Continuum Sax

Continuum Sax, Australia’s foremost Saxophone quartet, performs a unique repertoire that explores the intriguing, exciting and expressive world of the saxophone. Their concerts have been enjoyed by a wide range of audiences, including performances at the 2010 ISCM World New Music Days, the 2008 Restrung Festival, the 2005 Melbourne International Festival of Single Reeds, and the 2002 Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference. Continuum Sax has often featured on ABC Classic FM, for whom they have presented Sunday Live and performed for the Australia Day outdoor broadcasts from Hyde Park (2008 and 2009).

Their repertoire has been developed through engagement with leading Australian and international composers. Rosalind Page, Damien Ricketson, Brian Howard, Robert Davidson, Stuart Greenbaum, Paul Stanhope, Barry Cockcroft, and Matthew Hindson, amongst others, have contributed works that exploit the sonic dexterity and rhythmic fluency of the quartet. Continuum Sax has presented Australian premieres of compositions by Elena Firsova, Franco Donatoni, Salvatore Sciarrino, Gavin Bryars, Perry Goldstein, Rolf Gehlhaar and Jacob TV.

In addition to their performance schedule, the quartet is active in education, having performed and workshopped student compositions for MLC School’s Australian Music Days, and presented composition and performance masterclasses for Newcastle University. In 2008 Continuum Sax recorded a large number of educational works for reedmusic.com.Continuum Sax has released two CDs, CONTINUUM (2001) and ICON (2005). Their recording of Matthew Hindson’s Videogame Dreaming is due to be released in 2011.

Continuum Sax is a member of the New Music Network.

Continuum Sax are:
Christina Leonard – soprano saxophone
James Nightingale – alto saxophone
Martin Kay – tenor saxophone
Nicholas Russoniello – baritone saxophone

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