Here and Now: The Far East Suite
Stonnington Jazz Festival 2018
‘The word jazz means freedom of expression’ – Duke Ellington
Inventive and enduring, Duke Ellington was one of the most important composers, bandleaders and pianists in the history of popular music. The Far East Suite – his 1967 Grammy Award winning release – was his musical response to his tour through Syria, Jordan, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey and Japan – with his arrangements describing the awe, exhilaration and enchantment the band felt from this life-changing experience.
Taking inspiration from Ellington’s ambitious project, Steve Sedergreen has embarked on a quest to rework The Far East Suite for Stonnington Jazz. Sedergreen sets Ellington’s work in 2018, uniting over 18 musicians to recreate the work and take it on a new journey through Australia, Papua New Guinea, Gambia and to a new-age India and Japan.
SEATING AND ACCESSIBILITY
Seating: General Admission.
Please make sure you arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the performance start time. The performance has a strict ‘Lockout Policy’, latecomers will not be permitted.
Please Note: To ensure the safety and integrity of the performance, if you choose to exit the theatre you will only be permitted to re-enter at the discretion of the front of house supervisor. Entry will only be permitted during suitable break in the performance.
If you require wheelchair access, please call our Box Office on 03 8290 7000.