Hello! I have some really exciting performances coming up in the next few weeks, including a new saxophone education day open to everyone. Info below - hope to see you at one of these concerts.
Sunday 7th June 2015: Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall: 3pm
Rob Buckland saxophones
Peter Lawson piano
Simone Rebello percussion
Returning to perform in the RNCM’s new concert hall for the first time since 2004, Rob Buckland and Peter Lawson celebrate 25 years performing together with the release of their highly acclaimed new CD Duality, featuring music by Tim Garland, Barbara Thompson, Jason Rebello, Graham Fitkin, Andy Scott and Rob himself. A coming together of performer/composers, musicians with experience and understanding of the disciplines and freedoms of both worlds, and a consequent blurring of edges, create a music that defies traditional and outdated labels, and becomes a classical and jazz ‘duality’. This concert will showcase much of the music from the CD alongside some musical highlights from the last 25 years. Rob and Peter will be joined by special guests including percussionist Simone Rebello.
Note start time of 3pm.
Rob is in residence at the 2015 Chester Music festival:
Wednesday 3rd June 2015: Chester Music festival, Chester Town Hall:
Rob joins world renowned jazz-pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock and the ensemble Deva Strings for an exciting new collaboration: Centred around a new version of Milhaud’s wonderful “La Creation du Monde”, Gwilym has reworked some beautiful music for this exciting group of musicians, including Debussy’s Children’s Corner Suite, and Rob has arranged some of Chick Corea’s Children’s Songs to complement these. There will be lots of other new music too, so it’s sure to be a really wonderful evening.
Saturday 6th June 2015: Chester Music Festival, Chester Town Hall: 10am-4pm
SAXOPHONE EDUCATION DAY
Do you play the saxophone? Would you like to learn from one of the finest saxophonists in the country? Then join renowned performer and composer Rob Buckland, director of Saxophone Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music for the festival’s first Education Day.
Before performing in the second of his two concerts at this year’s festival, Rob Buckland has agreed to spend the day imparting his great knowledge of all things saxophone to the area’s young (and old – there’s no limit!) budding talent. With an ensemble session and a technique masterclass, you will get the rare chance to work with a teacher and player of the highest calibre and of course have lots of fun while doing it!
The day will conclude with an informal performance for family and friends and there may even be a chance to appear at Rob’s concert in the evening! All players are welcome, although the day is generally aimed at saxophonists of Grade 4 standard and above.
Saturday 6th June 2015: Chester Music Festival: Chester Town Hall: 8pm
Internationally acclaimed saxophonist Rob Buckland and his long time collaborator, pianist Peter Lawson bring a collection of pieces from their brand new album, Duality. The duality of the title refers to the two worlds of classical and jazz music and with pieces composed by Tim Garland, Graham Fitkin, Barbara Thompson, Jason Rebello, and Andy Scott, the album straddles these genres.
“I looked at creating a disc that truly felt like my musical home; a classically rooted disc, embracing and celebrating all of the nuance and inflection of a jazz performance, with a resonance for today’s audience and today’s music.”
This is the first live performance of most of these compositions; another première for the festival.
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.
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.
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/