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Andrew Ball is a saxophonist, composer, and educator. He achieved an award with distinction in 2010 for his LMusA in saxophone and graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours in Advanced Performance). Andrew is tenor saxophonist and resident composer with Barega Saxophone Quartet, and performs and tours regularly with BULLHORN nu-wave brass band, His Merry Men, and the Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra (E.M.O) big band. As a composer, he has recently been commissioned, recorded, and premiered across the world by ensembles including Collusion, E.M.O, Barega, QLD Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra, Australian Saxophone Orchestra, Andrew Kennedy, Con Artists big band, and Queensland Youth Orchestras.


 

Andrew Ball headshotAntikythera Mechanism. Andrew Ball, 2013. Score (transposed) and parts for saxophone quartet. Commissioned by Argot Project, features in Barega Saxophone Quartet album Three Serpents. From the composer: “The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient computer discovered in 1900 in a shipwreck off an island in Greece. It is a form of clockwork automaton that accurately calculates the position of celestial bodies and can predict events like solar eclipses. The Antikythera Mechanism predates known similar technology by almost 2000 years, leaving its past shrouded in mystery. The interaction of metric aspects within this piece takes inspiration
from the complex ratios and structures of the mechanism’s gear train”.
Andrew Ball headshotThree Serpents. Andrew Ball, 2013. Score (transposed) and parts for saxophone quartet, doubling ST/AB/TS/BA. Features in Barega Saxophone Quartet album Three Serpents. From the composer: “Three Serpents is composed in three continuous and interrelated movements: Hydra, Ouroboros, and Coatlique. Each movement is inspired in some way by elements of the mythology and symbolism behind these ancient Greek and Aztec ‘snake’ deities. The work is always driven by the rhythmic ‘groove’; accurate pulsing and subdivision is vital for the ensemble”.
Andrew Ball headshotSpring and Rust is in Bloom. Andrew Ball. Score (transposed) and parts for saxophone quartet SSTB OR SSAB. Features in Barega Saxophone Quartet album Three Serpents. From the composer: “Spring and Rust is in Bloom was originally written for flute, oboe, and bass clarinet as a commission for the Aurora Australis Wind Trio. The work’s title alludes to a conceptual juxtaposition of the natural and artificial play on the words ‘spring’ and ‘rust bloom’. It should be performed in a playful and energetic ‘swung’ style. Performers may choose their preferred instrumentation: two soprano and one baritone saxophone – as a trio, or with the addition of either alto or tenor sax (both parts are the same)”.
Andrew Ball headshotSpring and Rust is in Bloom. Andrew Ball, 2012. Score (transposed) and parts for wind trio of flute, oboe, bass clarinet. From the composer: “Spring and rust is in bloom was originally written…as a commission for the Aurora Australis Wind Trio. The ensemble won the 2012 4MBS Ross Peters chamber music prize performing the work. The work’s title alludes to a conceptual juxtaposition of the natural and artificial play on the words ‘spring’ and ‘rust bloom’. It should be performed in a playful and energetic ‘swung’ style”.

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