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2014 Young Womens Jazz Workshops

After expanding their operation to Perth in 2014, the Young Women's Jazz Workshops return to SIMA in Sydney for another season.

The YWJW started in 2002, initiated by the Sydney Improvised Music Association and Saxophonist Sandy Evans.  The aim of the workshops was to increase and showcase the skills jazz students in a female context.

"Sadly, women are still very under-represented in jazz, professionally and in tertiary courses. This course provides a supportive environment for aspiring female jazz musicians to explore their creativity and develop their skills in this exciting and challenging musical genre".

The YWJW have helped with the influx of female students being accepted to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music - up 20 percent since 2005.  Female tutors presenting the workshops include Alex Silver, Elana Stone, Monique Lysiac and Hannah James.

The workshops have already been held in Perth in 2014, working with the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra, and run in Sydney from July 19, with the end of series concert held at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on September 17, 2014.  In Sydney, SIMA teams up with the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy to deliver this 8 week program.

For more information head to www.sima.org.au or contact Amy Curl on (02) 9036 6292.

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Elana Stone is a vocalist, songwriter, pianist, accordion player, and band leader based in Sydney, Australia. Described by John Bailey from Sunday Age as 'One of the most impressive singing voices in the country', her album In the Garden of Wild Things was released in 2006 on the Jazzgroove label. Her album, Your Anniversary, was released in 2009. Early life and education: Stone studied music...

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