Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Blog, Gigs, News |

With special guest Mohammed Youssef on oud

Following on from their successful sold-out show last year, Sydney’s 17-piece Sirens Big Band reunite with oud virtuoso, Mohamed Youssef, to present new music for big band and Arabic oud.

Egyptian born, Arabic oud virtuoso, Mohamed Youssef trained as a classical pianist from a young age, migrating to Australia in 1990 where he studied jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Attached to the richness of the Egyptian culture and the traditional Arabic music, Youssef has developed a strong passion for the oud and has been performing and teaching for over 15 years.

Known for their exciting and engaging live shows, Sirens melds jazz with Middle Eastern, Latin and African grooves, creating original big band music from composers within and outside the band. Led by bassist Jessica Dunn, the ensemble also features Ellen Kirkwood (JRMA winner, Mister Ott, Captain Kirkwood, Fat Yahoozah), Loretta Palmeiro (Spyglass Gypsies) and Lauren Benson (That Red Head, Drummer Queens).

Sirens have performed at many major festival across Australia including Parramasala, Sydney Festival (2011, 2012), Brisbane Festival, Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival with Jeff Duff, and SIMA International Women’s Jazz Festival with US saxophonist, Claire Daly.

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Saxophones - Loretta Palmeiro (lead), Rebecca Grubb, Ruth Wells, Harrison Harding, Philippa Murphy-Haste

Trombones - Rose Foster (lead), Emma Riley (trombone/congas), Rosie Woods, Rosie Marks-Smith (bass bone)

Trumpets - Claire Hollander (lead), Ellen Kirkwood, Lisa Gori, Heather Prowse

Rhythm Section - Jessica Dunn (bass), Emma-Grace Stephenson (piano), Sorcha Albuquerque (guitar), Lauren Benson (drums/vocals)

Special Guest - Mohamed Youssef (oud)

Our gig poster for this event was illustrated and designed by Monica Higgins from Green Peas for Breakfast.