Continuum Surry Hills -00019 February 19, 2012_
Photo credit: Noni Carroll

Continuum Sax will be performing at the
Canberra International Music Festival in May 2016

Continuum Sax, Australia's foremost Saxophone quartet, performs a unique repertoire exploring the expressive potential of the saxophone. Continuum Sax develop their repertoire through engagement with leading Australian and international composers in an ongoing attempt to extend an appreciation of the instrument to composers and audiences.

Australian composers Rosalind Page, Damien Ricketson, Brian Howard, Robert Davidson, Martin Kay, Margery Smith, Stuart Greenbaum, Paul Stanhope, Barry Cockcroft, and Matthew Hindson, amongst others, have contributed works that exploit the sonic beauty, technical dexterity and rhythmic fluency of the quartet. Continuum Sax has presented Australian premieres of compositions by Elena Firsova, Franco Donatoni, Salvatore Sciarrino, Gavin Bryars, Perry Goldstein, Rolf Gehlhaar and Jacob TV.

Continuum Sax have performed recitals at the 2013 Australasian Saxophone and Clarinet conference in Sydney, the 2012 World Saxophone Congress in St Andrews, Scotland, the 2011 Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival, the 2010 ISCM World New Music Days, the 2008 Restrung Festival, the 2005 Melbourne International Festival of Single Reeds, and the 2002 Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference. Continuum Sax has often featured on ABC Classic FM, for whom they have presented Sunday Live and performed for the Australia Day outdoor broadcasts from Hyde Park (2008 and 2009).

In addition to their performance schedule, the quartet is active in education, having performed and workshopped student compositions for MLC School's Australian Music Days, and presented composition and performance masterclasses for tertiary students.

Continuum Sax has released two CDs, CONTINUUM (2001) and ICON (2005). They have also released a download only album, titled Length and Breath (2011).

Continuum Sax is a member of the New Music Network.

In Review:

'György Ligeti's Six Bagatelles [were] played with that combination of unanimity and individuality by the players of Continuum Sax that is the hallmark of good chamber music.' – Sydney Morning Herald, 27 August 2010.

‘This is a group that plays as one—a really beautiful, integrated sonority...’ From Review of Continuum CD, 24 Hours Magazine (Oct. 2002).

'Deft at melding sounds, with a score or without ...'Continuum Sax do improvisation very well ... the ensemble is equally impressive when playing scored works ... making Perry Goldstein's Motherless Child Variations, with its telling references to Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, so memorable.' –'Sydney Morning Herald, 24 October 2006.

Continuum Sax announce the release of their latest recording: Length and Breath.


Continuum Sax is a member or the New Music Network