Composer. Improvising-trombonist.

“In a dark, time this music will make you smile...This is the most joyous sound I’ve heard in ages!
New York Times

“a riotous, hot pink overabundance of love and rage” 
“ Surfing on the crest of its exuberance is an extraordinary experience”

The Wire

"Paxton is a system-crasher of genre, who merges jamming video game soundtracks, musical overtures, virtuoso chamber music and jazz improv into an unmistakable style...highly complex, sophisticated and extremely entertaining, virtuoso ad absurdum" Neue Zeitschrift fur Musik

"a highly innovative...of exceptional creative imagination and musical energy, packed with life force unlike anything else.” Ivor Novello British Composer Awards. Winner 2021, BBC music Magazine

“This is what an orchestra can be like in the 21st century:
an ensemble that speaks with one voice yet also gives voice to each of its members”

The Times

“Operatic Game Boy music played by a virtuosic motley crew that’s inexplicably been hired to provide live jingles for a primetime TV show sometime in the recent past that never quite was Point of departure

“Really quirky, fun, dynamic…Wow! gives your senses a bit of shake. I tell you, I had to listen a number of times, absolutely terrific.”
James McDougall - BBC Radio 3

Like minimal but loads more notes like video-games but with more song like jazz but much more gay like old gay music but more current like yummy sweet but more stick like paint but more scratch like tapestry but filthily like prayer but more loud like loud groove and more rude like fingers and faces too but somehow more smelly like smelly things cooking with more chew and change like louder prayers that groove with like stinking-hot-pink in poo-brown but even more desperate-like than that like drums and Dream Musics

“Fun and really rich, varied, dense, maximalist, fun, joyful and unafraid.”
Gaudeamus Composition jury 2022

“Fantastic delirium” Tom Service New Music Show (BBC)

"Feels like an evacuation of something fundamental and urgent...bleeding chunks of something greater than sum of their parts; a compositional outpouring that started its inexorable flow sometime ago and will surely continue on over after the neat boundaries of a mere CD's runtime have been met" TEMPO magazine

“Uniquely and audaciously manic. Call an ambulance, just in case…the naughtiest…It’s like being tied down and tickled ruthlessly by a gang of nerds.

- Paxton’s Ilollipop with Ensemble Modern.

“Manic, brilliant, beauty.”

Listen Poney Records

“a joyful mashup . . .such an engaging energy and Ivesian imagination”
Planet Hugill

“Alex is a bloody phenomenal composer and visionary”

“one of the most exceptional voices from a new generation of UK talent”

The Philharmonia Orchestra

the Wire Magazine

I love music!

Munchy munch chew chew chew gulp spittle teeth graunch grind chop smack smile blood love and laugh; the language of mastication that binds the offal of man-kind into a faggot, regardless of epoch religion and race.

Love food, love music, love.
Joy.Yes.Yum. Mmmm...

"Unique, inventive, brave and arresting”

Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz Prize

“formidable virtuosity. It seems to be a meditation on virtuosity: Paxton’s own take on Charlie Parker-style bebop or Paganini”

“Eccentric & inventive with more than a touch of anarchy.”

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Alex’s “devised encore” with NYO. BBC Proms

Photo: Walter Vorjohann

Manymore recordings are available here: Work/Listen