THE ART OF SOUND
Saturday 29 June, 2019
2:00pm - 2:45pm
Hanson Dyer Hall, The Ian Potter Southbank Centre, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Saxophone is an acoustic instrument almost without parallel in its chameleon-like ability to fit any style and Adam Simmons is an artist who has constantly explored those boundaries, who has been described by Sandy Evans as a “master of breath”. Inspired in equal parts by jazz, new music, thrash, traditional Zen honkyoku and electronica, this program explores the vast tonal capacity of the saxophone. Adam will perform a range of semi-composed pieces focusing on colours and textures of sound, with a view to showcasing the possibilities of saxophone as a complete solo instrument.
Adam Simmons is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and educator, involved across many different scenes within Melbourne and beyond, performing jazz, punk, new music, traditional Japanese honkyo-ku, funk and free noise/improv. He regularly performs internationally, working with artists from USA, Japan, Poland, France, Germany, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Greece and New Caledonia. His ensembles include Origami and the renowned Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble. Adam has curated events including Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, Festival of Slow Music, 100:25:1 and The Usefulness of Art. Adam teaches shakuhachi at University of Melbourne. Adam is endorsed by Forestone Japan (saxophones), Selmer (bass clarinet) and Temby Australia (flutes).