The Artemis Orchestra was founded by Gemma Farrell in 2017 with the hope of promoting people of marginalised genders in jazz as musicians, soloists and composers. Less than a quarter of all professional jazz musicians worldwide are female, and even less are non-binary and transgender and this is something which we hope will change for the better in future.

The Orchestra is no stranger to PIJF – having performed at the Festival in 2018, 2019 and 2020. They’ve also collaborated with the Perth Jazz Society and with the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra, making up a band of WAYJO’s young women and non-binary members with Artemis’ professional musicians.