Saturday May 25, 2024

Zagreb World Sax Congress


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Sue McKenzie Paul Elwood and Susan Mayo2

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. Paul Elwood’s music has been featured at festivals in Moscow, Sofia, Mexico City, Marseille, South Africa, Wollongong (Australia), Edinburgh, Darmstadt, Madrid, Strasbourg, and all over the U.S.A. He is an active five-string banjoist in both the realms of experimental and bluegrass music. In 2015 he played on the premiere of “Hanover” by Alvin Lucier, a composition using three banjos played with EBows with chamber ensemble. He recently recorded a new composition for solo banjo written for him by Christian Wolff, and he has collaborated with guitarists Jean-Marc Montera and Eugene Chadbourne, cellist Hank Roberts, the Callithumpian Consort of the New England Conservatory, famed banjoist Tony Trischka, saxophonists Sue McKenzie, Andrew Bishop, and Raphael Imbert, Zeitgeist, bluegrass legend John Hartford, percussionist Eddie Prévost, and pipa player Min Xiao-Fen, among many others. Dr. Susan Mayo has been part of the musical landscape of Kansas for over 30 years. Active not only in the classical world, playing with the Wichita Symphony and Chamber Music at the Barn, she also performs in a variety of unique groups. She can be seen with the WC Quartet, one of the only improvising string quartets in town, Poke Salad Orchestra, a string trio firmly rooted in American traditions of old-time, country and early popular music,  the 21 Century Projects collective, a creative collaborative of musicians, visual artists, and dancers, and is part of the free improvisation community, performing regularly with bass clarinetist Mike Unruh. She pursued her undergraduate degree at the University of the Pacific (BM: Cello Performance) as well as doing graduate work at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Wichita State University (BME in Special Music Education) and the University of Kansas (DMA in Cello Performance). Mayo is currently on the faculty of Friends University and is music director for both Symphony in the Flint Hills fall event Woodfest, and the Wichita Pop-Up Concert series VIBRANTICT.

Sue McKenzie, saxophonePaul Elwood, banjoSusan Mayo, cello

Sue McKenzie Paul Elwood and Susan Mayo



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