Artistic Director's Message

Dr Mace Francis,
WAYJO Artistic Director & WNO Musical Director

Our 2018 program will celebrate the 35th anniversary year of WAYJO and showcase the very best music from many genres, art forms and eras of jazz.

To really celebrate this milestone we are proud to present King Street Corner Pocket, a four day fringe jazz festival featuring local musicians and alumni, showcasing the depth and breadth of jazz talent we have in this city.

For the last four years, we have run a series of Young Women in Jazz workshops, designed to inspire confidence in female musicians as they begin their journeys to a life in music.

In 2018, we are delighted to take another step forwards in promoting equality in jazz. Our Jazz at The Maj program, a sell-out hit in 2017, returns with an expanded program largely dedicated to Women in Jazz, highlighting amazing female instrumentalists, vocalists and composers from Australia and around the world – first Friday and Saturday of the month throughout the year.

Other highlights from this year’s wonderfully varied program include the creation of a new theatre work with Helpmann Award winning actor and performer iOTA, welcoming Australian icon Kate Ceberano at the beautiful Astor Theatre, two regional tours, and the remounting of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker at the stunning Quarry Amphitheatre.

As well as a full performance program continuing to honour the big band greats and showcasing some of Australia’s nest emerging big band composers, WAYJO produces a series of workshops which nurture and encourage young school aged musicians in regional and metro areas, encourage young women to participate more in the music scene, and provide opportunities for young musicians to improve in their composition and improvisational skills.

With this and so much more on offer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Thank you for helping to support these talented and hard-working musicians. I look forward to seeing you at a concert soon!