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Trans Tasman Saxophone Orchestra

The Trans-Tasman Saxophone Orchestra draws together leading saxophonists from across Australia and New Zealand. It has been formed to perform superimpOsition2, Martin Kay’s work for improvisers and animated score. The members are curated by Martin Kay, an eclectic Australian saxophonist and composer. Martin Kay is studying for a Doctorate of Musical Arts through the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His research explores the possibility of an improvisational approach to Spectralism. Each member of the octet is an original and accomplished musician: Dr.Diana Tolmie is a soloist and full-time lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Nathan Henshaw is tenor saxophonist for Nexas saxophone quartet. Michael Jamieson is a saxophonist for the Royal New Zealand Navy Band and head of woodwind at Auckland University. Mark Hobson is a saxophonist with the Royal New Zealand Navy Band. The group is robust and may include surprise guests. Samantha Mason is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music in performance, Samantha’s focus lies in the commission and performance of contemporary saxophone repertoire. Joseph Lallo is an associate saxophone teacher at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne, where he also completing his PhD. He performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Mary Osborn is a classical saxophonist based in Sydney, and studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Christina Leonard on a full scholarship. Andrew Ball is a composer and saxophonist based in Brisbane, Australia. With a bold and unique compositional voice described as highly kinetic, visceral, rhythmically intricate, and harmonically colourful, Andrew draws inspiration from an eclectic variety of jazz and improvised music, contemporary classical, avant-garde, and electronic musics. Saxophonist, arranger and educator Jay Byrnes, is one of the most pre-eminent faces in the Australian music scene. Specialising in the performance of both transcriptions and new works for saxophone Jay has become renowned for his interpretations of music from Bach to Piazzolla and beyond. Jay is acclaimed for his dynamic stage presence and rigorous attention to stylistic performance. Nick Russoniello is one of Australia’s most dynamic young artists, enjoys an exciting and varied performance career both in Australia and abroad. Dr Emma Di Marco is an Australian contemporary musician, educator, artistic director, photographer, and blogger. She holds a PhD in Musicology and a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance with 1st Class Honours. Ashleigh Porter is a graduate from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. She received a Bachelor of Music majoring in Saxophone, Instrumental Music Pedagogy and Conducting. In 2012 Ashleigh completed her Graduate Diploma of Education at the Queensland University of Technology. Michael Duke completed his Bachelor of Music degree with honors at Victorian College of the Arts under the instruction of saxophonist Graeme Shilton. He then received both master's and doctorate degrees in music performance from Indiana University, studying under renowned classical saxophonists Eugene Rousseau, Thomas Walsh, Jean-Yves Fourmeau and Arno Bornkamp.

Martin Kay, Andy Ball, Ashleigh Porter, Jay Byrnes, Joseph Lallo, Diana Tolmie, Mark Hobson, Mary Osborn, Emma Di Marco, Nic Russionello, Michael Duke, Samantha Mason, Michael Jaimeson, Nathan Henshaw
 
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