WAYJO Swings - WAAPA Sings!

This huge event sees all three WAYJO bands team up with the WAAPA vocal program to present a show only the Quarry Amphitheatre can handle!

Experience the magic of WAYJO’s big band, coupled with the vocal power of the WAAPA Jazz Choir and WAAPA Gospel Choir, in a spectacular night of jazz and soul not to be missed.

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The Modern Masters

Did you know that big band music has continued to evolve and push boundaries from the Golden Age of Swing?

Composers such as Bill Holman, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and Maria Schneider have used big band instrumentation to create some of the most creative and exciting jazz in recent decades.

The Wednesday Night Orchestra will be joined by Perth’s very own modern master on tenor saxophone, Dr Jamie Oehlers (WAYJO member 1987-93).

Jamie appears thanks to WAYJO’s 2021 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation.

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Kate Pass: Kohesia & the Far East Suite

Kate Pass has forged a musical style and genre unto itself.

Blending jazz and Persian musical influences, Kate has been able to create something new, refreshing and very exciting.
WAYJO are proud to have commissioned Kate (WAYJO member 2009/10 & 2014), and now work to expand those ideas for the WNO.

We welcome Kate and Kohesia, a unique ensemble drawing upon aspects of the Persian Dastgah system and elements of the Jazz tradition.

Enjoy this very special cross-cultural collaboration in one night not to be missed.

Kate and the Kohesia Ensemble appear thanks to WAYJO’s 2021 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation

#wayjo2021 #rechabitejazz #katepasskohesia

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Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble

Let WAYJO Take You on a Sonic Persian Carpet Ride in July

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) hits The Rechabite Hall, Saturday 10th July, with exciting newly commissioned works featuring special guests Kate Pass & the Kohesia Ensemble.

Blending jazz & Persian musical influences, Kate Pass has created something new, refreshing & very exciting. Kohesia Ensemble bring elements of the Persian Dastgah musical system in a special night of cross-cultural collaboration & freshly commissioned work simply not to be missed.

Kate Pass – Kohesia & the Far East Suite will explore non-western time structures and microtonal melodies, combining the sounds of Persian flute (ney), percussion (daf), lute (saz) and oud with 18-piece jazz orchestra for a truly unique experience.

WAYJO are proud to have commissioned Kate (WAYJO member 2009/10 & 2014), to now expand her ideas for big band with the Wednesday Night Orchestra (WNO).

I’m really excited to collaborate with Wednesday Night orchestra on this project” says Kate. “Being an alumni WAYJO band member myself, it’s truly an honour to be commissioned to write for the band.

The program will feature several members of Kohesia Ensemble, including Esfandiar Shahmir on ney, Reza Mirzaei on saz, and Mike Zolker on oud.

I think this is the first time this combination of instruments has been joined by a big band, so it’s an incredible opportunity to create something new and unique. It’s also an opportunity for the members of Kohesia ensemble and myself to explore a different tonal palette.

The instruments of Wednesday Night Orchestra provide a wonderful variety of colours and textures, that allow us to re-imagine the Kohesia Ensemble sound, and expand upon our ideas in a way we haven’t done before.”

Tickets for this show are on sale through Humanitix, a registered charity offering 100% of profits from booking fees towards education programs for Young Girls, and scholarships for Indigenous Australians… yet another great reason to see this show.

Kate and the Kohesia Ensemble appear thanks to WAYJO’s 2021 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation.

WAYJO presents Kate Pass: Kohesia & the Far East Suite
Sat 10 Jul, 7.30pm
WAYJO WNO, with special guests Kate Pass and the Kohesia Ensemble
The Rechabite, Northbridge | Tickets wayjo.com

Hashtags: #WAYJO2021 #RechabiteJazz #KatePassKohesia

Media Contact:
Justine Thornley
WAYJO Marketing
marketing@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950

Photo of Kohesia Enemble by Josh Wells

Kate Pass Kohesia & the Far East Suite

Basie & Beyond

Let WAYJO take you on a bold jazz journey from Basie and into the big band beyond…

Enjoy classic big band repertoire, artfully paired with reinvented contemporary jazz standards, plus the premiere of exciting commissions by Downbeat award-winning composer and arranger Alana Macpherson (WAYJO member 2010, 2012-17) on her recent return from Austria.

Alana’s music is inspired by the composer’s reflections on Australia, composed during several lockdowns in Europe throughout 2020.

There’s something for all contemporary and jazz music fans in this bold big band program that’s simply not to be missed!

Alana appears thanks to WAYJO’s 2021 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation.

#wayjo2021 #jazzatthemaj #basieandbeyond

 

 


Tickets to our popular 1-hour Act-Belong-Commit Jazz at The Maj for Schools concert-workshops are just $15 (+bf) per student or teacher/parent (receive 1 complimentary ticket per 9 purchased).
To book school shows, please phone Perth Theatre Trust group bookings on 6212 9291, or email groups@ptt.wa.gov.au

Friday 11 June, 3.00pm: Basie and Beyond, A Journey into Jazz
Friday 6 August, 3.00pm: The Golden Age of Swing

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Classic, Contemporary & Commissioned Jazz in June

WAYJO are back with Jazz at The Maj, presenting Basie & Beyond – A Journey Through Jazz Downstairs at The Maj 11-12 June.

Let WAYJO take you on a bold jazz journey from Basie and into the big band beyond! Enjoy classic jazz repertoire, artfully paired with reinvented contemporary standards, presented by the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra (MNO). The second half features the Wednesday Night Orchestra (WNO) premiering exciting new works by WAYJO alumni Alana Macpherson, commissioned by the Minderoo Foundation.

WNO bring to life a set of all new music by the Downbeat award-winning composer and arranger. The music, inspired by the composer’s reflections on Australia, was composed during several lockdowns in Europe throughout 2020. This is a unique opportunity to see Alana Macpherson in action shaping the music that was composed specifically for the orchestra.

Alana is a Perth born is a saxophonist and composer currently based in Graz, Austria. Following the 2019 release of her debut album “All or Nothing At All”, Macpherson won the Downbeat Student Music Award for Large Ensemble Arrangement, as well as the 2018 WAM awards for “Best Brass/Woodwind/Strings Instrumentalist” and “Best Live Jazz Act”. She has toured with Emil Spanyi (Hungary), performed with the Vine Street Horns (Phil Collins), KUG Jazz Orchestra, Graz Composer’s Orchestra, James Morrison Big Band, and the Evan Sherman Big Band, among others. Macpherson has performed her works at the Perth International Jazz Festival, King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival, and Jazzwerkstatt Festival (Austria).

There’s something for all contemporary and jazz music fans in this bold big band program simply not to be missed.

Tickets to all Jazz at The Maj shows, including the The Golden Age of Swing in August, are available from ptt.wa.gov.au/wayjo

Alana appears thanks to WAYJO’s 2021 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation.

What people are saying about Alana’s Music;
“Alana is not only is an excellent saxophone player, but she is finding her own unique voice as a composer, arranger and band-leader. She’s a fan of Bob Brookmeyer’s music and you can hear a clear continuation of his concepts in her writing.” – Ed Partyka 2019

Hashtags: #WAYJO2021 #JazzAtTheMaj #BasieAndBeyond


Students and teachers may also enjoy a special 1-hour school concert-workshop Friday 11 June, 3.00pm. School workshops are great value at just $15 (+bf) per student or teacher/parent – plus you receive 1 complimentary ticket per 9 purchased. School bookings can only be made by calling Perth Theatre Trust group bookings on 6212 9291, or email groups@ptt.wa.gov.au


Media Contact:
Justine Thornley
WAYJO Marketing
marketing@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950

Photos by Simon Reithofer, Reithofer Media


WAYJO @ Jazz Freo

The WAYJO Tuesday & Wednesday Night Orchestras are heading to Jazz Freo!

Enjoy a program of big band music that journeys through from the historic music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald through to modern day Australian big band composers such as Alana Macpherson, Ross Irwin and Mace Francis.

Both the WAYJO bands will feature the incredibly talented emerging vocals of Lucy Iffla (Wednesday Night Orchestra) and Jordan Boase (Tuesday Night Orchestra).

Sun 18 Apr, 3pm (Doors 2:30pm)
Navy Club premises - level 2, 64 High Street, Fremantle
Tickets only from jazzfremantle.com.au


Lyric Lane Block Party

WAYJO is having a Block Party to open our 2021 Program!

The Lyric Lane precinct will block off traffic while all three WAYJO bands perform a free event nestled in the heart of the Maylands.

Make sure you get there early to secure a seat, grab our season brochure, and be first to witness WAYJO’s 2021 line-ups!

Lyric Lane Block Party
Sat 27 March, 4.00pm
Lyric Lane, Maylands
Free Community Event - licenced venue (18+ or guardian required) - restricted numbers, so please be early!

4-4.45pm - MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra
5-5.45pm - Tuesday Night Orchestra
6-6.45pm - Wednesday Night Orchestra

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Jump into Jazz at the 2021 WAYJO Season Launch

Since 1983, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) has been at the forefront of Australia’s emerging jazz performers, conductors and composers. The 2021 season offering is no exception, bringing together traditional and contemporary jazz to familiar venues Downstairs at The Maj and The Quarry Amphitheatre, and introducing new vibes at The Rechabite and Lyric’s Lane.

This bold program showcases the MinterEllison Monday, plus Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras, demonstrating the versatile possibilities of the big band format. It is a season with something for everyone, spanning traditional repertoire at The Golden Age of Swing in August, through to an upbeat dancing selection at A Latin Explosion in September.

WAYJO are also proud to present commissioned work by alumni Kate Pass in a world music collaboration with Kate Pass and the Kohesia Ensemble, presenting a Persian spin on big band music in July.

Freshly commissioned big band and jazz ensemble works also spring to life at The Modern Masters show in October, with internationally renowned saxophonist, and Associate Dean of Music at WAAPA, Dr Jamie Oehlers.

The season closes in November at The Quarry Amphitheatre in an awe-inspiring collaboration with the WAAPA Jazz and Gospel Choirs.

2021 promises tight knit ensemble work in a bold season of shows from March to November. Tickets will be on sale to the public from 10.00am, Monday 29 March.

WAYJO invites you to Jump in to Jazz in a season launch at the Lyric Lane Block Party, Saturday 27 March from 4.00pm. Get there early to secure a spot, grab a season brochure, and be among the first to witness the 2021 line-ups. This is a Free Community Event at a licensed venue; 18+ with ID or minors to be accompanied by guardians.

For more information, please visit wayjo.com

Hashtags: #WAYJO2021 #WAYJOBlockParty

Contacts

Justine ThornleyWAYJO Marketing
marketing@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950

Mace FrancisWAYJO Artistic Director
mace.francis@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950

 

WAYJO thanks continuing Government Partner, the Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest, Principal Partner North West Shelf Gas, Major Programs Partner Minderoo Foundation, Monday Night Orchestra Naming Rights Partner MinterEllison, St John of God Healthcare and Healthway Act-Belong-Commit.

 


A Summer Wonderland

Let WAYJO take you into a Summer Wonderland, as we Deck the Rechabite Hall in the sounds of a swinging jazzmas.

This not so Silent Night will bring you Duke Ellington’s version of the Nutcracker and some brandy infused Christmas carols.

Join the WAYJO Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras in a fun ending to this crazy year. Come party with WAYJO-HO-HO!

Consider booking your end of year function on this night – email functions@therechabite.com.au for details!

 

WAYJO presents A Summer Wonderland
with the Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras
Sat 12 Dec, 7.30pm
The Rechabite (Main Hall), Northbridge
Limited tickets only through Moshtix

$27.49 Adult
$22.39 Student/Concession

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