One of the most enjoyable and artistically satisfying projects that I've been involved with this year so far has been as producer for the fantastic new CD from Jenni Watson. Jenni has re-worked some popular folk, classical and jazz melodies in her own unique way, and combined with some of her original compositions, created a really beautiful CD. She plays saxophones, clarinet, flute, violin, penny whistle, piano and sings!!! The CD is being launched at the Forge in Camden on 4 July - every ticket holder receives a free copy of this wonderful CD, which, if there's any justice in the world, will bring Jenni's talents to a much wider public. Here's a link to her website, with samples etc: http://www.jennifer-watson.co.uk
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
Every now and then, something really special and unique comes along - and this live broadcast that I was lucky enough to be part of last week by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra on BBC Radio 4 was just that. Gary Carpenter (incredible composer, colleague at the RNCM where he teachs composition, and good friend) was commissioned by the BBC to write a 'symphony' to underscore some wonderful audio clips from BBC Radio 4's Listening Project, and the result was one of the most moving and engaging pieces I have ever had the pleasure to be part of. Gary wrote a beautiful part for me for the Soprano Saxophone within the orchestra - and the final concert is now available to hear on the BBC iplayer. I know there's always a lot competing for our attention at this time of year, but make time for this. Make a cuppa, sit in your favourite chair, and listen to this incredible piece of music. It's sublime, moving, uplifting...there just aren't enough adjectives. Bravo Gary!
Looking ahead to the summer, the news is that the Manchester and Harrogate Courses that I direct are full steam ahead for summer 2013 - a new venue for Harrogate tbc shortly. Sadly, the International Saxophone Summer School at Woldingham is no more! After many years of great support from Jonathan Myall Woodwind, for which I am hugely grateful, JM feels that it's time for a change, and for his company to focus on other areas of development, and we all wish them every success - they really have been amazing to work with over the last 13 years! At present I am concertrating my efforts on the Manchester and Harrogate courses, but I have a few plans up my sleeve that will be announced in the new year for new and exciting developments to replace the Woldingham Course. Watch this site for details as they emerge.
Thanks to everyone who came to our sell-out concert at the Forge, Camden,on 17 Nov, as part of the London Jazz Festival. Our set comprised commissions from jazz composers Django Bates, Keith Tippett, Barbara thompson and Kenny Wheeler. Barbara and Kenny were able to be there to hear their pieces - thanks to them both for making time in their busy schedules to come and hear their wonderful music.
I was approached earlier this month by Howard Popeck, the Editor of OUR LISTENERS CLUB, a not-for-profit online web site/blog for "Music loving audiophiles". He asked me to give an in depth interview about my thoughts on music, recording and more, to be serialised on his site. The interview is live from today (30 Nov 2012) and a new page/question will be added each day from now on. Here's the link to this fascinating site http://842.r.mailjet.com/HREqmzkA/1U2aGk/h0P1iA/ourlistenersclub.com/tag/rob-buckland/ Have a look around - there are some great interviews and blogs on there!
SaxAssault is touring this autumn: Sat 3 Nov: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton, Tues 6 Nov Axis Arts Centre, Crewe, Mon 12 Nov Band on the Wall, Manchester, Thurs 15 Nov LICA Concerts, Lancaster University, Sat 17 Nov London Jazz Festival. http://www.andyscott.org.uk/saxassault.htm Some new charts, and new versions of some of the classic SaxAssault charts. Stellar line-up: Rob Buckland, Carl Raven, Simon Willescroft, Dave Graham, Andy Scott, Mike Hall, Rob Cope, Andy Morel, Jim Fieldhouse - Saxes, George King - Piano, John Thorne - Bass and Elliot Henshaw - Drums and laughing! Spread the word - it's going to be a great show!!
Missiles, Movies and more.....The APOLLO SAXOPHONE QUARTET has a short series of concerts this autumn - it would be great to see you there.
Mon 29 Oct: World premiere of "Unmistakeable Evidence" by Kevin Malone - a multi-media work to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis: Hack Green Secret Bunker, Nantwich.
Weds 31 Oct: York Concerts, York University, 7.30pm (Progamme includes music by Django Bates, Barbara Thompson, Keith Tippett, Kenny Wheeler, and our own music to accompany a 25 minute set of hilarious early black & white films) http://www.york.ac.uk/concerts/programme/apollosaxophonequartet/
Weds 7 Nov: Brighton Autograph Concerts, 7.30pm, Brighton College (Programme as for York) http://issuu.com/bcbrighton/docs/theautographconcertseries2012-2013?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222
Thurs 8 Nov: BBC Radio 3 In-Tune LIVE at 5pm,
Sat 17 Nov: London Jazz Festival, at the Forge, Camden 2pm - music by Kenny Wheeler, Keith Tippett, Django Bates and Barbara Thompson.http://www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk/event/apollo-saxophone-quartet-1
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).
This year's RNCM Saxophone Day is fast approaching. Two weeks earlier than usual this year, our special guests promise a scintillating day of all things saxophonic: a lunchtime concert from the APOLLO SAXOPHONE ORCHESTRA, performing a set from thei highly accliamied new CD "Perpetual Motion", featuring the spell-binding music of Barbara Thompson; a spotlight concert introducing another young saxophone graduate of the RNCM Huw Wiggin; an evening double-bill featuring two of the most exciting jazz quartets around - Karen Sharp (twice voted best tenor player in the British Jazz Awards - brings a stellar quartet to the RNCM, and Marius Neset, one of the most talked about and original emerging jazz artists, brings his amazing quartet to close the day. And of course, there's the usual selection of workshops and masterclasses, so you can get up close and personal with all of the artists, play in ensembles, improve your jazz improvisationm your technique, visit the huge trade exhibition to check out all of the latest instruments ancd accessories from the worlds leading saxophone maunfacturers, and of course browse the extensive library of music available too. Booking info from http://www.rncm.ac.uk/whats-on-mainmenu-47/explore-whats-on-mainmenu-95/icalrepeat.detail/2012/10/28/1564/413/rncm-saxophone-day-day-ticket.html And of course, it all beings with the incredible MASSED SAXOPHONE ORCHESTRA, with yet more new and exciting compositions and arrangements especially compiled for the event. I look forward to seeing you there. It's always a great day!!!