Amy Dickson demonstrates Circular Breathing

“Don’t play the saxophone. Let it play you.” ~ Charlie Parker

Have you every heard of Circular Breathing (a technique where you can both inhale and exhale air at the same time) in a music performance?

imageThis video features internationally acclaimed Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson in her music-video for Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No 1 (1st movement) . This track features on her second album called Amy Dickson: Glass, Tavener, Nyman which is available now from Sony Music / RCA Red Seal.

Having arranged the piece for saxophone, Amy then had to spend a further 6 months learning how to circular breath in order to actually be able to play it!

In this exhibition I am memorized by beauty of both the player and the music. Her tone is so clear and her articulation precise, while still finding a way to make this a very musical and compelling performance. I challenge you to only listen to this video once.

Saxophonist Amy Dickson began lessons at the age of six and made her concerto debut ten years later. Recognized widely for her remarkable and distinctive tone and exceptional musicality, she has performed in Europe, Africa and Australasia, in venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the Sydney Opera House. She has also performed as a soloist with many orchestras throughout the world including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

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About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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2 Responses to Amy Dickson demonstrates Circular Breathing

  1. Pingback: Ondrej Smeykal on Circular Breathing | Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn

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