ECM recording artist Iain Ballamy is an internationally recognised saxophonist and composer who has been variously described as urbane, original, freethinking and uncompromising. Listed in the BBC’s publication ‘100 Jazz Greats’ between Count Basie and Chet Baker, Ballamy’s work is contemporary with both strong jazz and classical references and yet un-encumbered by formality and tradition.
Over three decades spent transcending musical genres and stereotypes and by forging strong and ongoing relationships with musicians around the globe, Ballamy has worked with many cutting-edge figures of today’s contemporary Jazz scene. Ballamy was presented with the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2001.
As a composer, Ballamy has written soundtracks for two movies directed by Dave McKean, Luna and Mirrormask, the later produced and released worldwide by the Jim Henson Company.
In 2007 Ballamy was the first Jazz musician to receive the prestigious Paul Hamlyn composer’s award. Highlights of a career spanning over 30 years include playing with Loose Tubes, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates, Kenny Werner, Gil Evans, George Coleman, The Karnataka College of Percussion, John Taylor, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin, The Britten Sinfonia, Gay Dad, Everything but the Girl, Guy Chambers, Mike Gibbs, Carla Bley, John Dankworth etc.
In demand as an educator, Ballamy is a visiting professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Leeds College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Royal Academy of Music who made him and Hon ARAM in 2014.
Attend Iain’s masterclass free of charge when you attend the Big Band concert at 7pm. Please book tickets for both events in one transaction and the discount will be applied automatically; or contact Box Office to add a masterclass ticket.
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Generously supported by the Haworth Trust.