Iain Ballamy (born 20th February 1964 in Guildford) is a British soprano, alto and tenor saxophone player.
Renowned in Europe as the "Fantastic Englishman", Ballamy established himself playing alongside notables including Hermeto Pascoal, the late Gil Evans, George Coleman, Dewey Redman, Mike Gibbs, and the New York Composers Orchestra.
Touring extensively world-wide he has appeared at most international festivals and venues. Ballamy can be heard on over forty CDs. A long-time collaborator with Django Bates, since the days of Loose Tubes and Bill Bruford's Earthworks he is currently a member of Bates's 'Human Chain' and 'Delightful Precipice'.
Parallel to his international jazz career, Ballamy has pursued his interest in world music, playing concerts in India and Europe with the Karnataka College of Percussion. He has performed and forged strong working relationships with renowned musicians from Hungary, Norway, Spain, Sudan, Brazil, and beyond…
Combined arts projects include tours with Sankalpam the contemporary Indian Dance group and Ballamy's acclaimed role as 'Steve the prat' in Simon Black's stage play Out There which toured Britain in 1995 and 1996. His distinctive saxophone voice can be heard in his improvisations for the BBC Radio 4 play Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, the film Legend, and a documentary Joseph Losey - the Man with Four Names. Ballamy recently scored the award winning film MirrorMask directed by Dave McKean for the Jim Henson company.
In 2001 he was awarded the BBC Radio 3 special award for innovation at the British Jazz awards.
He is also a specialist tutor at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of music in London.
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