundscapes, through to dense musical intersections of rhythm.
Entering the covid-era off the back of extensive touring through Europe, with Arcing Wires and Japan as a solo artist and with the Satoko Fujii Orchestra. Yutaro performs regularly as sideman, lending his unique voice on guitar to many ensembles within Sydney’s contemporary jazz & improvised music scene, including Sam Gill’s Scattered, Bri Cowlishaw’s Fetherstone, Gavin Ahearn’s Memewars & Jenna Cave’s Divergence Jazz Orchestra.
Jack Stoneham | Alto Saxophone
Holly Conner | Drums
Alister Spence | Piano
Yutaro Okuda | Electric Guitar
See more at https://winterjazzfest.com.au/
This event is featured as part of the Winter Jazz Festival, and proudly supported by The City of Sydney and Create NSW.
SIMA acknowledges the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which this event will take place. We pay respect to the elders past, present, and emerging. We recognise that on this land sovereignty was never ceded, It always was, always is, always will be Aboriginal land.