Presented by SIMA
Opening performance by Jo Lawry & Dan Tepfer
“With 12 Stars, Aldana puts all of her colourful sonic and emotional textures on display “ – ALL MUSIC
Melissa Aldana established herself as a creative force to be reckoned with from an early age. She was born in Santiago, Chile, and grew up in a musical family as a third-generation saxophonist.
Aldana was the first female instrumentalist to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, surpassing her father who was a semi-finalist in 1991.
Her latest contemplative and emotive album 12 Stars is powerful statement from the signature saxophonist and her highly talented band.
Inspired by the arcs and nuances of tarot, 12 Stars features a series of tributes to moments of challenge and triumph in Aldana’s New York life. It firmly captures her “bold harmonies and attention-grabbing solos” – Jazzwise
She’s a story-teller and an improvisor with a deeply meditative interpretation of jazz language and vocabulary.
Melissa Aldana | Tenor Saxophone
Kush Abadey | Drums
Lage Lund | Guitar
Pablo Menares | Bass
Special guest opening performance from Jo Lawry & Dan Tepfer, which is sure to be rich with playfulness, virtuosity, deep connection and surprises.
Jo Lawry | Vocals
Dan Tepfer | Piano
SIMA would like to thank Create NSW, Australia Council, The City of Sydney and the Anthony and Sharon Lee Foundation for their generous funding towards the Jazz: NOW Winter program.