Iain Ballamy

Iain Ballamy is an internationally recognised saxophonist and composer. He is currently a visiting tutor at RWCMD, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Leeds College of Music, and Royal Academy of Music.

He is listed in the BBC’s publication 100 Jazz Greats between Count Basie and Chet Baker, and was presented with the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2001.

As a composer, Ballamy has written soundtracks for two movies directed by Dave McKean, ‘Luna’ and ‘Mirrormask’, the later produced and released worldwide by the Jim Henson Company.

In 2007 Ballamy was the first Jazz musician to receive the prestigious Paul Hamlyn composer’s award.

As a soloist Ballamy performed ‘Concerto for Stan Getz’ by Richard Rodney Bennett with the BBC Concert Orchestra and premiered Gary Carpenter’s saxophone concerto SET live on Radio 3 with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014.

Ballamy has appeared in clubs worldwide and at most important Jazz festivals including Berlin, North Sea, Saarfelden, Montreux, Montreal, Vancouver, and Florence.

Beyond appearing on 70 CD releases as both a leader and sideman, other highlights of a career spanning over 30 years include playing with Loose Tubes, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates, Kenny Werner, Gil Evans, George Coleman, The Karnataka college of percussion, John Taylor, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin, The Britten Sinfonia, Gay Dad, Everything but the Girl, Guy Chambers, Mike Gibbs, Carla Bley and John Dankworth.

He continues to tour and record with the virtuoso Norwegian button accordionist Stian Carstensen as a duo known as ‘The Little Radio’.