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Bridge of Dreams is an epic musical work celebrating the creative dialogue between an exceptional group of musicians from India and Australia: Sandy Evans (composition/musical director/saxophone soloist), Shubha Mudgal (composition/voice), Aneesh Pradhan (composition/tabla), Sirens Big Band (led by Jessica Dunn), Sudhir Nayak (harmonium), and Bobby Singh (tabla). The work is co-composed by Sandy Evans, Aneesh Pradhan and Shubha Mudgal.

This work has been developed over several years and recorded across two continents from Mumbai to Sydney. For over 60-years musicians have delighted in jazz’s affinity with India’s rich musical canon. In the space between two worlds - magical, colourful and musically thrilling things happen.

Hindustani singer Shubha Mudgal has been named ‘one of the best vocalists in today’s generation of singers’ (Free Press Journal) and saxophonist Sandy Evans, ‘one of the best contemporary jazz composers…anywhere.’ (All About Jazz.) Add the percussive brilliance of composer and master tabla player Aneesh Pradhan and his disciple Bobby Singh, harmonium virtuoso Sudhir Nayak, and the exhilaration and precision of the 17-piece super-collective Sirens Big Band, and you have the stunning album ‘Bridge of Dreams’.

Bridge of Dreams is supported through The Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body; the NSW Government through Create NSW; APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund and the PPCA Fund. Bridge of Dreams acknowledges the support of the School of the Arts and Media, The University of New South Wales.

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released November 10, 2018

Sandy Evans: Composer, Arranger, Musical Director, Producer
Aneesh Pradhan: Composer, Co-Musical Director
Shubha Mudgal: Composer, Co-Musical Director
Jessica Dunn: Sirens bandleader, Associate Producer, Co-Musical Director
Harri Harding: Associate Producer
James Greening: Horn recording consultant


Musicians
Shubha Mudgal: Voice
Aneesh Pradhan: Tabla
Bobby Singh: Tabla
Sudhir Nayak: Harmonium

Sandy Evans: saxophone soloist

Sirens Big Band

Saxophones
Laura Corney (alto, soprano, tenor)
Melissa Mony (alto, flute)
Harri Harding (sopranino, tenor)
Ruth Wells (tenor)
Phillippa Murphy-Haste (baritone, clarinet, bass clarinet)
Rebecca Grubb (alto) (1)
Rebecca Scolnick (baritone, bass clarinet) (1)

Trumpets
James Power
Ellen Kirkwood
Claire Hollander
Louise Horwood
Lisa Gori (1)
Heather Prowse (1)

Trombones
Rose Foster
Alex Silver
James Greening (4, 7, 8)
Carla Dobbie (2, 8, 9)
Nick Barnard (bass trombone)
Emma Riley (1)
Persia Littlewood (1)
Rosie Marks-Smith (bass trombone) (1)

Bass
Jessica Dunn

Piano
Zela Margossian
Emma Stephenson (1)

Guitar
Milan Ring (1)

Drums
Ali Foster

Percussion
Claudine Field

Backing vocals

Shweta Deshpande
Upagna Pandya
Shantanu Herlekar


Sandy Evans: Composer, Arranger, Musical Director, Producer
Aneesh Pradhan: Composer, Co-Musical Director
Shubha Mudgal: Composer, Co-Musical Director
Jessica Dunn: Sirens bandleader, Associate Producer, Co-Musical Director
Harri Harding: Associate Producer
James Greening: Horn recording consultant
Voice, harmonium and tabla recorded at Shankh Sound Studio, Mumbai, June 2017
Recording engineer: Nitin Joshi
Assistant engineer: Annu Poojari
Chorus vocals: Dharti Ke Darbar recorded June 2018
Recording engineer: Jarvis Marcedo

Sirens Big Band recorded at Sony Studios, Sydney, May and June 2018
Recording engineer: Ross A’hern

Except ‘Arms of Imagination’ recorded at Free Energy Device Studio, Sydney, February 2017
Recording engineer: Richie Belkner
Assistant engineer: Julia Goyen

Mixed at Chapel of Sound, Sydney
Mixing engineer: Ross A’hern

Additional mixing by Nitin Joshi and Richie Belkner

Mastered by Blake La Grange at Mercury Mastering

Album illustration and design: Green Peas For Breakfast

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