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by Brock Rozen
posted 13/08/2020

SIMA’s Jazz:NOW Zela Margossian Trio

Jazz:NOW has rebooted to connect artists and audiences at a time when it’s most needed. Watch seven intimate performances with bonus vintage footage from iconic Australian artists in this exclusive digital season.

Zela Margossian is joined by long time, multicultural collaborators to create an exotic, global musical journey. Her rich textures, tumbling polyrhythms and use of traditional Armenian melodies have been described by Downbeat as “entrancing and dazzlingly unique”.

Born in Beirut, classically trained Zela developed a passion for ethnojazz during her time studying in Armenia. Upon moving to Australia she began combining classical virtuosity, jazz-based improvisation, and the complex rhythmic and melodic flavours of her heritage.

A nuanced take on Armenian musical tradition voiced through the lens of jazz trio.

Zela Margossian (piano) Stuart Vandegraaff (clarinet) Adem Yilmaz (percussion)

+ Bonus Footage: Mark Isaacs Trio, Alister Spence Trio and the Cathy Harley Trio

Sydney’s downtown Winebanc was an important jazz haunt regularly playing host to Sydney’s most accomplished acts – having built a formidable reputation as a young pianist Mark Isaacs leads his trio featuring Mark Harris and Dave Goodman. In-demand improviser Alister Spence leads his trio comprising Toby Hall and Steve Elphick and trail-blazer Cathy Harley performs alongside Jay Miller and Adam Pache.


Who: Zela Margossian Trio + guests

What: SIMA’s Jazz:NOW

When: Sat, 29 August 2020 8:00 PM

Where: Online

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From middle eastern percussion to pedal steel guitar, the excitement, diversity and immediacy of Australian jazz is captured in multi-camera video with audio recorded and mixed by Richard Belkner.

Performances are followed by archival footage filmed over 00/01 for The Pulse. Hear from iconic Australian artists including The Necks, Bernie McGann, Sandy Evans, James Greening, Darren Percival, Lily Dior, Mike Nock’s Big Small Band, Theak-Tet, Band of Five Names and Barney McAll.

** All streams are available to watch on demand 30 days after the event.