Or­ches­tra has sax ap­peal

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

MU­SI­CIAN, com­poser and ar­ranger Tim Ne­w­house at­tributes his suc­cess to be­ing a mem­ber of the WA Youth Jazz Or­ches­tra, whose mem­bers range in age from 14 to 25.

“It’s given me all the op­por­tu­ni­ties that I’ve had or has been linked to ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that I’ve had in the in­dus­try so far,” Ne­w­house said.

“This is my sixth year at WAYJO; I joined when I was in Year 11 af­ter au­di­tion­ing un­suc­cess­fully the pre­vi­ous year.

“I was do­ing sax­o­phone at school and re­ally got into jazz mu­sic but my school didn’t re­ally of­fer a lot of jazz ed­u­ca­tion.

“I wanted to play more with other peo­ple who were like-minded and loved jazz as well.

“I had many friends who were al­ready in the band, so I thought it sounded awe­some and the rest is his­tory.”

Ne­w­house com­pleted his Un­der­grad­u­ate in Com­po­si­tion at WAAPA last year and is study­ing his hon­ours.

He trav­elled to Mel­bourne and Brisbane ear­lier this year on WAYJO’s Jack Ben­dat Travel Schol­ar­ship to col­lab­o­rate with other big band en­sem­bles.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence was ba­si­cally do­ing con­certs and record­ings of my own mu­sic with those bands as a fea­tured guest com­poser,” the 21-year-old said.

“I also had lessons from a bunch of com­posers who lived over there.”

The sax­o­phon­ist, who also plays flute, clar­inet and pi­ano, is preparing for WAYJO’s con­cert It Don’t Mean A Thing! at As­tor The­atre on Septem­ber 17.

He said the an­nual show at the venue func­tioned as a his­tor­i­cal over­view of mu­sic for big band and jazz or­ches­tra, with a reper­toire from the 1920s to now.

This year’s per­for­mance will fea­ture spe­cial guest clar­inet player and Hale School grad­u­ate Ben Clapin and mu­si­cians from Showa Univer­sity in Ja­pan.

“Ben played in the band last year and is study­ing at Ox­ford Univer­sity in Eng­land; he’s an amaz­ing clar­inet­tist,” Ne­w­house said.

“WAYJO has a cul­tural ex­change pro­gram with Showa Univer­sity where each year we send some of our mu­si­cians to play with them and some of their mu­si­cians come here.

“I haven’t gone to Ja­pan but I’m hop­ing to at some point; it’s an amaz­ing pro­gram.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d458903

Tim Ne­w­house will per­form in As­tor The­atre this month. It Don't Mean A Thing! at

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