Born: August 8, 1970 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Sonically speaking I am an improvising musicianer who is dedicated to developing the facility that enables me to transfer the musical ideas I hear in my head onto my saxophones, or any other instrument that is available.
I was musically influenced from an early age by my parents, grandmother, and great grandmother, who were all musicians. At the age of twelve, after years of singing and playing the piano, I took to the saxophone and started learning at school under the tutelage of the improvising musician Edouard Bronson.
After high school I studied music for a long time and completed a few degrees including a B.Mus and B.Ed at the University of NSW, an Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium, and most recently a Masters of Music (Jazz Performance) again at the Sydney Conservatorium.
During that time I studied under Lee Konitz, Roger Frampton, Paul McNamara, Graeme Lyall, Mike Nock, Judy Bailey, Craig Scott, Gordon Brisker, Col Loughlan and Ken James,.
Over the past 10 years I've played improvised music all over the world in countries including Australia, England, Scotland, Turkey, Greece, Singapore, Italy, Holland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Canada, and the U.S.A.
Saxophonist Spike Mason has a theory, and it's a pretty intriguing one. Hear the beautiful, airy music that results on his CD of the theory, OXIMETRIC. The object is not the random juxtaposition of hostile pieces of music, but the creation of something entirely natural, despite its divergent pulses and harmonies... the result is not a jumble of sounds but often a strange serenity, with points of convergence. Rather than being unrelentingly busy, the multiple layers tend towards discerning restraint, engendering a blend of beauty and tension.
John Shand - Sydney Morning Herald