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Sandy Evans wins AIR Award

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Oct 13, 2011 Updated Dec 8, 2011

Congratulations to Sandy Evans, whose album 'When the Sky Cries Rainbows', has picked up the 2011 AIR Award for Best Independent Jazz Album.

The album features a 60 minute suite, composed by Sandy, as a response to her husband, Tony Gorman's journey with Multiple Sclerosis.

It features Sandy's trio (Sandy Evans, Brett Hirst and Toby Hall), with special guests (Phil Slater, James Greening, Alister Spence and Hamish Stewart).

The recording was originally recorded for Jazztrack in a co-pro with ABC Jazz... Hear an interview with Sandy about the recording here

When The Sky Cries Rainbows will be performed at the 2011 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.  More program info here.

Finalists in the 2011 Independent Music Awards

Allan Browne, Marc Hannaford, Sam Anning: Shreveport Stomp
Daniel Gassin Sextet: Daniel Gassin Sextet
Elixir featuring Katie Noonan: First Seed Ripening
Mark Isaacs Resurgence Band:  Aurora
Sandy Evans: When The Sky Cries Rainbows
Shannan Barnett Quartet: Country

The 2011 Independent Music Awards were held in Melbourne on October 12.
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Sandy Evans is an award-winning Australian jazz composer, saxophonist, and teacher active from 1982. In the 1980s Evans played in the group Women and Children First. Later she was a member of the Sydney band Ten Part Invention. Evans composed the music for the 1999 radio drama Testimony: The Legend of Charlie Parker, which showcased the poetry of Yusef Komunyakaa, and was broadcast on ABC's...

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