The COMA COMMITTEE

Sam CAGNEY - Chairperson, Treasurer

Born in Whyalla, Sam moved to Adelaide in 2006 to commence Jazz Guitar studies at the Elder Conservatorium. During his time there he was fortunate enough to perform with Ray Vega (USA), Jon Gordon (USA) and was a member of the Downbeat award winning Big Band One. He graduated from the Conservatorium in 2009 with first class honours. In 2011, with assistance from the Helpmann Academy, he travelled to New York to undertake private study with Kenny Werner, Paul Bollenback, Adam Rogers and John Abercrombie. Sam is a member of the ambient-jazz/rock/etc. trio Yeahyeahabsolutelynoway! They have recorded two albums “Um..” (2014) and ”Ah..” (2017) and in 2014 toured Australia and New Zealand in support of “Um..”. Also In 2014 Sam was commissioned by JazzSA to arrange the music of The Whitlams and as a result he collaborated with members of Zephyr Quartet to form the unconventional string quartet Little Cloud which has since become a vehicle to perform his original compositions.

Jamie CAPATCH – Artistic Director

Born outside of Chicago and raised in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, James moved to Adelaide in March of 2010. A musical instrument technician by trade, James also has fifteen years experience playing professionally with musicians from many genres, persuasions, and locations, and at times has worked as a music educator, arranger, and ballroom dance instructor.  Before leaving the Shoals to pursue a career as a technician, James studied extensively with saxophonist Jeff Coffin in Nashville, and has shared the stage with Swampers David Hood and Harvey Thompson, Rick Bell, Prince Damons, and Byard Lancaster.   As a technician, James has done professional woodwind and brasswind repair for many major orchestras and players from around the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the NY Met, the NY Opera and Ballet, The Metropolitan Art Museum, The Sun Ra Arkestra, and most recently the Adelaide Symphony and Police Band.  At present he can sometimes be found playing among illustrious company with Chesterfield Brass, the Mike Stewart Big Band, Satan's Cheerleaders, the Atlantic Street Band, and other local ensembles.

Alex TAYLOR – Assistant Artistic Director

A graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music (Jazz Performance), Alex was awarded “Most Outstanding Undergraduate – Jazz Trombone” in 2012, and graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours, and awarded “Most Outstanding Jazz Honours Student” in 2013. Since graduating, Alex has become a member of the Conservatorium faculty, teaching jazz trombone students, and directing the jazz trombone masterclass. Alex regularly performs throughout the Adelaide music scene, as a freelance trombonist and sousaphonist, and is a musical director in the JazzSA SuperBand program. 

Maeve McLoughlin – Secretary

Originally from the Adelaide Hills, Maeve played trombone in her teens, and her participation in Jazz SA Superbands, Adelaide Youth Orchestra and Generations in Jazz encouraged her love of live music and a passion for fostering a thriving music scene in Adelaide. Over the years, she has worked in a number of jazz venues across both Adelaide and Melbourne, and staffed events for The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Melbourne International Jazz festival. Recently returned to Adelaide, Maeve joined the COMA committee in 2017.

Emily TULLOCH – Grant-writing co-ordinator

Emily Tulloch is a South Australian musician working as a violinist, composer-arranger, educator and arts worker, with a passion for the creation, presentation and promotion of contemporary music in Adelaide, Australia and beyond. Emily has been a member of Zephyr Quartet since 2005, and with the ensemble has created critically acclaimed and award-winning shows, performed across Australia and internationally at the Edinburgh Festival and Holland International Dance Festival, received two Ruby Awards for Innovation (2009 and 2015) and two APRA/AMCOS Australian Art Music Awards (2012 and 2016). She has been a core member of the COMA (Creative Original Music Adelaide) committee since 2007, working on the presentation and promotion of original music in Adelaide and helping co-ordinate twice-monthly concert presentations continuously for ten years.

Jackie WILDE – Social Media Co-Ordinator

Jackie completed her bachelor of music (jazz performance) in 2015. She continues to play throughout Adelaide in local traditional jazz bands and gypsy jazz ensembles such as The Various Nefarious. As a dedicated music tutor, Jackie also works with secondary students and is passionate about music in schools. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Business and Event Management

Lyndon GRAY – General operations

Lyndon is an Adelaide born bass player and composer currently performing with jazz outfit The New Cabal. Originally an Honours graduate of the Elder Conservatorium, Lyndon has performed with many top Australian players including Jamie Oehlers, Ted Vining and Steve Magnusson. He has led his own trio, Triptych, for over five years now. This ensemble has recorded two albums of original music and performed around Australia, including Australia’s premier jazz festival, the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. Outside of the jazz world, Lyndon has enjoyed success with the folk/alternative country ensemble The Audreys. The band has toured extensively throughout Australia and overseas. As a member of the group Lyndon has won two ARIA awards for the albums “Between Last Night and Us” and “When the Flood Comes”. Lyndon has also been able to perform with groups from a wide variety of genres, including neo-classical outings and dance based electronic groups. He is currently undertaking a Masters in Performance at the University of Adelaide.

Annika Stennert – General operations

Annika grew up in the north of Germany, listening to cassette tapes explaining the lives of the great composers to children. Plus the Ghostbusters soundtrack and Nena's 99 Luftballons. Ever since, she has loved music and art and enjoys life with as much of it in it as possible. She studied fine art and English in Germany, then graphic design and illustration in London. She moved to Adelaide in 2008 and has been enjoying Adelaide's art and music scene ever since.

Morgan FLETCHER – General operations

Keira SIMMONS – General operations

Keira Simmons is a sound designer, acoustic ecology enthusiast, and sound artist. Raised in the South Australian music and performance scenes, she moved to the United Arab Emirates to pursue her BA at NYU Abu Dhabi. As a sound designer she works with artists in a variety of disciplines locally and remotely, and her collaborative work has been exhibited at Burning Man, shown in five countries, and won a Jury award in a Tokyo-based competition. Her recent senior thesis project, Listening to Abu Dhabi, is an urban audio walk exploring climate change through a timeline of soundscapes. She is excited to be back in SA and becoming more involved with creative original music and art in Adelaide. 

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