Martin Kay

Photo credit Noni Carroll
Stacks Image 1
Martin Kay is a saxophonist, clarinetist, improviser and composer. In the past decade he has released ten albums as a leader or co-leader, featuring his compositions and improvisations. In 2014 Song Fwaa, an experimental trio of sax, guitar and drums released their nationally-acclaimed second album ‘Sons Of No Guns, For We Are Anomalous.’ In the same year Martin released a double album of his chamber works: ‘Chamber Music Feasts One and Two.’ This is a rare snapshot of the Sydney’s classical saxophone scene. Continuum Sax has recorded eight of Martin’s saxophone quartets. Martin’s clarinet playing is featured on two albums by The Fantastic Terrific Munkle. Tim Davies’ Grammy-nominated extended composition ‘Counting to Infinity’ features an improvised solo from Martin. Recent international performances of Martin’s compositions have been at the and the 2015 World Sax Congress in Strasbourg, the 2014 Dutch International Saxophone Convention, the 2013 Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival, and the 2012 World Saxophone Congress in St Andrew’s Scotland. Martin has performed with the Sydney and Tasmanian symphony orchestras, the Malaysian Philharmonic orchestra and Opera Australia. In 2001 Martin graduated from a Master of Music (Performance) degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and studied in New York City on a Churchill Fellowship. He is currently studying for his doctoral degree in composition.