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Saxophone heaven: on stage and in class

The Windcraft Centre in Nicosia is true to its goal of bringing top-notch musicians to our island to perform and also offer masterclasses. The centre has welcomed many a musician to give us a beat, including saxophonists David Lynch (from Greece) and Gilad Atzmon (Israel-born). This time the centre is going even further – to another continent – to bring us the next saxophonist who will be coming to Nicosia all the way from New Zealand.

Hayden Chisholm, who is also a composer, will perform a recital under the name The Well-Tempered Sruti Box at the Centre on Friday. The performance will include a series of songs for saxophone and sruti box developed by Chisholm. Together these two instruments produce a unique sound that is truly hypnotic.
By using overtones and improvisation, the music slowly moves through all of the keys and begins to very slowly transport the listener to other states of awareness. This music has been released twice on Hayden’s two 13-CD sets 13 Views of the Heart’s Cargo and Cusp of Oblivion.

After studying in Cologne on a scholarship, Chisholm continued his music studies in Japan and India. In 1995 he developed a new microtonal system he termed “split scales” for saxophone which he revealed on his debut solo CD Circe.

Since then his compositions have been recorded by BBC and WDR radios and he has toured and recorded extensively worldwide. He has created music for several Rebecca Horn installations as well as composing scores for her films. In 2008 the saxophonist was assistant director in the Salzburger Festspiele.
He curates the annual Plushmusic festival in Cologne and Bremen. In 2013 he released the 13-CD box set 13 Views of the Heart’s Cargo and received the German SWR Jazz Prize. In 2015 he was what is called an improviser in residence in Moers and opened the Moers Jazz Festival. In 2016 he released his second 13-CD box Cusp of Oblivion on the Moontower Foundation Edition and directed his first short film Sisyphus Runs.

He has also taught at universities throughout the world and gives yearly master classes in Greece under the G-string of Pythagoras, which applies ancient music theory for the modern saxophonist.

Any saxophone player or musician will be excited to find out that Chisholm will be giving a masterclass on Saturday morning. This is a fantastic chance for musicians to learn from the best as Chisholm has been giving masterclasses worldwide for over 20 years and is recognised not only as a leading saxophonist but also an experienced teacher dedicated to the art.

Although he specialises in intonation and sound production, his workshops cover a wide range of topics from ear training, improvisation, overtones, body work, breath, song learning, and general musicianship. He has a passion for early music education and always opens up his courses to players of all levels and other wind instruments.

Hayden Chisholm – The Well-Tempered Sruti Box
Saxophone performance. May 20. Windcraft Music Centre, 27 Xanthis Xenierou, Nicosia. 9pm. €7. Tel: 22-377748

Workshop with Saxophonist Hayden Chisholm
Workshop by the saxophone player. May 21. Windcraft Music Centre, 27 Xanthis Xenierou, Nicosia. 11am-2pm. €15/10. Tel: 22-377748

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