ECM recording artist Iain Ballamy is internationally recognised as a saxophonist and composer. He has been described variously as urbane, original, melodic, freethinking and uncompromising. Listed in the BBC’s publication ‘100 Jazz Greats’ between Count Basie and Chet Baker his work is contemporary with both strong jazz and classical references and yet unencumbered by formality and tradition.
As a soloist Ballamy has performed concertos with BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras.
Career highlights include playing with Loose Tubes, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates, Kenny Werner, Gil Evans, George Coleman, Cedar Walton, The Karnataka College of Percussion, John Taylor, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin, The London Sinfonietta, Gay Dad, Everything but the Girl, Mike Gibbs, Carla Bley, June Tabor etc.
Image by Dave McKean