Corner of City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale
Sydney, NSW, Australia 2008
The Sydney Improvised Music Association Inc. (SIMA) is a not for profit incorporated association.
Formed in 1984, it is hard to overestimate the importance of SIMA to the Sydney jazz scene. The number of gigs it has organised in that time is also impressive but raw figures don't begin to tell the whole story.
The organisation has been a crucial anchor for improvised music in the city, a constant and dynamic presence
SIMA - led with extraordinary determination, energy and strategic adroitness by Peter Rechniewski - has always put the art form and the musicians first. It has championed veteran artists of importance, such as Bernie McGann and John Pochée, and consistently encouraged younger players to develop their talents by giving them opportunities to perform in front of sympathetic audiences. The Necks played one of their first gigs for SIMA.
While maintaining an unstinting commitment to Sydney's music culture, SIMA has never been parochial. Indeed it has embraced and celebrated the international nature of jazz, presenting and touring many important overseas artists from North America and Europe, including Dewey Redman, Geri Allen, Andrew Hill, Steve Lacy, James Carter, Oliver Lake and Horace Tapscott. Local musicians often performed with these significant figures, occasions that sometimes had the unintended consequence of emphasising their own originality and prowess.
SIMA has also regularly presented adventurous ensembles from other parts of the country and fostered good working relationships with organisations, such as the Melbourne Jazz Co-op, that broadly shares its objectives.
There have been numerous problems with venues and funding over the past 25 years but SIMA has proven remarkably resilient. The best bit is that the story is far from over - there is a lot more music to come.
The Seymour Centre can easily be reached by public transport:
Train to either Central Station (bus or walk up Broadway and City Road) or to Redfern Station (walk via Lawson and Ivy Streets).
State transit buses from the city numbered 422, 423, 426, and 428 (from Castlereagh Street and Railway Square at Central Station) stop outside the Seymour Centre.
University of Sydney multi-storey car park next to the Seymour Centre (corner of Cleveland and Shepherd Streets, entry from Shepherd Street).
Pay and display ticket system
ATM machine available in the Box Office foyer. corner of City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale
Get directions with Google maps
box office – telephone 9351 7940 or book online
Seymour Centre website
Limited catering is available at the Sound Lounge.
For pre performance meals within 5 minutes walk of the Seymour Centre
Duck Inn pub
We are also 10 minutes walk from the many restaurants in King Street, Newtown.