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Jason Yarde


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Composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist Jason Yarde writes music that has been described as powerful, spiritual, evocative, rhapsodic, hair-raising and formidable. He composes across variety of styles (progressive jazz, classical, hip-hop fusion, free improvisation, broken beats, R&B, reggae, soul, song writing) and for a variety of media (orchestras, chamber ensembles, big band, dance, film, electro-acoustic and midi) and his potential and originality is such that he was nominated for the Bird Award at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival and for the Jazz on 3 Innovation Award for the 2005 and 2006 BBC Jazz Awards. In 2006 Jason participated in the LSO’s Discovery Panufnik Young Composers Scheme which is designed to facilitate the development of orchestral writing for talented young composers and in 2007 he is an LSO Sound Adventure Artist.

Jason Yarde began playing alto and soprano saxophones with the Jazz Warriors while still a teenager and then went on to MD this landmark orchestra and became one of the principal writers. He has a BA (Hons) in Performance Arts from Middlesex University - a degree that incorporated a year at William Paterson College in New Jersey where he studied orchestration, studio engineering, jazz performance and saxophone under Joe Lovano, Gary Smulyan and Steve Wilson.

As well as composing for his own performance projects – primarily small to medium sized contemporary jazz ensembles – he has written for dance (JazzX-Change Music & Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Company and Jonzi-D Productions), music theatre (Jonzi-D’s Aeroplane Man) and TV – highlights include the original music for Rough Crossings) – drama-documentary based on the Simon Schama book of the same name (BBC2)

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    Rhythm and Other Fascinations has blown up my mind! I can't wait for the CD, I hope there's going to be one...

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