Composer. Improvising-trombonist.

“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

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

“Paxton will Make your ears ping..brings brightly coloured, loopy joy to our ears..sweet energy & frantic humour...It’s jazzy & noisy & oddly serious.” The Guardian
”Turbulent and joyful...surfing on the crest of this exuberance is an extraordinary experience" – The Wire

“Paxton is a monster improviser …connects his garrulous attack to the most extroverted playing of George Lewis & Roswell Rudd..." Bandcamp Daily Best Contemporary Classical

“not only was extraordinary musically, but brought diverse communities together in ways that exemplified a new, creolized identity for classical music. Alex’s vision of new music could help to transform classical music into a true world music... a composer of far ranging vision and talent.”

George Lewis on Candyfolk Space-drum. quotation for
Hindemith Prize laudatory Speech 2023

NEW ALBUM: Happy Music for Orchestra
will be out on 28th April 2023 on Delphian Records

“a rising star of the international composer scene...whose innovative musical approach surprises and inspires.” neue musikzeitung

“Alex is a bloody phenomenal composer and visionary”
London Symphony Orchestra

“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

Alex Paxton’s Ilollipop. Ensemble Modern. Photo: Walter Vorjohann

"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

< home