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.

Alex TAYLOR – 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 – Funding Director

Emily Tulloch is a South Australian musician currently working as an arts manager, violinist, and composer-arranger in roles with Nexus Arts, Zephyr Quartet, and COMA (Creative Original Music Adelaide). Emily is the Artistic Director of Nexus Arts, where she leads the organisation in promoting an intercultural vision of contemporary arts that more accurately reflects the diversity of our streets. With Zephyr, Emily has created critically acclaimed and award-winning shows, performed internationally and across Australia, and received three APRA/AMCOS Australian Art Music Awards and two Ruby Awards. With COMA, she strives to present and promote creative original music in her hometown of Adelaide. 

Jackie WILDE – General Operations

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 teaches full-time at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

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

Morgan started drumming at the age of 14 and was inspired to start studying jazz drums at 21 after hearing local jazz group the New Cabal. He is currently undertaking Honours study at the Elder Conservatorium and plays regularly with various groups around Adelaide. Morgan joined the COMA committee in 2017 after a couple of years of attending their gigs at the Wheatsheaf Hotel.

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. 

Iran SANADZADEH – General Operations

Iran Sanadzadeh is a musician and researcher living in Adelaide. Her artistic work explores the relationship between space and movement as they relate to sound, and the way our casual listening to the world around us is affected by particularities of who we are. She has collaborated with musicians and artists from a variety of disciplines and has performed in Tehran, New York, and Adelaide. Iran has been the recipient of a number of grants and awards for work in Australia and overseas. She has recently completed a Ph.D., studying the acoustical properties of the Japanese koto.

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