30 Apr

ABC FM Sax podcast recording – New Australian music

ABC FM Eugene Goossens Hall Sydney 9:00 am - 11:59 pm

ABC Classic FM saxophone recording of new Australian Music

By 30 April 2019 – Podcast broadcast recording release
Please note this is the latest launch date. The podcast could be released earlier.
More details to be announced once recording production is confirmed.

October 2018 + February 2019  – Saxophone recording for ABC FM New Waves Program

Eugene Goossens Hall
Executive producer Stephen Adams
Music producer Andre Shrimski

Katia Beaugeais is featured soloist, performing new Australian saxophone works written specially for her.
Beaugeais will also record a new extended version of her latest soprano sax piece, Breath by Breath, that she premiered in Croatia.

WATCH Beaugeais’s premiere of Breath by Breath at the World Sax Congress in Zagreb, showcasing the pure, lyrical tones of the soprano saxophone with soothing bird-like quarter-tones, multiphonic trills and air wind sound effects alongside long passages of circular breathing in a meditative style:


Featured composers include: Professor Emerita Anne Boyd, Associate Professor Bruce Crossman, Katy Abbott, Rosalind Page and Katia Beaugeais.

Renowned pianist, Phillip Shovk of the Sydney Conservatorium, will join Beaugeais to record the new works that include saxophone and piano.

Click to enlarge photos
Photos courtesy of World Sax Congress & Professor William Street.


Concert program note

Katia Beaugeais – Breath by Breath (2018) for solo soprano saxophone
Premiered at the 2018 World Sax Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.
Recorded for ABC’s New Waves sax podcast with Beaugeais as composer-performer.

Breath by Breath explores the pure, lyrical and singing tonal colours of the soprano saxophone through the use of atmospheric contemporary playing techniques: bird-like quarter-tone trills, multiphonics (playing 2 or more notes at once), circular breathing, slap-tongue (percussive drum-like sound) and air vibrato wind sound effects. Thick textural sound mass passages featuring soothing multiphonic layers together with long arpeggiated technical passages featuring circular breathing in a meditative style create an innovative and unique work. Beaugeais’s fascination of pushing the saxophone to its limit is showcased with continuous virtuosic melodic lines, created by the saxophonist’s unconventional method of breathing to avoid a break in the sound.

Beaugeais specially composed this work for a premiere performance at the 2018 International World Sax Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. This was her first time where she composed and performed one of her own pieces without any notation or writing any ideas down. Beaugeais composed Breath by Breath through her saxophone alone, memorising her favourite compositional passages to form the piece. She has not yet notated the music.





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