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Over the last 30 years, British saxophonist Tim Garland has forged a reputation as a highly distinctive and in-demand musician and composer.

Whilst often inspired by influences from the diverse European classical tradition, his celebrated virtuosity as a saxophonist and improviser maintains his position as one of the UK’s most

authentic jazz voices.

He has toured with Ronnie Scotts and with Chick Corea for 17 years. Playing tenor and soprano saxes, bass clarinet and flute, he also won a Grammy for his symphonic orchestrations on Corea’s “The New Crystal Silence” album from 2007.

Garland has fulfilled commissions from several of the worlds’ top orchestras, including  a double concerto from the LSO, a piano concerto for Gwilym Simcock from  The Royal Northern Sinfonia, with whom he went on to record three CDs, a cello and sax concerto from the CBSO, and a sax concerto from the BBC Concert Orchestra.

In 2016 he premiered  “Re:Focus”  (a re-imagining of the Getz /Sauter project of 1962 ‘Focus’) to a full house at London’s Wigmore Hall, which was released in 2020. 

Garland has been a research professor in new music styles at both Newcastle University and The Royal Northern College Of Music, as well as a regular visiting professor at The Royal Academy Of Music London. He has led workshops around the world and been a visiting artist at Leeds College of Music and Oriel College Oxford amongst others. He has twice been a judge in the BBC Young Jazz Musician Of The Year Award.

We talked about:

  • Tim’s Winter Encounters Project 
  •  Advice on making music deliverable 
  • Working with a singer
  •  Playing saxophone as an accompaniment
  • Working with Chick Corea
  • and a whole lot more!

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