Alex (1990),“A riotous overabundance of love and rage..an extraordinary experience” The Wire Magazine, is an award-winning composer & improvising-trombonist based in the UK. “highly innovative…of exceptional creative imagination and musical energy, packed with life force unlike anything else” Ivor Novello British Composer Awards (Winner 2022).
In 2021 Alex was awarded an Ivor Novello Composer award for his piece SOMETIMES VOICES He has been nominated for the Gaudeamus Award for 2022 and was elected to the 9th International Composition Seminar and awarded a commission ILOLLI-POP for Improviser and Ensemble which he played with Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt, Germany). He has been awarded by the London Sinfonietta’s Writing the Future commission and has won the RPS Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, DANKWORTH JAZZ prize for composition BYE and was made a London Symphony Orchestra Panufnik Composer. Alex played and recorded his concerto OD ODY PINk’d for Jazz Musician and Royal National Scottish Orchestra (RSNO). He was a Leverhume Art Scholar with the London Philharmonic Orchestra 2016-2017: NOW WE ARE DUH-DUR and has been awarded the Harriet Cohen Memorial Music Award for his compositions. His piece SPAKE represented the UK in the Orchestral section of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM). He is a commissioned contributor to John Zorn’s Arcana X 2021. “Paxton is a system-crasher of genre, who merges jamming video game soundtracks, musical overtures, virtuoso chamber music and jazz improv into an unmistakable style…highly complex, sophisticated and extremely entertaining, virtuoso ad absurdum” Neue Zeitschrift fur Musik
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