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Andrew Ball : Associate Artist

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Photo: Angela Kaja Ferro

Andrew Ball is a composer and saxophonist based in Brisbane, Australia. With a bold and unique compositional voice, described as highly kinetic, visceral, rhythmically intricate and harmonically colourful, Andrew draws inspiration from an eclectic variety of jazz and improvised music, contemporary classical, avant-garde, and electronic musics. His unique and very personal approach to composition consistently and deliberately extends the limits of instruments and their performers, and aims to challenge attitudes and ideologies surrounding all aspects of context and genre.

Andrew continues to enjoy a busy and diverse career performing, writing and educating. As a saxophonist, he holds his L.Mus.A with distinction, and B.Mus with First Class Honours from the Queensland Conservatorium. He regularly performs, tours, and records with the Barega Saxophone Quartet, Bullhorn brass band, and His Merry Men, in addition to his own solo saxophone project.

n 2016, Andrew was commissioned by the Australia Ensemble@UNSW to write a clarinet sonata Three Dreams in Pulse for David Griffiths and Ian Munro. He has recently written commissions for the Hourglass Ensemble (Sydney), Queensland Youth Orchestras, Collusion music (Brisbane) and Nathan Henshaw (Sydney), among others.

Recordings of Andrew's work can be found on Barega Sax Quartet's Three Serpents album, Collusion's I read the old dream slowly, QLD Saxophone Orchestra's Australian Made, His Merry Men's Kind of Loud, as well as his upcoming solo album Forbidden Languages, to be released late 2017 through Made Now Music.

Andrew Ball — current to July 2017

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Three Dreams in Pulse : clarinet with piano Commissioned for Australia Ensemble.