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Jay Byrnes

Jay Byrnes
Jay Byrnes is one of the most pre-eminent figures in the Australian saxophone scene. A passionate performer, arranger, researcher and educator, Byrnes is a specialist in the performance of transcriptions and the fervent discussion of music's culture. Renowned for his interpretations of music (from Bach to Piazzolla), Byrnes has developed a reputation as a versatile and vibrant musician; acclaimed for his dynamic stage presence and rigorous attention to stylistic performance. He regularly performs throughout Europe, South America and Australasia as both a soloist and chamber musician. Aside from his busy performance career, Byrnes has become an authority in interpreting music of other eras and cultures on the Saxophone with particular focus in Latin American music, Aboriginal Australian music and music of the baroque era. In 2016 Byrnes completed his DMA (Doctorate of Musical Arts), researching the performance of tango music for the classical saxophonist, his thesis titled 'The Devil's Horn and the music of the Brothel' receiving the highest awards. In 2015 Byrnes released his debut CD, El Asunto Del Tango an album that featured his research through performance. In 2010 Byrnes completed his Masters in Music at ESMAE, Porto, Portugal with a focus on interpreting Baroque music on the saxophone. This was the beginning of his pursuance into other music's cultures. Byrnes has held teaching positions in the United Kingdom, Venezuela and Australia. He is a casual lecturer and tutor at Sydney University (Sydney Conservatorium of Music), coordinating the Fundamentals of Music 1 program. He has also given guest lectures for Sydney University's 'Latin American studies' course and performance courses Byrnes is the Director of Saxophone Academy Sydney.
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