Photo by Bridget Elliot: Katia Beaugeais – Sydney Opera House
2019 ABC Classic Podcast of New Australian Sax Music
Katia Beaugeais is featured soloist performing 5 new Australian saxophone works written specially for her. She also performs her latest soprano sax piece, Breath by Breath, which she premiered at the World Sax Congress in Croatia.
Listen to how Beaugeais circular breathes for seven minutes to produce long, meditative, endlessly flowing string-like arpeggiated patterns without taking a proper breath and breaking the sound.
Interviews provide a behind the scenes look into how each piece was composed. Beaugeais explains her aim and passion in helping composers create new and diverse Australian saxophone repertoire.
ABC Sydney – Eugene Goossens Hall
ABC Classic New Waves program
Recording + Interviews: October, December 2018 & February 2019
Composers Katia Beaugeais, Katy Abbott, Anne Boyd, Bruce Crossman, Rosalind Page.
Performer Katia Beaugeais (soprano & alto saxophones)
Pianist Phillip Shovk of the Sydney Conservatorium joins Beaugeais in the saxophone and piano works.
Executive producer Stephen Adams
Music producer Andre Shrimski
Sound engineers: Jason Blackwell & Andrew Edgson
Concert program note
Katia Beaugeais – Breath by Breath (2018) for solo soprano saxophone
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 endlessy flowing arpeggiated 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 the saxophonist’s unconventional method of breathing to avoid a break in the sound, like a string instrument.
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.