KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS at KINETIC JAZZ

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: info@kineticjazz.com

To arrange interviews, Hi-Res photos etc kimzgaida@hotmail.com

KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS: ELPHICK’S LAST STAND

Kim Sanders & Friends will present a tribute and farewell to long-time bassist Steve Elphick at the Sound Lounge on Friday December 9. A regular performer with the band for more than ten years, Steve is moving to Melbourne in January.

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“The thing about Steve is, wherever the music takes us – and in this band we go to some places that might seem pretty strange to some people – Steve always plays so musically” says Kim. “Tonally, melodically, rhythmically. He’s a great improviser, and has been playing various kinds of ‘world music’ – how I hate marketing terms! – for long enough to be able to play without thinking about the sources he has internalised. And I have been playing with Steve, Sandy and the others for so long now that we can all forget that stuff, and just play! That’s when the magic happens!

A lot of my tunes consist of a circular bass-line, a melody-line and a rhythm. The bass-line holds it all together. When you have a bass-player like Steve, when you are improvising, you always know exactly where you are, even though the tune might be in 13/8 or 17/8, because the feel is there. It’s like a Cuban son tune – Cachao Lopez never plays the bass-line the same way twice but the feel is there, all right! The African infinite-minute-variation approach.

We’ll be sorry to see him go, but we’ll all be fired up at the gig!”

In a career spanning more than twenty-five years Kim Sanders has performed with Gypsy wedding bands in Macedonia, studied with Sufi ney-masters in Turkey, played in mosquito-infested night-clubs in Gambia, tavernas in Greece, concert-halls indonesia and China and on national radio in Bulgaria.

The occasion is also an opportunity for the band to perform with two drummers, Toby Hall, a regular at the Sound Lounge and Peter Kennard, a superb colourist and a master of the frame drum. Together with Steve, it’s a dynamite rhythm section! They will be joined by saxophonist Sandy Evans, herself an explorer in many World Music idioms including the Classical Carnatic tradition of Southern India.

* Kim Sanders: Ganesha (hybrid Bulgarian/Turkish/Balinese/Australian bagpipe), ney (Turkish Sufi flute), kaval (Bulgarian wooden flute, mey (Turkish double reed), tenor sax
* Sandy Evans: tenor and soprano saxes
* Steve Elphick: double bass
* Toby Hall: drums
* Peter Kennard: dhaf (Middle-Eastern frame drum), darabukka (Balkan/Middle-Eastern goblet drum), percussion

8.30 – 11pm
Friday Dec 9
The Sound Lounge
The Seymour Centre
Cnr City Rd & Cleveland St
Chippendale
$20(non-member) – $15 (member) – $10 (student)
Details and on-line bookings at www.sima.org.au

For HiRes photos, to arrange interviews etc contact Kim at kimzgaida@hotmail.com

This is the second in the Elphick’s Last Stand series put on by Sydney Improvised Music Association. The first will feature Steve with “The World According to James” at the Sound Lounge on Saturday November 26. Details, bookings at www.sima.org.au

PERFORMANCE for ORIENTAL SOCIETY of AUSTRALIA

Kim will be joined by Peter Kennard to perform and talk about Turkish and Middle-Eastern music for the Oriental Society of Australia at the Efendy Turkish restaurant in Balmain on December 9.