The Artemis Project

The Artemis Project

Led by WAYJO Young Women in Jazz Program Leader Gemma Farrell, the Artemis Orchestra provides a new platform for Perth’s leading female jazz artists.

Joining the Artemis Orchestra will be a hand-picked selection of WAYJO’s finest young female musicians as we look forward to the future of jazz in Perth.

The music of Australia’s great female composers and arrangers will envelop audiences and send them into the night with a new sense of wonder at the talent and dedication waiting to take centre stage.


The Artemis Project 2019

WAYJO's Young Women in Jazz Program Leader Gemma Farrell presents the Artemis Project - a new platform for Perth’s leading female jazz artists.

Showcasing music by Australia’s great female composers and arrangers, the Artemis Orchestra, joined by some of WA Youth Jazz Orchestra's emerging female performers, will open your ears to fresh new sounds.

We briefly spoke to Gemma ahead of the upcoming show, Saturday 19 October, at the Ellington Jazz Club in Perth.

Why/when did you start Artemis Orchestra?
I formed the Artemis Orchestra in 2017. I was preparing for that year's Young Women in Jazz workshops with Kate Pass, Talya Valenti and Alana Macpherson, three phenomenally talented jazz musicians and composers. I was reflecting on the work we do for the workshops, how much I enjoy working with these women, and how there is not enough opportunity to showcase the music of the incredible female jazz musicians we have in Perth. It was also the height of the #metoo era, so I wanted to create a safe space for women to make music together, and for their work as performing musicians and composers to be celebrated. I also think a lot about my own students when I put projects together. Normally, when you go out to see a big band in Perth, you see a band full of straight, white, able bodied men, and maybe a few women. I wanted to create a more diverse band so that all of my students could look at the band and think "yeah, I could do that one day." Most Perth boys have that already, but unfortunately I think with the way things are at the moment, a young girl is likely to look at your average Perth big band and think "wow, it's really hard to be a women in jazz." It's not that we don't have the talent either, as you will see from our gig, but it's just that no one else is shining a light on it.

Why did you call the ensemble Artemis?
I was uncomfortable with the idea of having the word "women" in the title, because we're not exclusive. As much as the project does showcase the work of Australian women, we don't have anywhere near as many women as men in the Perth jazz scene, so if we need the help of men I want them to feel welcome (in this concert we have two lovely men joining us). I would also warmly welcome any transgender or non-binary band members. I wanted to go for a Greek name to salute our Sydney friends, the Sirens big band, who did this a long time before we did. Eventually I read about Artemis, the goddess of hunting, wild animals, childbirth and protector of young women. The last part in particular seemed very apt, and I also liked the fact that there was the word "Art" in there as well.

Who's performing?
The band for the Saturday concert is made up of women who are professionals playing in the Artemis Orchestra, women who play with Artemis regularly but are also members of WAYJO, and WAYJO members. In putting the band together, I offered the opportunity to all the female members of WAYJO. When I found out how many were available, I looked at the gaps we had and hired members of Artemis to fill those gaps. We had two more gaps after that, there were no female drummers in WAYJO and Artemis' regular drummer was unavailable. We also needed another trombonist, and so to fill those gaps, we have the amazing Julius Rogers and Alex Parkinson from WAYJO's WNO joining us.

The full band is:
Vocals - Laura Igglesden and Lucy Iffla (Artemis and WAYJO)
Alto 1 - Tessa Campbell (Artemis and WAYJO)
Alto 2 - Shaniqa Ratnasigam and Holly Forster (WAYJO)
Tenor 1 - Claire Keet (Artemis and WAYJO)
Tenor 2 - Dee More (WAYJO)
Baritone - Jemima Mills (Artemis and WAYJO)
Trombone 1 - Alex Parkinson (WAYJO)
Trombone 2 - Holli Hatherley (Artemis and WAYJO)
Trombone 3 - Halle Mitchell (WAYJO)
Bass Trombone - Yvonne Gygli-Howell (Artemis)
Trumpet 1 - Charlie Teakle (Artemis and WAYJO)
Trumpet 2 - Jess Fiocco (Artemis)
Trumpet 3 - Jenny Bylund (WAYJO)
Trumpet 4 - Julia Wallace (Artemis and WAYJO)
Guitar - Candice Susnjar (Artemis)
Piano - Kirsten Symczycz (Artemis)
Bass - Kate Pass (Artemis)
Drums - Julius Rogers (WAYJO)
Percussion - Imogen Thompson (Artemis)

What might audience members most enjoy about this show?
We are performing some incredible compositions which they will likely have never heard before, some composed by members of the band including Candice Susnjar and Kate Pass. Everyone who wants to have a go at soloing is soloing. It's a going to be a real showcase of home grown talent. There a lots of powerful numbers, some Latin charts (my personal favourite thing is whenever Imogen whips out her triangle), it's two sets of bangers.

I'm so grateful to WAYJO for agreeing to do this once a year and I hope to see as many people there supporting this initiative as possible.


Late Jazz at The Maj: Prints

Music generated by Meg Davidson: the sound result of our latest adventures, and some revisitation of strong inspirations up until this juncture. Quintet format, small-chamber-jazz-but-it-shan’t-be-the-alienating-tiresome-type.

Quite heavily inspired by recent travels and the resulting musical discoveries. If that’s too vague a description for you, come through and let your ears enlighten your auditory cortex of those discoveries disguised in musical abstractions... You may detect influences of: Maria Schneider, Esperanza Spalding, Nubya Garcia... One may also detect tinges of technological-frustrations and the results of suffocating in a sea of vacuous mass media.

Who can rule out the possibility that this may be your last chance of hearing honest live music before this AGI apocalypse hits? Wouldn’t want to find out you missed out too late, and spend those future VR-trapped years regretting that seemingly inconsequential decision not to…

Prints are:
Meg Davidson - Saxophone
Julia Wallace - Trumpet
Will Britto - Keys
Kieran Barnes - Bass
Liam Hickey - Drums

Entry is FREE with tickets to the Saturday evening Jazz at The Maj: Everybody Needs Somebody to Love show, or $10 for just this Late show.


Jazz for Juniors

Jazz for Juniors returns for 2019!

Concerts for the little ones that you can’t get enough of. At sell out after sell out performance, Jazz for Juniors has been providing fun filled concerts for under 7 year olds, introducing them to the concepts of jazz music and the instruments our musicians play.

Best of all, after each concert, everyone gets the chance to try out some of our instruments built for small hands.

Jazz for Juniors runs first Tue & Wed of the school holidays - be sure to book soon for this popular event!

Apr 16-17 | Meet the Jazz Orchestra
Jul 9-10 | A Journey Through Jazz
Oct 1-2 | Dizzy Disney
9.30am & 11.00am sessions
Downstairs at The Maj - His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth

Tickets only from Perth Theatre Trust
$12.50 Adults and children
Free - Under 1 year of age if sitting on a parents lap (Babes in arms policy)

* If you have a child in daycare or primary school, we can now offer shows at these venues too! Let them know private show bookings can be made by emailing admin@wayjo.com

 

 


Jazz for Juniors

Jazz for Juniors returns for 2019!

Concerts for the little ones that you can’t get enough of. At sell out after sell out performance, Jazz for Juniors has been providing fun filled concerts for under 7 year olds, introducing them to the concepts of jazz music and the instruments our musicians play.

Best of all, after each concert, everyone gets the chance to try out some of our instruments built for small hands.

Jazz for Juniors runs first Tue & Wed of the school holidays - be sure to book soon for this popular event!

Apr 16-17 | Meet the Jazz Orchestra
Jul 9-10 | A Journey Through Jazz
Oct 1-2 | Dizzy Disney
9.30am & 11.00am sessions
Downstairs at The Maj - His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth

Tickets only from Perth Theatre Trust
$12.50 Adults and children
Free - Under 1 year of age if sitting on a parents lap (Babes in arms policy)

* If you have a child in daycare or primary school, we can now offer shows at these venues too! Let them know private show bookings can be made by emailing admin@wayjo.com

 

 


SHOWAYJO: A Cross-Cultural Jazz Exploration

SHOWAYJO is a special collaboration between musicians from the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) in Perth, Western Australia and exchange partners from the Showa University of Music in Kawasaki, Japan. The two groups will come together to form a cross cultural big band playing classic big band repertoire as well as premiering a special new composition created by all the band members. WAYJO's Ricki Malet (trumpet) and Showa University's Masa Ikeda (trombone) will also share the stage with these young musicians.

Presented by WAYJO, and proudly supported by North West Shelf Gas over the past 5 years, this Cultural Exchange Through Music project joins talented performers across the hemispheres in a way the transcends linguistic boundaries.

You can preview a little of last year's collaboration HERE.

The latest 10-track SHOWAYJO collaboration CD is free on entry (while stocks last).

Enjoy this special night of live, cross-cultural jazz exploration - for one night only!

SHOWAYJO: A Cross-Cultural Jazz Exploration
Sat 21 Sep, 7.00pm
The Ellington Jazz Club, Northbridge
Tickets from ellingtonjazz.com.au


WAYJO Welcomes Japanese Exchange Musicians

SHOWAYJO is a special collaboration between musicians from the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) in Perth, Western Australia and exchange partners from the Showa University of Music in Kawasaki, Japan.

These two groups come together to form a cross cultural big band playing classic big band repertoire as well as premiering a special new composition created by all the band members. WAYJO’s Ricki Malet (trumpet) and Showa University’s Masa Ikeda (trombone) will also share the stage with these young musicians.

Presented by WAYJO, and proudly supported by North West Shelf Gas over the past 5 years, this Cultural Exchange Through Music project joins talented performers across the hemispheres in a way the transcends linguistic boundaries.

The latest 10-track SHOWAYJO collaboration CD is FREE on entry (while stocks last). Preview a little of last year’s collaboration online HERE.

Enjoy this special night of live, cross-cultural jazz exploration, at one of Perth's finest jazz venues – for one night only!

SHOWAYJO: A Cross-Cultural Jazz Exploration
Sat 21 Sep, 7.00pm
The Ellington Jazz Club, Northbridge
Tickets from ellingtonjazz.com.au

                   


Late Jazz at The Maj: The Common Nouns

‘The Common Nouns’ play a combination of jazz standards, funk & fusion classics and a collection of their own groove based original compositions. This contemporary jazz quartet cite as their influences Miles Davis, Vulfpeck and Snarky Puppy, so you know this late jazz set will be eclectic.

The Common Nouns will feature the following line up;
Felix Lemann - Drums
Harry Walters - Guitar
Jacob Greenmount - Keys
Ashan Weerasooriya - Vocals
Rhyan Lyndon-James - Bass

Entry is FREE with tickets to the Saturday evening Jazz at The Maj: The Afro Cuban Explosion show, or $10 for just this Late show.


Late Jazz at The Maj: Axlotl

Hailing from the Perth Hills, Axolotl is all about having a good time. With groovy influences from Roy Hargrove and Herbie Hancock, and some tasteful sounds from Bill Evans and Duke Ellington, the group blends their inspirations to deliver sounds that pushes this ensemble’s dynamic to its limits.

Matt Knight, Finn Owen, Darcy Maishman, Tim Bewick, and Ben Shelley put their current WAAPA tuition on show through a collation of swing, fusion, and blues. With 5 years of playing together, the group brings their absolute best to the stage and pushes their dynamic to its limits.

Entry is FREE with tickets to the Saturday evening Jazz at The Maj: Central Park North New York - Dick Oatts (USA) show, or $10 for just this Late show.


Jazz for Juniors

Jazz for Juniors returns for 2019!

Concerts for the little ones that you can’t get enough of. At sell out after sell out performance, Jazz for Juniors has been providing fun filled concerts for under 7 year olds, introducing them to the concepts of jazz music and the instruments our musicians play.

Best of all, after each concert, everyone gets the chance to try out some of our instruments built for small hands.

Jazz for Juniors runs first Tue & Wed of the school holidays - be sure to book soon for this popular event!

Apr 16-17 | Meet the Jazz Orchestra
Jul 9-10 | A Journey Through Jazz
Oct 1-2 | Dizzy Disney
9.30am & 11.00am sessions
Downstairs at The Maj - His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth

Tickets only from Perth Theatre Trust
$12.50 Adults and children
Free - Under 1 year of age if sitting on a parents lap (Babes in arms policy)

* If you have a child in daycare or primary school, we can now offer shows at these venues too! Let them know private show bookings can be made by emailing admin@wayjo.com