Saturday May 25, 2024

Zagreb World Sax Congress


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Sue McKenzie and Philippe Geiss2

Sue McKenzie is the Director of the Scottish Saxophone Academy, was an Assistant Director of the 16th World Saxophone Congress (2012) and is the leader/founder of the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble. As part of the McKenzie Sawers Duo she has given UK and Scottish premieres of many new works and regularly performs at the World and British Saxophone Congress. They released "The Coral Sea" with Delphian Records and their second CD, “After the Tryst” was released in March 2018. She studied with Kyle Horch at Royal College of Music as well as with Eugene Rousseau (Japan), Lynn Klock (University of Massachusetts), David Murray (World Saxophone Quartet, Paris) and David Binney (New York). Sue regularly performs with the internationally renowned Salsa Celtica and Glasgow Improvisor's Orchestra (performing with Gino Robair, Marilyn Crispell, Maggie Nicols, Keith Tippet and Evan Parker) and in 2013 was commissioned to write for and perform with her own band, "Dark Grooves" at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. Other performances include appearing on a UK tour with Australian DJ Tom Lowndes (Hot Dub Time Machine), with US free improvising banjo player and composer Paul Elwood and in Oslo with the quartet Lemur. Internationally regarded saxophonist and widely performed composer, Philippe Geiss plays the entire saxophone family from sopranino to bass saxophone. He works closely with many great improvisers as Jerry Bergonzi or the French pianist Jean-François Zygel collaborating in live concerts, silent movies improvised music and many TV shows playing classical “crossover” improvised music. Philippe's own musical style lies somewhere between contemporary classical, jazz and world music. As a composer, his music has been performed by renowned musicians and ensembles including the U.S. Navy Band, Branford Marsalis, Nederland Wind Ensemble, many wind ensembles and leading saxophone quartets including Habanera, Alliage Diastema, Ellipsos, and more. His compositions include works for beginners to high level performers and he is published by Robert Martin, Billaudot, and Leduc. Each year Philippe also organizes a major saxophone festival in Strasbourg (Les Rencontres du Saxophone).

Sue McKenzie, saxophone
Philippe Geiss, saxophone

Sue McKenzie and Philippe Geiss



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