Higher Saxophone Studies​

Higher Saxophone studies @ Stockholm University College
of Music Education SMI

Having commissioned and premiered over 50 original Concertos and chamber music for Soprano Saxophone, I feel it is time to share this musical treasure and the required techniques with the next generation of ambitious saxophonists.
I therefore encourage You to apply to the exciting learning centre SMI * University College of Music Education in Stockholm

http://www.smi.se/english/index.html

where You will also be trained in Saxophone methodology and all musical genres where the saxophone can be heard as well as in the pedagogy needed for You to pass this knowledge on to Your future students.

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Högre saxofonstudier @ SMI

Stockholms Musikpedagogiska Institut

Efter att ha beställt och uruppfört över 50 solokonserter och kammarmusik för sopransaxofon, känner jag att det är dags att dela denna musikskatt och tillhörande teknik med nästa generation av ambitiösa saxofonister.
Vi uppmuntrar Dig därför att söka till det spännande studiecentrum som SMI är idag.

Du kommer också att utbildas i saxofonmetodik i alla tänkbara
musikgenrer där saxofonen kan höras samt utveckla pedagogiken som behövs för dig att förmedla denna kunskap till Dina framtida
studenter.

Anders Paulsson

A CORAL SYMPHONY

Welcome to the upcoming World Premiere of my Symphonic Tone Poem Kumulipo Reflections with Hawai´i Symphony Orchestra conducted by Grammy award winning JoAnn Falletta in their Masterworks Series in Honolulu on April 1st & 2nd 2017.

http://www.stockholmresilience.org/news–events/general-news/2016-09-08-a-symphony-for-the-coral-reefs.html

The Kumulipo Creation Epic has relevance for inspiring better Biosphere Stewardship globally and resonates with many other Creation legends throughout the World.

The Symphonic Tone Poem Kumulipo Reflections has also gained appreciation and gratitude among Native Hawaiians as a symbol of reconciliation and restitution, as their sacred ecological creation chant Kumulipo is presented and uplifted in soloist position with a prestigious Symphony Orchestra to an entirely new audience.

KUMULIPO REFLECTIONS Score

World class Nature photography courtesy of AZOTE will be projected during the performance.

There will also be supporting scientific community events hosted by
Conservation International, Kewalo Marine Laboratory and University of Hawai´i at Manoa.

Background information:

My intention as a composer is to create music that can inspire audiences to strengthen their commitment to environmental stewardship and also be symbols of understanding and reconciliation between cultures.
When Narissa Spies, a native Hawaiian doctorate student at Kewalo Marine Laboratory introduced me to Hawaiian Oli and the poetic beauty of the Hawaiian Creation Chant Kumulipo, it inspired me to conceive a Tone Poem as a Symphonic reflection. As a devoted environmentalist I love that the Kumulipo illustrates humanity ́s intimate relationship with every living creature and plant as our beloved ancestors and that Hawaiians regard the Coral Polyp as the most basic unit of Life.
In order to proceed in harmony with Hawaiian Culture, I seeked the mentorship of Maestro Aaron Mahi, former conductor of the Royal Hawaiian Band, the Honolulu Symphony and a Cultural Specialist.
This fruitful collaboration evolved so that Aaron Mahi will be performing the Kumulipo Chant Ka Wa Akahi as the Hawai ́i Symphony Orchestra reflects and embraces the Creation Epic from a Westerners perspective.
Sacred Hawaiian Pahu drums made of sharkskin sets a ceremonial rhythm that evokes the spirits of ancient Hawai ́i as the evolution of species grows exponentially into a mighty Celebration of Life.
The Symphonic Tone Poem Kumulipo Reflections is mirroring the architecture of the first Creation Chant: Prologue to the Night World, first Kane & Wahine, Coral Fugue,
Procession of Invertebrates, Ritornell of Guardians, God of Abundance.
My deepest gratitude to Maestro Aaron Mahi and Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra for their goodwill towards the creation and premiere of Kumulipo Reflections and to the Swedish Anders Wall Foundation, Stockholm Resilience
Center www.stockholmresilience.org and Alba Eco www.albaeco.se who are supporting this collaboration as they see Music, not just as a pleasant luxury for the ears, but as an integral part of the process of communicating Science and environmental awareness.
Mahalo nui loa,
Anders Paulsson
Artistic Director
www.coralguardians.org
kaHaloa o ke ‘a ko’a ko’a

=The long breath of the Coral * Parent to care for the Reef www.anderspaulsson.com
First impressions:
What I have thus heard and seen in the score, I can totally comprehend the leading source of your heart and spirit as the guidance of the aumakua leads you. It is indeed communicating the pauku/verses of the message of the Kumulipo, yes, E hoomau/continue please. Na Akua, na aumakua, na kini Akua are near us both here and in and around you, papahanaumokunuiakea will rejoice with harmony in concert with all of the other reefs or apapa throughout ka papahanaumoku joined together being connected by ke Kaimoana a kanaloa. Me ke aloha my brother. Ke kuaana, Aaron Mahi
Wow, what an amazing journey! I’m so pleased that I was able to meet you, and that you were able to learn about my culture. I’m so excited to be able to be part involved in this process. The little bit of your mele that I was able to hear in the video made my na’au so happy! I’m really looking forward to hearing the final product! I feel nothing but positive vibes from this! I think our kupuna are very proud of this and I can’t wait to share it with my native Hawaiian mentors. Mahalo for taking the time to really learn about our culture, and mahalo for integrating those oli into your daily life! Me Ka ha‘aha‘a, Narissa Spies

New Concerto with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

I am feeling delighted and proud to announce my first recording with the
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Petter Sundkvist

Concerto for Soprano Saxophone & Orchestra by Jonathan Sheffer.
Huge gratitude to everybody involved !

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Nordic Artists Management welcomes Anders Paulsson

  • Nordic Artists Management is delighted to announce a new artist:

    Anders Paulsson is widely recognized as one of the finest soprano saxophonists in the world. His broad experience on stage and collaboration with modern composers has brought him not only concerts in major halls such as Carnegie Hall and Berliner Philharmonie, but also a wide range of CDs and honours. He played twice at the Nobel festivities. One of them was in 1993, when Nelson Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize.

    A warm welcome to our first Soprano Saxophonist Anders Paulsson.

CELEBRATION SUITE

MIAGI – Music is a great Investment invited Anders Paulsson to the MIAGI Youth Orchestra course in Johannesburg as a saxophone instructor with the possibility of creating some music together with our young musicians that come from all South African ethnic and economic backgrounds. The success of this initial collaboration made us select him as our Composer‐in‐Residence for the MIAGI Youth Orchestra and ‘New Skool’ Orchestra in South Africa 2013‐14. The commission was to create an orchestral piece for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Democracy in South Africa, while incorporating musical elements from South African Freedom Songs, Folk music, Jazz and Western classical tradition. Anders background in both classical music and jazz combined with his deep commitment to music as a harmonizing connection between cultures are qualities that made him suitable for the assignment. The African rhythms combined with the joy of this born free generation were also part of the nucleus that would become CELEBRATION SUITE. The CELEBRATION SUITE received its world premiere performance in the Soweto Theatre on September 25, 2013 with Tshepo Tsotetsi conducting.
CELEBRATION SUITE was so well received that the orchestra decided to bring it on their European Summer tour. It has now been performed 15 times with the European premiere at the Berlin Philharmonie on June 29, 2014 and on Nelson Mandela Day in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The Reconciliation and Amaqhawe * Heroes of South Africa movements have also been performed several times with the New Skool Sextet at the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria and at Fryshuset and Lilla Akademin in Stockholm, Sweden, as well as at the Headquarters of SIDA – Swedish International Development Cooperation that also funded part of the project.
Anders intuitive ability to connect musically with any person from any culture makes him an inspired leader, composer and soloist. His ability to assimilate local music of any genre and create something new made the South Africans feel that CELEBRATION SUITE was their own music. The South African Ambassador was convinced that Anders grew up in South Africa although he had only visited for a few weeks.

At the 14th performance of CELEBRATION SUITE the orchestra showed their appreciation by giving Anders a South African name: Jabulani = Happiness. Based on these uplifting experiences we strongly recommend recruiting Anders Paulsson for any musical projects involving youth, international understanding and peace.
Sincerely,

Robert Brooks, Executive Director ‐ MIAGI
​​Pretoria, 9 May, 2015

MIAGI – Music is a great Investment, the South African developmental NGO was established in 2001 with support of the South African Department of Arts and Culture. Our Patrons are violinist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Maxim Vengerov, establisher of El Sistema Dr Jose Antonio Abreu and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, President Martti Ahtisaari.
(www.miagi.co.za https://www.facebook.com/MIAGI.SouthAfrica?ref=settings)

7th    Floor, State Theatre, 320 Pretorius Street, Pretoria 0001 / P.O. Box 13288, The Tramshed, 0126 Pretoria Tel: +27 (0)12 320 5154 / Fax: +27 (0)12 392 4160 / Email: info@miagi.co.za / Web: www.miagi.co.za
Directors: Robert Brooks (Executive Director), Klaus Döring, Maria Kurian (Chairperson), Junior John Ngulube, Enoch Phambuka Members: Ingrid Hedlund, Ayanda Holo, Matthew Krouse, Elizabeth Lindbergh, Rhulani Madale, Semane Molotlegi, Mikael Strandanger, Rod Tennant, Rudolph Willemse
A Section 21 Company – not for gain: MIAGI (Reg. No. 2001/015788/08)

ANDERS PAULSSON´s SAXOPHONE TIPS:

BLOW THE DOT:

In order to focus the air and get a beautiful projection of sound, we can practice directing the air toward a dot on the hand. Gradually increase the distance of the air bridge by slowly stretching out the hand while maintaining air contact with the dot. The other hand can be placed on your abdomen to feel the abdominal musculature work to support the targeted air. Move the other hand around the waist 360 degrees to explore air support.

FIRST NOTE:
In order to find our most natural and effective mouth position, these five steps can be useful both for beginners and professional musicians.
(1) Feel the contact between the lower lip and the fibers of the bamboo reed.
(2) Roll the reed attached to the mouthpiece slowly in and out so that you can alternate the lip folded and unfolded. Let this movement become less and less so that you find the balanced mode where the lower lip gets enough generous support of the teeth.
(3) Position the upper teeth in contact with the mouthpiece topside.
(4) Draw air through the saxophone as a milkshake. A newborn baby’s first sucking reflex = perfect lip placement. This step also helps prevent  air leaks from the corners of the mouth.
(5) Blow your tone and you have now secured a well positioned embouchure!
PITCH:
To find the saxophone´s neutral intonation we  can tune like a string instrument, i.e. on a well-greased cork sliding up to pitch from below while playing a lefthand fingered note in the lower octave. Adjust the mouthpiece by pushing it further onto the neck, raising the pitch, until you’ve reached the exact pitch for that note.
Put a reference mark in ink on the cork. Then you know the instrument’s basic pitch without changing your mouth position.
STACCATO VALVE:
Being able to play a beautiful staccato and being able to start the tone with precision requires a stable air pressure while the tongue acts as a valve that determines exactly when the tone starts. We can first practice this without an instrument in order to feel the full pressure while the tongue works like a bicycle valve. When we manage to get a crystal clear approach that is completely neutral, like a square brick, we can build on our articulation ability.
MOUTHPIECE SLIDE:
By being free to choose how much or little mouthpiece that is optimal for every musical situation, we can increase our dynamic and tonal range. It can be advantageously practiced crescendo – diminuendo. Start pianissimo with top teeth at the end of the mouthpiece, which then slowly slides into the mouth as far as it feels good and we have a beautiful fortissimo. Then slide back while we do a steady diminuendo until the tone is almost imperceptible. If you dare to do the exercise in full, it will end with a cliffhanger when the top teeth are just coming off the mouthpiece. It requires a hard and smooth mouthpiece plate without pits that your teeth can get stuck in. Allow the head to stay still so it is only the saxophone that moves.
VIBRATO:
Vibrato is an intuitive means of expression that can enhance the musical experience. The vibrato mechanics can advantageously be practiced in quintuplets or septuplets. Pay attention to the amplitude and timbre so it still feels like the original tone.
PATTERNS IN ALL KEYS:
To strengthen our relationship with our instrument, it is useful to practice everything in all keys and in all octaves. Feel free to create your own technical exercises by choosing, for example, four tones played rhythmically and accurately with a metronome at least 10 times. Double the tempo when you accurately master the slow pace. Transpose by half tones up and down until you have played in all the possible transpositions. Then take a real break – You deserved it!
VOWELS:
When we play, we can with different vowels in the mouth affect the timbre and pitch. Aah (pronounced like car) is neutral. Ee raises the pitch and create more harmonics. Oh & All (like ball) lowers the pitch and creates a rounder sound.
BREAKING POINT “SWEET SPOT”:
By keeping a fixed mouth position, play the upper octave without octave key and wait until the lower octave comes by itself, we find a breakingpoint “sweet spot” where we have the exact same mouth position and can play all the notes and intervals legato without changing anything. We then create the ideal conditions for playing all conceivable intervals legato and with the same tone quality.
HARMONICS & TOP TONES:
To achieve the beauty of safely playing notes above the traditional range requires careful preparation. It is about crystal clear imagination, hearing the tone you want before you play it, and by practicing the natural overtone series. Sigurd Rascher’s Top Tones for the Saxophone is a good guide for this adventure.
REED & MOUTHPIECE CARE:
Bamboo thrives in a humidity of 55% – 65%. Keep them on a glass plate in an airy humidor or cigar box and moisturize regularly. Wipe the mouthpiece with a clean cotton handkerchief + chopstick after the day’s play. Grease the mouthpiece and the inside of the mouthpiece with grease from the outside of the nose. This forms a water repellent film, which prevents condensation and saliva noise. The top of the reed benefits from being greased with nosefat in a unidirectional movement downhill. This will close the pores of the reed and life expectancy increases. The pores on the underside of the reed can also be closed by moving the reed in the longitudinal direction on a  glass plate, one-way, only with the thick side first, thus, no back and forth movements. Think of a cat who would prefer to be stroked along the fur!
ERGONOMICS:
The body is our primary instrument. Holding the instrument while maintaining the natural curvature of the hands and steady small finger movements are prerequisites for getting a good technique and legato. Pain from the body is a signal that we need to try a new playing position or other instruments.
Physical exercise, body awareness, meditation and relaxed symmetry are often valuable ingredients in our quest to become better musicians.GOOD LUCK !!!
Anders
Copyright Anders Paulsson Music Production 2010
www.anderspaulsson.com

Paulsson & MYO @ Berliner Philharmonie

Sunday June 29, 8pm, Concert at the Berliner Philharmonie:
http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/concerts/calendar/details/21052/

Celebrating 20 years of Freedom in South Africa:
Sunday June 29, 8pm, Concert at the Berliner Philharmonie:
http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/concerts/calendar/details/21052/
http://www.young-euro-classic.de/en/programme/details/2014-06-29-miagi-

(a MIAGI commissioned composition within the frame of a partner driven cooperation project funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria through Sida and based on songs from South Africa’’s Freedom Struggle)

Tourplan:
Berliner Philharmonie, 29 Juni
Wisby Strand, 2 Juli
Rikssalen Kungliga Slottet, Stockholm 4 Juli
Krapperup Musikhall, 9 Juli
Laiszhalle, Hamburg, 11 Juli
Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, 15 Juli
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 17 Juli

PROGRAM NOTES CELEBRATION SUITE:

The music is inspired by and partially built on Freedom Songs.
This music often proved to be stronger than weapons during the struggle against apartheid,
as illustrated in the film AMANDLA! A revolution in four part harmony.
The first movement is built on the South African freedom
classic Shosholoza, that Nelson Mandela said inspired him
with courage to work in spite of great difficulties.
It is juxtaposed and integrated with jazzriffs and Celebration music.

The second mouvement RECONCILIATION is partially based on the chorale of the Freedom Song “Thina Sizwe”
that mourns the loss of land to the the immigrants.
Music from the new arrivals is integrated into the music,
symbolizing that together we can coexist peacefully.

MAKEBA REFLECTIONS is inspired by a cappella
Folksongs and riffs fused into a contrast of smooth sailing and big band power.

KUDU BLUES is developing an original Wangani tribal theme that is often played by Kudu horns.
The bluesy quality of the riff developed into a 7 bar blues in odd meters 8, 6 and 7/4.
The imagined answers of the bush animals develop into a cacaphony of riffs culminating in a jazzy super sax chorus.

AMAQHAWE =Heroes, is dedicated to all those men and women who dedicated their lives,
and sometimes even sacrificed their lives in order to establish and uphold
a peaceful and multiethnic democracy – a Rainbow Nation.
Their exemplary achievement is and remains an inspiration to the whole world.
Musically the composition is based on traditional South African rhythms combined with Nordic harmonies
and struggling middle section that resolves into the soulful
Joy that is an inspirational trademark of South African Culture.

Worldwide release: DANJUGAN SANCTUARY with Frank Ådahl

Worldwide digital release of the song DANJUGAN SANCTUARY
with soul singer Frank Ådahl
in support of Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservationwww.prrcf.org

Anders Paulsson – Danjugan Sanctuary

Available on 24/7, 7 Digital, Basepoint, Amazon, eMusic, Gramo,
InProdicon, iTunes, Nokia, Rhapsody / Napster, SecuryCast, Spotify, WiMP

https://itunes.apple.com/…/MZSt…/wa/viewCollaboration…

The song DANJUGAN SANCTUARY is composed and dedicated
to Philippine Reef & Rainforest Conservation www.prrcf.org
and the Danjugan Environmental Education Program.
The lyricist Gerry Grey conceived the song as a
prayer for Humans to live in harmony with Nature
on our beautiful island home in the Universe.

Hear my prayer for Danjugan;

Help me heal this wounded earth!

Let this be our quiet refuge,

our reefs and forest of Life,

Home to a sacred sea

shoals of angels rest.

On its sky flies a lonely king

Guarding paradise…

…..with a cry every sunrise!

Let this rouse Your soul with a quest

not for a man to lose this island,

but for humans and nature to be one. 

Awareness – Empowerment – Stewardship
by harnessing the Synergi of Music & Science
 

www.anderspaulsson.com

Thank You for everything, Alice Babs !

Tears of gratitude and sorrow as I just learned of our dear friend Alice Babs passing on to the Heavens, where she always belonged.
Remembering so many musical and philosophical highlights performing, recording and conversing with her over the years.
In her later years she often came to my concerts, always eager to improvise a little postlude and always receiving the audience standing ovations.
Remembering our first meeting at Musik at Siljan 1991 when Nils Lindberg introduced us and we improvised an a cappela duet from two church boats with the music resounding over Lake Siljans perfectly still waters and perhaps a thousand people listening on the shores.
She was so encouraging of us younger musicians and her inspired presence transformed many occasions. She always had such a big and generous heart.
Listening to our *Don´t Be Blue* CD with Nils Lindberg, Joakim Milder, Hans Åkesson, Krister Andersson, Peter Gullin, Jan Adefelt and Bengt Stark brings back so many joyful memories.
At the age of 80, Alice Babs still had a great voice. At our concert in the Gothemburg Concert House 2004 she could improvise advanced duets with any musician of the band.
I remember her exquisite artistry with Duke Ellingtons Sacred Concerts that got me hooked on music in my early years.
Rest in Peace
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING !
Anders