I have just spent 2 days recording my latest CD with my long term piano partner, Peter Lawson. Our first CD, 'Towards the Light' was recorded and released in 1997, our disc with my Equivox Trio (Peter on piano and Simone Rebello on percussion) was released in 2006, and so it is definitely time to bring out a new disc! This latest CD features music some wonderful new music from composers who I have had a personal association with in one way or another over the years and whose music really speaks to me. As you will know, whilst being recognised as a classical player, I have played jazz and improvised music from the beginning of my playing career too, and have finally put together a CD that sits very comfortably in the joins between these two musical worlds. The pieces on the CD are mostly through composed, some have some improv, many have sections where solo like passages are woven into the structure of the music - essentially classically rooted pieces, infused and influenced by jazz harmony, inflection and language, and I'm am so happy with the outcome. The disc features music by Graham Fitkin, Barbara Thompson, Jason Rebello, Andy Scott and myself and a stunning suite of short pieces by Tim Garland that all combine to really contextualise where I am as a player right now. For the saxophone geeks amongst you :-) I recorded this new CD on the two new silver plated Jubilee Edition Selmer Saxophones that I have recently started playing on, and this is the first CD ever recorded on both alto and soprano Selmer Concept mouthpieces too! (Told you it was geeky!) (You may well have seen my adverts endorsing the new Concept Alto Mouthpiece in the CASS magazine recently, and the soprano version, which Selmer tell me is due out in the autumn, is every bit as good as it's big brother). I recorded and produced the disc myself, and I'll be editing and mixing over the coming weeks, and hope to get the disc out in the late Autumn sometime. Watch this space! I'm really very excited about this new disc - it really does feel like a bringing together of everything that I do on the saxophone, and I hope to have some live dates to announce later in the year to coincide with the launch.
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.
World Saxophone Congress, Strasbourg
Rob will be featured as concerto soloist in the opening Gala Concerto Concert, and will be in attendance throughout this event.
Rob leads a day of saxophone workshops, classes and concerts in the beautiful setting of Winchester Cathedral Music Centre.
Akoesticum in Ede, Holland
Rob coaches masterclasses and workshops, and gives concerts at the inaugural NSF in Hloonad, diected by Johan van der Linden. Info:http://www.matchingarts.com/topmenu/projecten/nederlands-saxofoon-festival/nederlands-saxofoon-festival.html
Harrogate School tbc
Rob directs this summerschool, one of the UK's most popular and successful courses. Places are booking up fast, as usal, but there's still time to be part of one of the UK's leading summer courses. Tutors include Andy Scott, Carl Raven and Dave O'Higgins. Info from: http://www.windstruments.co.uk/Sax/saxindex.cfm
Well, another summer draws to a close, and both of my summer courses this year were a great success. Here's a couple of photos - the Senior Sax Group from the Manchester Single Reed Course, and the whole of the Harrogate Saxophone Course. Thanks to everyone who came along for making both courses really enjoyable!