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Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival Presents: Pharos feat. the music of Sandy Evans


Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival Presents: Pharos feat. the music of Sandy Evans

6:00pm, Sat 7 November, 2020
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Event Details

2 Shows (Doors 6pm & 9pm) // Seated // Social Distancing Restrictions Apply

Pharos plays the music of Sandy Evans

Pharos is a ten-member powerhouse big band formed in 2016, and led by bassist Hannah James. 

Featuring a six-piece horn section, this unique and electrifying collective merge the best of the big band with the flexibility, creativity and genre-bending exploration expected in any modern ensemble. 

What’s more, every single member of the band is a talented female jazz musician, which makes Pharos the perfect centrepiece to our 2020 festival program. 

In the short life span of the group, Pharos has worked with an incredible list of incredible local and international artists like Lakecia Benjamin (USA), Helen Sung (USA), Ingrid and Christine Jensen (USA/Canada) and Silke Eberhardt (Ger). Pharos have also premiered and performed the work of fabulous composers, both Australian and international, like Andrea Keller, Silke Elberhardt (Ger), Jenna Cave, Ellen Kirkwood, Freya Garbett, Harri Harding, Paul Cutlan and Cheryl Durongpitsikul.

In 2020, the festival Artist-In-Residence is esteemed multi award-winning saxophonist and composer, Dr Sandy Evans. In a world premiere, Pharos will perform a new work commissioned especially for the festival, before performing exclusive repertoire composed and arranged by Sandy.  

Come feel the energy that only a big band can inspire! 

Hannah James (bass) Louise Horwood (trumpet) Ellen Kirkwood (trumpet), Alex Silver (trombone)  Loretta Palmeiro (alto/sop/clarinet), Laura Corney (tenor), Kali Gillen (baritone) Hilary Geddes (guitar), Zela Margossian (piano) Ali Foster (drums).

Show One: Doors: 6pm / Support Slot: 6.30pm-7.00pm, Headliner: 7:30 – 8:30pm 

Show Two: Doors: 9pm / Support Slot: 9.30pm-10.00pm, Headliner: 10:30 – 11:30pm

Please note: Seating at Mary’s Underground is UNRESERVED. Groups intending to sit together are encouraged to arrive together. 


 This is an 18+ event. 

Do not attend if you are feeling unwell.

Shows will be seated and limited to 60 per sitting, patrons will be seated to allow for social distancing.

Please adhere to social distancing at all times and follow direction from venue staff.

The venue will be taking a number of precautionary measures to ensure patron safety, including:
- Hand sanitiser dispensers
- Signage and social distancing markers throughout the venue
- Regular sanitising of the venue and facilities

Photo ID is essential, acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence, State Approved ‘Proof of Age’ card or Passport.