Debut release from Sydney's 17-piece Sirens Big Band.
Sirens Big Band is committed to the commissioning, presenting and recording of works by Australian composers. Their debut album, Kali and the Time of Change – released in December 2012 – includes music by leading Sydney jazz musician Sandy Evans (Order of Australia Medal), local composers Jenna Cave, Paul Murchison and Nadia Burgess, and current band members Ellen Kirkwood, Harriet Harding and Ruth Wells.
The album was workshopped and developed at the beautiful Bundanon Trust as part of the prestigious Bundanon Trust residency program in mid-2012 and recorded not long after at ABC studios Sydney. The music on this album mixes a fresh Australian sensibility with elements of musical styles from around the globe, including South Indian music inspired by the Goddess Kali (Evans), Malian grooves (Cave), Balkan melodies (Kirkwood) and Ethiopian folk music (Wells).
"The Sirens are..all-funky and all-embracing in their influences... It is a combination you won't get anywhere else and they are one of Sydney's - if not Australia's - treasures" John Hardaker - AustralianJazz.net
"This jazz ensemble... can roar as one like an Ethiopian lion or fly like a bullet train, and yet also bristles with world-class soloists who are given free rein to blow and blow and blow." OrangePress.net
"Sirens...live up to their fully deserved hype. Energy, emotion, and subtlety are all precisely balanced to craft an album that appeals to the jazz head with a sense of adventure." Eastside Radio 89.7FM