Residency. Joe Wright : Open Saxophone Duets. Every Friday during July: 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th

Open Saxophone Duets is a research project that offers you the chance to participate in a 1-1 performance using a saxophone/dynamic feedback system. Each session lasts half an hour, and you decide how much you want to play (solo/duo), listen, or talk. You don’t need to know how to play the saxophone to take part.

In this project, Joe Wright explores questions at the intersection of his research into inclusive instrument design and improvising practice. In what ways does a participant’s level of technical knowledge contribute to the exploration of a semi-chaotic instrument? How do duets between two experienced saxophonists differ to duets of one experienced player and one novice, and how does this dynamic affect collaborative curiosity, exploration and play? Finally, in what ways can a 1-1 participatory performance, in which the roles of audient and performer become blurred, create an experience for all participants that is unlike a conventional solo performance?

The residency takes place every Friday afternoon in July between 5pm and 8pm. All sessions are free of charge. If you would like to reserve a place, please email

Joe is an experimental musician and researcher based in London. His recent work as a saxophonist has focused on finding and establishing a semi-chaotic relationship with the instrument in improvisation. Joe’s PhD research aims to create instruments with and for young people on the autistic spectrum that encourage sonic exploration and play.

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