ALEX PAXTON

Composer



Alex (1990) is an award-winning composer and improvising-trombonist based in the UK. His music is stylistically pluralist. Informed by his life as a jazz musician, improviser, Alex’s work draws upon an enormous range of musical traditions and heats them into his own uniquely explosive musical voice. Much of his work is interested in incorporating solecistic improvisation and is a celebration of expressive individual existence. These have been recorded by some of the Uk’s most exciting creative musicians. eg; Bye, Purple Tree-Tapestry, Swart of the Orchid.

In 2017 his piece SPAKE represented the UK in the Orchestral section of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM). In  2018 Alex was awarded the Harriet Cohen Memorial Music Award for his compositions. He was a Leverhume Art Scholar with the London Philharmonic Orchestra 2016-2017.

He has written six operas including Noggin the Nog and the Whale (Massed forces including 500 young instrumentalists and singes) For the Love of Thornstein Shiver hosted by English National Opera and Helios Collective, Bel and the Dragon as part of the Tête à Tête opera festival, the Equivocal Harriet Bowlder at Second Movement Opera and Woolf Music at the Forge in Camden and Raven’s Child for Jacob Colier and Orchestra.

His music has been played by leading orchestras and ensembles including London Philharmonic Orchestra LPO, Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), Klammer Klang, Ensemble X.Y, X.Y Song, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra BSO, National Youth Jazz Orchestra (UK) NYJO, Dream Musics, Psappha Ensemble, Orion Symphony Orchestra OSO, Ensemble X.Y, Helious Collective, Chaos Collective Orchestra, Dr. K Sextet, 5KBrass Quintet, RAM Philharmonic and RCM Philharmonic.

Extensively, Alex writes art-music for musicians in community settings including, innovative ways of writing for young instrumentalists & singers in a post-Roald Dahl world of new-music.  eg: Fly Like a Kitchen, Muffin, Pudding Tummy and The Sound of Magic. Composer in residence at Pelican Music Service London.

Alex studied as a scholar at Royal Academy of Music (BMushons 1st class) and the Royal College of Music (MComp distinction.) under the supervision of Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, Gary Carpenter, Phillip Cashian, Christopher Austin, Pete Churchill, Jonathan Cole and Mark Anthony-Turnage.



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