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Jazz it up at WAAPA with Grand Designs

Friday, 30 April 2021


With audience numbers reset to 100% capacity, WAAPA welcomes music lovers back to the Geoff Gibbs Theatre for an outstanding evening of freshly minted jazz works composed by some of Australia’s hottest jazz musicians.

Generously supported by the Minderoo Foundation, WAAPA commissioned eleven of its alumni to compose original music for Grand Designs: Jazz and the World, performed by WAAPA’s current jazz students on Thursday, 6 May and Saturday, 8 May in the Geoff Gibbs Theatre.

A stellar line-up of WAAPA jazz graduates, including two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist Troy Roberts and Aria Award winning vocalist Sarah McKenzie, were asked to compose a musical response to the question: How would you change the world?

“WAAPA has produced a myriad of innovative, world-class jazz composers and arrangers whose music is performed around the world,” says musical director Tom O’Halloran, himself a WAAPA graduate and now its Jazz Coordinator.

“In this COVID-19 world, being able to connect with our graduates to create this unique concert event has been a real joy. Their massive musical ideas will be performed by WAAPA’s jazz ensembles, including a combined big band and vocal choir. It’s going to be a really fabulous, entertaining and all-round-incredible evening of jazz!”

Get ready to be wowed by brand new music composed by these star WAAPA graduates:

From Europe to New York, Melbourne to Perth, Grand Designs: Jazz and the World brings the musical talent of some of WAAPA’s finest jazz alumni back to the place where it all started.

For all venue and performance details, please visit the Grand Designs: Jazz and the World performance web page.


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