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Amanda Suwondo

Originally from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, pianist Amanda Suwondo started learning keyboard at the age of five. She started learning classical music during high school, doing grades, and playing at church. She then took her career as a musician to the next level in 2010 when she moved to Sydney, Australia, studying diploma of contemporary music at C3 College, NSW. During her study, she started to go seeing gigs and got inspired to play jazz by a pianist Judy Bailey, later became her teacher. She started to get more involved in learning jazz by joining SIMA’s Women in Jazz in 2011, taught by Jess Green (through which she was awarded a mentorship by Sirens Big Band)

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Jason Bruer

Jason’s musical career started in the mid-eighties, taking up the saxophone at 18. He commenced a jazz diploma at Adelaide University in 1982. His Quintet ‘Small Hours’ supported international heavy weights Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and also Johnny Griffin. He moved to Sydney in 1984 with eight-piece band Fat Time, who had outgrown the Adelaide scene and eventually went on to become one of Australia’s most popular live acts. The band’s numerous appearances on TV included The Ray Martin show, The Mike Walsh show and Hey Hey It’s Saturday. They were also the winners of national talent show Starsearch in 1986

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Max Petersen

Born in Sydney, Australia in 1994, Max began playing piano at the age of three, learning with the Suzuki method. When the Petersen family moved to Germany in 1998 he began taking regular piano lessons. At the age of 13 Max started playing in his first band with local musicians from Konstanz, Germany. This was when he began to practice more intensively and started composing original music for the group. At the age of 15, Max joined a special high school program in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland through which he started to take piano lessons at the conservatory in Zurich with Chris Wiesendanger. With only 17 years, Max was enrolled at the conservatory in Zurich, studying Jazz. In summer 2013 his high school’s classical orchestra performed Max' composition for orchestra entitled "Fantasie". In 2013/2014 Max studied at Manhattan School of Music in New York at the age of 19, attending the studio of Vijay Iyer, Jim Mcneely, Phil Markowitz and Donny Mccaslin. Max released three Albums as a Bandleader

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Steve Arié

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Sydney based jazz musician Steve Arié is a rare bird on the jazz scene. After more than 25 years as one of the most in demand jazz double bass players, he has reinvented himself as a quirky vocalist and alto saxophonist with more than a nod to the styles of Chet Baker and Paul Desmond. Steve has performed with many Australian greats including Dale Barlow, Bernie McGann, D.I.G., Ten Part Invention, George Washingmachine, Pardon Me Boys, MARA!, Bob Bertles, Erol Buddle, Wanderlust, Martin Plaza and Gyan. He has played at prestigious festivals and events including two performances at Chicago Jazz Festival, Hothouse Jazz Club Chicago, The Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts (USA), Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Ruhrfestspiele Germany, Queenstown Jazz Festival and jazz and music festivals throughout Australia. Steve is self taught and plays saxophone, flute, double bass, electric bass, guittaron (Mexican bass), guitar and piano.

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Michael Pignéguy

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Michael Pignéguy is a gifted drummer, composer, band-leader, arranger and producer. He performs & records alongside a variety of other skilled, international musicians & vocalists as either, THE AWAKENINGS ENSEMBLE (World, Arabic, Latin & Jazz) The Michael Pignéguy Sextet (Jazz) The Michael Pignéguy Quartet (Jazz) & other extended orchestral versions of the Jazz formats Where many artists are wary of straying too far from home, both literally and figuratively, Michael Pignéguy (pronounced Pin-ay-gee) has had the pluck to investigate all sorts of music beyond his beloved jazz roots and to base himself in somewhere as improbable and exotic as Doha, Qatar

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Rodric White

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Rodric White was a finalist in the 1999 National Australian Jazz Piano Competition and is a graduate of the Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies Course (NSW Conservatorium of Music) where he majored in Music Arranging and Jazz Piano, and studied Classical Piano with Gerard Willems (Judge of the Sydney International Piano Competition and ABC Recording Artist). For two years, Rodric completed an intensive course of private study with leading Sydney Pianist and Jazz Educator, Bobby Gebert. Rodric has served as pianist and music director for International vocalists Nicki Parrott (USA), Patricia Ségui (France), Juliana Areias (Brazil), Marilane De Mello (Brazil), Rachel Delgado (Chile) and 2015 finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition (USA) / winner Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship Liam Burrows, and performed with leading Australian musicians such as Emma Pask, Virna Sanzone, Simone Waddell, Dale Barlow, Ralph Pyl, Phil Slater, Jason Morphett, Danny Carmichael, John Morrison, Andrew Dickeson, Toby Hall, Brett Hirst, Jonathan Zwartz, Ashley Turner & Andy Firth

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Charles Wilkinson

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Miss French

Of European decent, Miss French was born in New Zealand to a musical family who fortunately decided to quit the rat race and move to Laingholm, a place with beaches, bush and lots of space in the Waitakere ranges. Here she would immerse herself in the magical world of native New Zealand bush, a world of day dreams and adventures. Her father, a jazz enthusiast, was not only a player of many instruments including trumpet and double bass, but he built instruments. Performing with the family at 10 years of age and later in Auckland bands, influenced by Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Billy Holiday and Joan Armatrading, she began writing songs from her own unique perspective

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Frances Madden

A 'rising star of jazz and blues' . . . and described by ABC Jazz’s Mal Stanley as a talented young vocalist and pianist and ‘one to watch’, Frances is one of the classiest young entertainers and songwriters Australia has produced in recent times. Frances’ live shows feature her own original tunes – irresistible swing, beautiful ballads and smokey blues – along with her distinctive take on timeless classics. Frances performs around Australia at leading jazz clubs, festivals and events. Her eight-piece band features some of the country's most talented jazz musicians. Frances has supported leading international artists visiting Australia including the legendary Dionne Warwick and Grammy Award winner Gregory Porter


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