Chris Fields .

Kim Sanders and Friends is not a group that trots out the same old tunes and the same approach at every gig. Drawing from a pool of some of Australia’s finest improvising musicians who have studied in different traditions, the group is constantly evolving. This time they will be exploring the slightly jazzier part of their repertoire. Kim will be joined by long-time collaborator Sandy Evans and multi-instrumentalist James Greening (who need no introduction), and Chris Fields in his first appearance with the group.

Chris is a 3rd generation drummer and percussionist originally from Atlanta, Georgia. His father introduced him to Drum Kit, Afro-Cuban Percussion, and Indian Tabla. He has since continued his Tabla training under the intense guidance of his guruji, Pandit Ram Chandra Suman as well as the legendary Pandit Shankar Ghosh & Sri Yogesh Samsi.
Chris began playing & recording professionally at the age of 15 and has performed all over the U.S., Caribbean, and Mexico. Since moving to Sydney Chris has enjoyed performing & or recording with the likes of Olivia Newton John, John Ferris (INXS) Hariharan (Bollywood Great), Sandy Evans, Guy Strazz, Sean Coffin, Bobby Singh, Matt McMahon, Rick Robertson (DIG), Tim Rollinson (DIG), The Felas (Afro Beat), and Sarangan.

“I’m looking forward to this gig”, says Kim. “It’s good to meet a percussionist who plays tabla at a high level, and also knows who Zigaboo Modeliste is!”

There are many approaches to improvisation, and between them, these are improvisers of the highest calibre. Turkish Sufi meditations, Hindustani Classical music, Balkan Gypsy dance grooves, bent jazz and new and strange originals will be heard. Something new and magical will be sure to emerge.

Kim Sanders: Ney (Turkish Sufi flute), gaida (Bulgarian bagpipe), kaval (Turkish/Balkan wooden flute), tenor sax
Sandy Evans: Soprano and tenor saxes
James Greening: Sousaphone, bass guitar
Chris Fields: Tabla, drum kit, percussion

The performance is part of the 2012 Kinetic Jazz series, featuring cutting-edge jazz and performances by Kinetic Energy Theatre Company.

The second part of the double bill will be two presentations by Kinetic Energy:

Untitled – an exploration of sound and image by Roger Dean (music) and Saha Jones (video visuals)
5 Days Lost – A transcendental trip into the rainforest. Text: Thomas Shapcott, Visuals and Direction: Graham Jones and Jepke Goudsmit, Sound: Australysis Electroband, Performers: Robert Gray and Jepke Goudsmit.

Saturday Oct 6

Doors and Kinetic Cafe open 7 p.m..

Kim Sanders & Friends music starts at 7.30 p.m. sharp.

St Luke’s Church Hall

11 Stanmore Rd, Enmore

Tickets $20 full, $15 concession (pensioner, student, child)

Bookings and enquiries  8313 9014     Info:

To arrange interviews, Hi-Res photos etc


Kim Sanders and Friends will be performing in the July season of Kinetic Energy Theatre Company’s Kinetic Jazz in the Round at St Luke’s Church in Enmore, Sydney.

The band will be exploring the jazzier part of the band’s wide and wonderful repertoire and will include at least one new composition. The emphasis, however, will be on collective improvisation.

Kim will be joined by regular collaborators Sandy Evans and Toby Hall, and James Greening will make his debut with the band. “I‘ve been a great admirer of James’ playing for many years,” says Kim.  “He’s a very open-minded and accomplished improviser, and I’m looking forward to working with him.  Of course he has played many times with Sandy and Toby, so the rapport will be there.  Hopefully the new context will produce something magical!”

Kim Sanders: tenor sax, gaida, kaval

Sandy Evans: soprano and tenor saxes

James Greening: electric bass, sousaphone

Toby Hall: drums

With this line-up, there is sure to be to be some seriously bent “world jazz”.


Then for something completely different: Kinetic Energy Theatre Company ventures into the world of the city’s homeless. With Graham Jones, Jepke Goudsmit, Angela Canalese, Tomomi Takahashi, rap artist Damon Biggar and a hip soup kitchen band led by jazz drummer Ed Rodrigues on percussion and found objects.


The second band will be The Vampires, who are quickly becoming an icon on the Australian jazz scene with their unique blend of soulful jazz, old-school reggae and South American music.

Jeremy Rose: saxophones

Nick Garbett: trumpet

Alex Boneham: double bass

Alex Masso: drums





7.00 doors open

7.30 sharp Kim Sanders & Friends

8.45 Kinetic Energy Theatre Company

9.30 The Vampires

Soup, cakes and beverages available in the foyer (Caterer: Berkelouw Cafe)

Bookings: or 02 8313 9014