This performance is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Embassy of Australia.
Evan Harris is a New York based saxophonist and composer, whose passion for jazz and improvised music has informed his unique sound on the saxophone. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Evan has established himself firmly as an instrumentalist, with performance credits including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, ARIA award winning ensemble Mara!, James Muller Quartet, Miguel Zenon’s “Identities are Changeable”, as well as having performed alongside Wynton Marsalis, Bill Charlap, Etienne Charles and Vince Giordano. By the formative age of 24, Evan was acknowledged with a number of accolades including the Gerry and Franca Mulligan Scholarship, the Mary H. Vinton Jazz Scholarship, the Edward Jabes Scholarship, the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, the Gluck Fellowship, the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund Grant, the Rose Mandelbaum Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship, the PPCA Performers' Trust Grant, the Barry Stewart Prize, Big Brother Movement’s Youth Support Jazz Award, Siena Jazz Festival Scholarship, a Juilliard Project Grant and a coveted Skills and Development Grant from the Arts Council of Australia. Evan has toured metropolitan and regional Australia, the USA and Switzerland, and performed at such venues as the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Smalls Jazz Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Alice Tully Hall, Having graduated from the University of Sydney in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music (Honours First Class), Evan was awarded the University Medal - a credit recognising the most distinguished graduate. In 2018, Evan completed a Master of Music (Jazz Studies) degree at the Juilliard School, under scholarship. His debut album Skylines has garnered critical and popular acclaim, having been nominated for three 2018 Australian Jazz Bell Awards; Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Best Produced Album and Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year.