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  • 20 July 2014 | Aldeburgh English Song Project 2014 Showcase

    Aldeburgh English Song Project 2014 Showcase 
    club inégales | Euston, London
    Sunday 20 July 8pm

    Showcase of music composed by Britten–Pears Young Artists performed by Britten–Pears Young Artists!

    Aphra for Mezzo-soprano and Piano

    Olivia Warburton  Mezzo-soprano
    Johan Barnoin  Piano

    Matt London  Composer
    Chrissy Williams  Poet

  • 19 July 2014 | Wolf Lieder: Final Recital at Aldeburgh

    Wolf Lieder: Final Recital
    Aldeburgh Music | Snape, Suffolk
    Saturday 19 July 3pm

    Singers and pianists from the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme give a recital following a week of masterclasses with Wolfgang Holzmair and Imogen Cooper.

    Including interpretations of new songs produced in March by composers on the Aldeburgh English Song Project course.

    Aphra for Mezzo-soprano and Piano

    Olivia Warburton  Mezzo-soprano
    Johan Barnoin  Piano

    Matt London  Composer
    Chrissy Williams  Poet

  • SPEAK NOW Jazzwise Review

    SPEAK NOW Jazzwise Review

    SPEAK NOW my classical tenor saxophone album gets 3stars from Jazzwise magazine!

  • SPEAK NOW Clarinet & Saxophone Society review

    CASS Magazine album review by Kenneth Morris | Volume 39, No 2

    SPEAK NOW music for tenor saxophone | Matt London (saxophone), David Howard and Geoff Eales (piano)

    ML001 available from www.mattlondonmusic.com

    Readers of my reviews might remember my railing against ‘modern music’ some of which, to my ears, comes devoid of melody, harmony, rhythm, structure and even tonality / sonority. Matt’s late 2013 recording of some 66 minutes duration and nine modern compositions contains six well short of memorable melodies and three very tuneful pieces Song for my Mother, Ballad in Memory of Shirley Horn (ballads) and Farewell Patagonia (an extremely rhythmic tango). But every single track is a variable triumph of sonority. What a sublime variety of tonalities, I’m pretty sure Matt won’t thank me for one of the exquisite sounds i received, that of a bassoon.

    This disc meant a great deal to me. As a amateur tenorist for some 66 years, I’ve grown up through the ever developing jazz sounds of Coleman Hawkins, Vido Musso, Warne Marsh, Hank Mobley, Stan Getz, Bobby Wellins and John Coltrane plus the classical French soloists and, more recently the sounds of the RNCM tutors and their alumni of which Matt is one. Whatever composition Matt delivers and wherever the range on the horn the sound is immaculate. Go to Matt’s website for much more about his performance and compositional objectives, they are clearly set out (and I very much enjoyed his summary of the last World Saxophone Congress in Aberdeen).

    How Matt generates his superb sound comes down to the usual three elements: the player, the mouthpiece and the instrument. Clearly the Rob Buckland / Andy Scott duo have had a considerable influence on the player. For those not fortunate enough to work with these two teachers the former has recently written Playing the Saxophone (published by Astute Music and reviewed in this magazine last year, Vol.38, No.3). I make no recommendation on mouthpieces as they should be individually selected by the player but Matt uses a Brilhart Ebolin 4* with a Rico H ligature and Rico Jazz Select Filed 3H reeds.

    His saxophone however is something else. It’s a 1933 C.G Conn New Wonder Transitional customised by Leeds based saxophone engineer Steve Crow. Possessed of extraordinary sonority, tenor saxophones made by Conn from 1931 to 1962 can be re-engineered in a number of ways to mimic post Second World War key plate positioning (and other improvements). Steve and I currently working up an article for a future issue of this magazine on Vintage Conn Saxophones to cover sopranos, altos and baritones as well as the tenor. By the way Matt is not the only professional UK tenorist to use a customised vintage Conn.

    Back to the CD! It opens with Matt’s composition The Pervasive Force a duet part ballad and part brisk dialogue with the piano. Track 2 is the Geoff Eales duet Song for my Mother followed by an Andy Scott tenor solo My Mountain Top with background synths noises and spoken prose. Adam Caird’s Out of Line is a technically extremely demanding duet with piano followed by another tenor solo Sarcanthus by Cheryl Frances-Hoad - this is the track with a bassoon-like sonority. The last four tracks are: Farewell Patagonia by Geoff Eales, Passing by Graham Fitkin, Kaito by Graham Coatman an ultra-modern duet and Ballad in Memory of Shirley Horn by Richard Rodney Bennett. Awesome sounds - beautifully played.

    Kenneth Morris


    CASS exists to promote the playing of the clarinet and saxophone at all levels and in all musical styles. Visit us at www.cassgb.org for new online content.

  • Distractfold Ensemble workshop at Brunel!

    My piece " The pestilent sprite " incorporates my interest in freedom through open to interpretation notated scoring. I'm very much looking forward to meeting the players and especially to hear how they interpret the score!

  • Britten-Pears Aldeburgh English Song Project selection!

    I am absolutely delighted to announce that I have been selected for The Aldeburgh English Song Project as part of the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme ! The course starts with a week in Aldeburgh and will continue with further events in Aldeburgh and London with composers John Woolrich & Peter Wiegold , Huw Watkins composer/pianist, David Harsent poet, Richard Edgar Wilson tenor, plus Wolfgang Holzmair baritone & Imogen Cooper piano!

    The plan is to devise a work that explores the possibility of including varying elements of improvisation for both musicians [ voice and piano ] alongside the notated tradition. This idea of "in the moment" musical composition will hopefully bring out and champion this powerful and magical element of communication and expression for all involved, in it’s conception and performance.

    This intuitive way of working will be a fascinating experience researching and producing a method that introduces and develops elements of improvisation whilst ensuring an unbiased weighting towards the experienced improviser on top of a over a broad and stable but movable structure. Hopefully making the work accessible to performers not so accustomed to improvisation. 

    This is such an exciting opportunity and I am really looking forward to visiting Aldeburgh for the first time!

  • Debut album


    It is with much excitement that on 10th November 2013 my debut album will be released! To mark this I will be holding a short launch concert as part of the RNCM Sax Day 10 November 2013.

    I hope to see you there to celebrate!

    Big Noises!

    Matt

  • CTRI Consortium Opportunity!

    Dr. Jeffrey Vickers announces an open invitation to saxophonists worldwide to participate in a new consortium commission of composer David Kechley. Dr. Vickers has founded the Contemporary Tenor Repertoire Initiative, or CTRI, for the purpose of helping develop a new repertoire specifically for tenor saxophone. This commissioning project has already developed new works by Gotkovsky, Lemay, Gabriele, Michans, and Lennon, among others.

    For more info visit the blog entry > CTRI Consortium Opportunity!

    www.jeffvickers.net