Andrew Saragossi

Saxophonist | Composer | Improviser | Educator | Organiser

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BIOGRAPHY

With a passion for the unorthodox and a knack for cultivating unique ensemble identities, Australian saxophonist, composer and improviser Andrew Saragossi has established himself across several and varied creative outlets as a chameleon with a wind instrument - not bound by genre or personal taste, but by a relentless search for deeper musical meaning.

“No pedestal, no bullshit, just music that means something, music that comes from somewhere and I think the audience can find their way into his world feeling comforted and welcomed.”
Brodie Mcallister – MADE NOW MUSIC

Saragossi’s artistic practice is multidimensional. Whilst firmly grounded in the jazz tradition, his affinity for experimentation and informed use of extended instrumental techniques has evolved to broaden his sonic potential into a realm beyond the stereotypical function of the saxophone. His creative work sits equally in the abstract as it does in the conventional, as he seeks to transcend the extremities of the avant-garde into something more accessible and holistic. At its core, his approach achieves an honest balance between raw spontaneous expression and refined execution – always in service of the music at hand.

Currently based in the Netherlands, Saragossi has released music with several co-led original projects spanning both Europe and his native Australia including; his experimental-folk duo MEATSHELL (Winners 2020 Maastricht Jazz Awards (NL); debut album “Afar” 2019 – MADE NOW MUSIC); avant-bogan, progressive-jazz trio Milton Man Gogh (Nominee 2018 Young Artist of the Year, Australian Jazz Awards; “How to Be Big & Small (At The Same Time)” 2019, “XXXX Bitter Irony” 2018, “Stress to Impress” 2017 – Art as Catharsis); contemporary jazz group AHA Trio (Finalists 2020 Burghausen Jazz Awards (GER); debut album “Against All Odds” 2019); and jazz/free improvised trio George Cauldron (“If We Ever Play Again” 2018 – SuperSonic).

He has also featured on albums spanning a wide variety of other projects, some being; Niran Dasika’s “Assorted Drone Music” (2020); minimalist/post-rock quintet Jive Canyon (“Ghost on the Loose” 2018 – SuperSonic); Martin Kay’s animal inspired jazz septet Forage (“Move to the Bleat” 2018 – SuperSonic); and experimental/ambient electronic group Concocted Consciousness which featured the poetry and spoken-word of Admas Tewodros (Self Titled, 2018 – SuperSonic).

In his career so far, Saragossi has been honoured to perform with the likes of, Randy Brecker (USA), Kristin Berardi (2006 Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition Winner), Steve Newcomb (QLD Conservatorium Head of Jazz), Tom Burlinson (AUS Film & Theatre Star), Zac Hurren (Australian National Jazz Award Winner), Erik Griswold (USA/AUS), Isabelle Duthoit (FRA) & Franz Hautzinger (AUT), Mike Roelofs (NL), BULLHORN and Resin Dogs; performing at the Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Queensland Music Festival, MONA (Hobart), JazzLab (Melbourne), Bonnefantenmuseum (NL) and The Piano Mill (Stanthorpe) to list a few. He has also been heavily involved with the Electric Moon Theatre Company (Brisbane) since 2014 and has performed in several stage shows/musical tributes at the Brisbane Cabaret Festival and Melbourne Cabaret Festival as well as being in the resident band for the Twin Peaks Cast in Conversation Australian Tour (2018).

In 2019 Saragossi’s duo MEATSHELL (featuring Helen Svoboda, bass/vox) won the inaugural Award for Innovation in Music (Maastricht, NL) for their debut immersive theatre production “Peaceful Co-Existence” which they wrote, produced and performed in. They continued this success by winning the 2020 Maastricht Jazz Awards (NL) and making the finals of the 2020 B-Jazz Competition (Leuven, BE) alongside Saragossi’s other project Milton Man Gogh. Personally, Saragossi was also awarded the Colin Biedermann Memorial Scholarship to attend the 2019 School for Improvisational Music (SIM) Summer Creative Intensive in Brooklyn, NY under the mentorship of some of his musical heroes including Ralph Alessi, Tim Berne, Tony Malaby and Kris Davis.

Aside from performing, Saragossi is also the Head of Production at Jazz Maastricht and has produced shows for the likes of Avishai Cohen & Yonathan Avishai, Kairos 4tet, Richard Bona, Gilad Hekselman, Pablo Held and Maria Mendes. He is a also a co-founder and director of Brisbane-based independent record label Green Chimneys Records through which he has produced and promoted shows 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 the sub-label SuperSonic with a focus on capturing and documenting the creative and innovative music happening in the Brisbane scene and providing opportunities for artists to record, release and perform their music.

Saragossi has just recently completed his Master of Music studies at Conservatorium Maastricht under Greg Torunski (POL), Frank Gratkowski (GER), Roger Hanschel (GER), Ben van Gelder (NL), Eva van Grinsven (NL) and Reiner Witzel (GER). His research focus revolved around functional applications of extended instrumental techniques and has heavily informed his technical and stylistic approach in the duo MEATSHELL whose second album “Since Subito” is set for release in late 2020/early 2021.


DISCOGRAPHY

As Leader/Co-Leader:

AHA Trio
Against All Odds (2019)

MEATSHELL
Afar (2019)
MADE NOW MUSIC

Milton Man Gogh
How To Be Big & Small (At The Same Time) (2019)
Art As Catharsis

George Cauldron
If We Ever Play Again (2018)
SuperSonic

Milton Man Gogh
XXXX Bitter Irony (2018)
Art As Catharsis

Milton Man Gogh
Stress to Impress (2017)
Art As Catharsis


Also Appears On:

Niran Dasika
Assorted Drone Music (2020)

Helen Svoboda's Sprout
Sleep Architecture (2019)
SuperSonic

BCO
Volume 1 (2018)
SuperSonic

Jive Canyon
Ghost on the Loose (2018)
SuperSonic

Concocted Consciousness
(2018)
SuperSonic

Martin Kay's Forage
Move to the Bleat (2018)
SuperSonic

Matt's Mates
Bodies of Water (2018)
SuperSonic

Jive Canyon
JJIIVVAA (2017)

Upcoming Shows
2020 is Cancelled :(

Past Shows  
10/02/2020Maastricht Jazz Award Finals w/MEATSHELL @ The MuziekgieterijMaastricht, NL
26/01/2020ABS Restaurant & Bar for "Real Live Jazz" w/MEATSHELLCologne, DE
02/02/2020Cafe & Bar Zuhause w/MEATSHELLAachen, DE
18/11/2019AHA Trio "Against All Odds" Album Launch @ C.KellerWeimar,DE
17/11/2019AHA Trio "Against All Odds" Album Launch @ TräumchenErfurt, DE
16/11/2019AHA Trio "Against All Odds" Album Launch @ KopfsalatLeipzig, DE
15/11/2019AHA Trio "Against All Odds" Album Launch @ The Treehouse Maastricht, NL
08/11/2019AIM Award Finals w/MEATSHELL @ BonnefantenmuseumMaastricht, NL
29/10/2019Franz w/Helen Svoboda, Steffan Thormählen & Stefan MichalkeAachen, DE
04/11/2019Mandagsklubben w/Joakim Rainer Peterson & Håkon BerreCopenhagen, DK
12/10/2019Deep Listening Night w/MEATSHELL @ The TreehouseMaastricht, NL
11/10/2019Pavilijoen Ongehoerd Muziek w/MEATSHELL Eindhoven, NL

Meatshell

// MEATSHELL is the experimental-folk duo of Helen Svoboda (contrabass/voice) and Andrew Saragossi (tenor saxophone). With a shared curiosity for the subtle beauty of things, the pair cultivates unconventional sound worlds, transcending traditional song forms by emphasising the power of story telling through sound. Infused with elements of minimalism, contemporary jazz and free improvisation, the music is intimate, raw and unapologetically honest.

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

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aha trio

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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