Sandy Evans is an internationally renowned saxophonist and composer with a passion for improvisation and new music. In 2014 she was graduated with a PhD from Macquarie university and received a Churchill Fellowship to continue her research in India.
She leads the Sandy Evans Trio and Sextet, and co-leads the internationally acclaimed Clarion Fracture Zone. She is a member of MARA!, The catholics, the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO), Ten Part Invention, austraLYSIS, Kim Sanders and Friends and SNAP. In 2004, together with composer Tony Gorman she launched the critically acclaimed 8 piece ensemble GEST8. Sandy’s suite When The Sky Cries Rainbows, recorded for ABC Jazztrack won the AIR Award for Best Independent Jazz CD in 2011.
Sandy has a keen interest in Indian classical music. She collaborates regularly with Sydney-based Indian musicians Sarangan Sriranganathan and Bobby Singh. Her CD Cosmic Waves featuring South Indian mridangam virtuoso Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani and Sruthi Laya is released in India on Underscore Records. Sandy recently competed a PhD at Macquarie University, researching Carnatic Jazz Intercultural music. Sandy performed with the AAO Two Oceans ensemble in India for the HinduFest 2012. Sandy is a member of Ben Walsh’s Orchestra of the Underground and performed in his original score for the Bollywood classic “Fearless Nadia’ in 2012. In 2011 Sandy performed in Sydney and Melbourne with Padmashree Hariharan in the concert ‘Sruthi’. Sandy is a member of Chris Fields’ ensemble Atma Blu.
Sandy is an experienced teacher and inaugurated a Jazz Improvisation Course for Young Women run annually by SIMA. She was the director of this course until 2010. Sandy is the founding director of the UNSW Jazz Orchestra. She is currently a casual teacher at UNSW and in the Composition and Jazz departments at the Sydney Conservatorium.