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Andrew Saragossi is not one to limit himself by genre or approach. With a passion for the unorthodox and a knack for developing unique ensemble identities, he has quickly established himself across many different creative outlets as an ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker and performer.
Originally from Brisbane, Australia but now based in the Maastricht, Netherlands, Saragossi (28) is a saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist specialising in jazz and improvised music. Feeling limited with conventional saxophone playing, his current practice is centred on exploring the complete potential of the saxophone to occupy non-traditional musical roles and functions by utilising both conventional and extended instrumental techniques. This concept has come to fruition in his new duo project Meatshell with contrabassist/vocalist Helen Svoboda. Dubbed experimental-folk, the pair combines traditional song forms and harmony with unusual instrumental techniques, emphasising the power of story telling through sound. Meatshell just released their debut album “Afar” through experimental label MADE NOW MUSIC and will be touring Europe in late 2019.
As a performer and composer, Saragossi is most recognised for his work with the eccentric progressive-jazz trio Milton Man Gogh who recently garnered a nomination for Young Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2018 Australian Jazz Awards (the BELLS) as well as being a finalist in the 2018 International Song Writing Competition.
Saragossi is also a founder and director of independent record label Green Chimneys Records with which he has promoted shows in Brisbane for a vast array of internationally renowned artists in the jazz and hip-hip spheres including Oddisee (USA), Black Milk (USA) and KNOWER (USA). In 2018 he launched sub-label SuperSonic with a focus on capturing and documenting the creative and innovative music happening in Brisbane and providing opportunities for artists to record, release and perform their own music. Since February 2018, SuperSonic has recorded and released 16 albums and has maintained a monthly residency/showcase, which has been well supported and continues to grow in popularity.
2019/2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Saragossi. He was fortunate to receive the Colin Biedermann Memorial Scholarship and will be attending the 2019 SIM (School for Improvisational Music) Summer Intensive program in Brooklyn, New York under the direction of trumpeter Ralph Alessi. Afterward he will return to Europe to complete his Master of Music studies at Conservatorium Maastricht where he will also commence work with the arts organisation Jazz Maastricht as Head of Production. Later in the year he will be releasing the debut album from his new project AHA trio, featuring Helen Svoboda again on contrabass and Andre van der Heide (GER) on drums.
|15/11/2019||AHA Trio "Against All Odds" Album Launch @ The Treehouse||Maastricht, NL||Event Page|
|16/11/2019||AHA Trio "Against All Odds" Album Launch @ Kopfsalat||Leipzig, DE||Event Page|
|17/11/2019||AHA Trio "Against All Odds" Album Launch @ Träumchen||Erfurt, DE||Event Page|
|18/11/2019||AHA Trio "Against All Odds" Album Launch @ C.Keller||Weimar,DE||Event Page|
|20/11/2019||Blues Cafe Duke w/Helen Svoboda & Achim Bill||Maastricht,NL||Event Page|
|23/11/2019||Maastricht Jazz Award Semi-Finals w/MEATSHELL @ Muziekgieterij||Maastricht, DE||Event Page|
|26/01/2020||TBA w/MEATSHELL||Cologne, DE||Event Page|
|02/02/2020||TBA w/MEATSHELL||Aachen, DE||Event Page|
|08/11/2019||AIM Award Finals w/MEATSHELL @ Bonnefantenmuseum||Maastricht, NL||Tickets|
|29/10/2019||Franz w/Helen Svoboda, Steffan Thormählen & Stefan Michalke||Aachen, DE||Event Page|
|04/11/2019||Mandagsklubben w/Joakim Rainer Peterson & Håkon Berre||Copenhagen, DK||Event Page|
|23/10/2019||Bluecafe Duke w/Yule Sun, JT Hwang, Helen Svoboda & Max Hilpert||Maastricht, NL||Event Page|
|14/10/2019||Jack Million Band @ The Tapijn||Maastricht, NL||Event Page|
|12/10/2019||Deep Listening Night w/MEATSHELL @ The Treehouse||Maastricht, NL||Event Page|
|11/10/2019||Pavilijoen Ongehoerd Muziek w/MEATSHELL @ The Treehouse||Eindhoven, NL||Event Page|
|09/10/2019||Bluecafe Duke w/Carl Zinsius Quartet||Maastricht, NL||Event Page|
|25/10/2019||Bluecafe Duke w/Ildo Nandja Quintet||Maastricht, NL||Event Page|
MEATSHELL is the experimental-folk duo of Helen Svoboda (contrabass/voice) and Andrew Saragossi (tenor saxophone). The name encompasses the physicality, intensity and vulnerability of playing with two. With a shared curiosity for the subtle beauty of things, the pair combines traditional song forms and unconventional instrumental techniques, emphasising the power of story-telling through sound. Infused with elements of minimalism, improvisation and contemporary jazz, the music is raw and exposed, yet full-bodied and perpetual, propelled by the momentum of the human heartbeat.
Meatshell’s debut album “Afar” was released in June 2019, through Australian independent label MADE NOW MUSIC. Recorded at Daltoon Studio in Eindhoven, NL, the music is a manifestation and embodiment of the duo’s personal experiences in leaving behind the comfort and familiarity of home, exploring themes of fear, uncertainty, risk and limitless possibility. “Afar" isn’t your father’s jazz album, nor does it fit comfortably into subgenre molds... but it’s undeniably a fantastic album exploring the fringes of jazz, modern classical and post-minimalism, coming from some of the Australian scene’s exciting young talents. Jazz or not, it’s certainly worth your time and attention." - Scott Murphy (Heavy Blog is Heavy) 2019
MIlton man gogh
A “jazz trio” that eschews the mantle and gives it some crushed up No-Doz tablets; Milton Man Gogh is the collaborative effort between Andrew Saragossi (Tenor Saxophone), Zac Sakrewski (Double Bass/Effects) and Benjamin Shannon (Drums & Percussion). The Brisbane based trio’s distinct style and approach to music making is aimed at bringing together the often far- spread constellations of music lovers; from the festival stage, to the cellar jazz club through to the living room metal show. With an energetic and unpredictable live show which saw them share the stage with KNOWER (USA) at the 2018 Brisbane International Jazz Festival, MMG have rapidly become one the Australian jazz-sphere’s must see acts.
Their most recent album “How to be Big and Small (At the Same Time)” (2019) released through eclectic Sydney label Art as Catharsis is third and most mature offering from the trio. Featuring special guest performances from award-winning Australian improvisers Kristin Berardi (vocals) and Toby Wren (guitar), the albums serves as a multi-layered perspective and powerful manifestation of the band’s philosophy and sound; striking a balance between the precise and expressive, serious and ridiculous.
Milton Man Gogh were one of three artists nominated for Young Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2018 Australian Jazz Awards and also received a Highly Commended award at the 2018 Queensland Music Awards for their debut album “Stress to Impress”. Their debut single “Fork (In a World of Soup)” was selected as a finalist in the 2018 International Songwriting Competition as well being voted #75 on the 4ZZZ Hot 100; the only instrumental track to ever be on this list until 2019 where the title track from their EP "XXXX Bitter Irony" came in at #60.
"Milton Man Gogh excel at creating a diverse palate of emotions through frequent but deliberate changes in phrasing and playing dynamics. The sludge-ridden double-bass lines and aggressive, percussive insanity juxtapose almost too-perfectly with the many genuinely beautiful moments which catch the listener entirely off-guard, simultaneously becoming aware of the goosebumps running down their arm and the single tear welling in their eye."
– William France, Heavy Blog Is Heavy
AHA Trio is the chordless-experimental-jazz-trio of Andrew Saragossi (tenor saxophone - Greece/Australia), Helen Svoboda (contrabass & vocals - Finland/Australia) and André van der Heide (drums - Germany/Netherlands). With a common passion for spontaneous explorations of strange melodies, their music is focused distinctly on freedom and uninhibited interaction.
Upon meeting in Maastricht in late 2018, the three musicians were immediately drawn towards each other’s uniquely expressive playing styles, forming an uncommon level of kinship from their first musical collaboration. Their collective sound is largely inspired by the artistic freedom of Ornette Coleman, the angular precision of Jim Blacks’ ‘Endangered Blood’, and the folk-ish melodic style of Bill Frissell. A distinguishable element of AHA’s music is related also to their improvisational approach, in which they build upon foundational melodies as a unit - often without a distinct soloist at the forefront. In this regard, the input is equal in terms of sonic contribution.
After successful performances in the Netherlands & Germany and a selection as finalist in the 2018 Maastricht Jazz Awards, AHA Trio are now releasing their debut EP "Against All Odds", available November 2019.
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