Check out my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuO3G8Dvii9jZxwxD6Dhpg for a whole series of new videos taken from some recent performances. There's a set of great videos from my gig at RNCM in June with Peter Lawson and Simone Rebello, playing some music from the new DUALITY CD with the duo and some trio music from THE TIME IS NOW CD, and a video of my concerto performance on the opening night of the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg in July.
Recorded in July 2014, my new CD DUALITY, with my long term pianist partner Peter Lawson Is now available. Order here: http://www.sospirorecords.com. I am absolutely delighted with this new CD - as I say in the liner notes, the wonderful music on this recording really feels like my musical home - through-composed music, with some improvisation, written by composers from contemporary music and jazz worlds, all very honest, melodic, rhythmic, emotive music that really resonates with who I am as a musician - the duality of my saxophonic life, working as both a classical and jazz player, has allowed me to draw on influences from both worlds on this CD. The wonderful music from Tim Garland, Graham Fitkin, Barbara Thompson, Jason Rebello, Andy Scott (and myself), all musicians with whom I have performed and recorded with over the years, and who are all good friends, makes this feel like a very personal musical statement of who I am. There is a soundcloud sampler here, https://soundcloud.com/rob-16-2/duality-sampler and there will be announcements shortly about where to order your copy. I'm working on some live dates for next year too, so watch this space.
You can now order copies of my new Concertos CD GAMESHOW from the new SOSPIRO RECORDS website http://www.sospirorecords.com Whilst the full website will be officially launched in the new year, with details of a host of new and exciting CD releases and archive material available, we wanted to get this webpage up and running so that you can now order physical copies, and both lossless and mp3 downloads of my new disc. Spread the word - the disc is getting some great reviews, and I hope you enjoy it!
5 years in the writing, developed over 15 years of teaching at the RNCM in Manchester, and over a quarter of a century working as a professional Saxophonist in a wide variety of settings, from Concerto and Recital soloist to member of the Apollo Saxophone Quartet and my Equivox Trio, working with some of the UK's finest orchestras, playing with bands such as the Michael Nyman Band & SaxAssault and recording many film and TV soundtracks, this book has been designed for the serious Saxophonist, who wants to bring their playing to the very highest level.
My new book, PLAYING THE SAXOPHONE, http://www.astute-music.com/shop/product_info.php?cPath=30_66&products_id=228is selling well, and getting some lovely reviews. I've copied a few of them here:
PLAYING THE SAXOPHONE: Selected reviews 2012/13
My latest composition for Saxophone Ensemble, "AltoStratus" is now published and available as a download from: http://www.astute-music.com/shop/index.php?osCsid=u8g3f3g17g28ul2m6c8isulja6&cPath=19. The RNCM Saxophone Orchestra performed this piece beautifully at the World Saxophone Congress in July, and I have had many requests for copies of the music, so here it is! The is also a link to a soundcloud recording of the piece, as played by the RNCM Saxophone Orchestra on our recent demo CD. This piece was originally written for the Sospiro Saxophones (John Harle, Simon Haram and myself, with Organ accompaniment, and then expanded with the addition of a fourth part for Tim Garland).
Recorded in January 2012, this new CD features the Apollo Saxophone Orchestra performing the wonderful music of Barbara Thompson. Sponsored by Yanagisawa, this CD captures some incredible performances of Barbara's diverse and engaging music. Released 16th July 2012 on Nimbus Alliance NI 6200. and available now from Amazon.co.uk. More information on Barbar's website: http://www.temple-music.com/
Earlier this year, I was invited to record Martin Ellerby's new Cinnamon Concerto for a disc on the Polyphonic label, and this exciting recording has just been released. The recording took place on a very hot late summer day in the RNCM's fabulous Concert Hall, and the college's Wind Orchestra played brilliantly on a very tight schedule - we had just 2 hours to record the whole piece - it certainly has a lot of energy!!!.
Life as a saxophonist is always varied, colourful, unexpected and unpredictable - here are 2 photos I took from the stage on consecutive nights last week in Manchester - one is the view from the stage at the M.E.N. Arena during the Children in Need Rocks Manchester concert that was broadcast live to the UK on BBC1 and Radio 1 - I was on stage with Michael Buble, and the other is the view from the stage the following night when I was playing with Jeremy Sassoon's Trio in Dmitri's Bar in Manchester - both were really great gigs, but for very different reasons!!! Life is indeed a rollercoaster!!!!