Headline Acts Announced for International Women’s Jazz Fest 2022
Multicultural Lineup Celebrates Women In Jazz
Musicians from around the globe will gather in Sydney for SIMA’s annual celebration of women in jazz. Now in its 11th year, the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival continues to showcase some of the most talented, inspiring and creative musicians from home and abroad.
Headlining the 2022 festival is Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana (Blue Note), Finnish pianist/harpist Iro Haarla (ECM Records), Guguyelandji and Woppaburra woman Marlene Cummins, and world-renowned pianist Andrea Keller from Melbourne/Naarm.
The first week’s musical adventures will take place in one central hub – the vibrant Seymour Centre, in Chippendale. The York Theatre will be home to the headliners, with opening artists from 7.30pm – whilst a late-night festival club with live music will take over the foyer. A curated program of additional festival events at clubs and venues throughout Sydney will be announced in mid-September.
The York Theatre – Thursday October 27
Marloo’s Blues by Marlene Cummins
The York Theatre – Friday October 28
In this world premiere, proud Guguyelandji, and Woppaburra woman Marlene Cummins tells the musical story of Australia’s first nations jazz and blues artists of the 50s and 60s – one of vulnerability, strength and survival. This world premiere will speak of their shared experiences before & after the Aboriginal Rights Movement. She’ll be celebrating these pioneering artists, such as legendary blues women Big Mama Thornton and Bessie Smith through her music and stories.
Marloo’s Blues will open with a special guest performance from SHAMIN, an experimental jazz duo based in Brisbane/Meanjin, comprising of Sophie Min and Benjamin Shannon.