Herts Jazz Festival, 2016
Photo credit: Melody McLaren
Today’s press release from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation states:
Ten visual artists and composers living and working in the UK each receive £60,000 over three years with no strings attached, making this the largest and most flexible award for individual artists in the UK. Among this year’s awardees is PAUL DUNMALL.
The Paul Hamlyn Awards for composers and visual artists support artists with two objectives:
– To encourage artists to continue to practice despite outside pressures, financial or otherwise.
– To support visual artists and composers, across the broadest range of practices and genres.
Paul Dunmall’s biography included in the release is as follows:
Paul Dunmall’s career has been defined by his exploration of the practice of improvisation for his primary instrument, the saxophone. His compositions often begin as fixed structures for improvisation, which then act as the framework for experimentation during their performance. Although identifying primarily as a jazz musician, his work also cuts across world, folk, classical and blues through his many collaborations.
The other composers receiving awards are Sarah Angliss, Frank Denyer, Deirdre McKay and Kate Young
The judges for the Composers’ Awards were: Joanna MacGregor OBE (Chair), John L. Walters (journalist and composer), Pete Wareham (composer and 2015 Award recipient), Stevie Wishart (composer) and Roger Wright (Chief Executive, Snape Maltings)
LINKS: LJN coverage of Paul Dunmall
I am absolutely delighted that the Composer Award has been awarded to Paul Dunmall. Paul is a modest man, so it is wonderful that he gets this recognition. It is also good that the award comes just after the amazingly successful tour with his quintet with Hamid Drake.
A great musician who's dedicated his life to making music he believes in. He and his quintet played brilliantly for us at Derby Jazz just over week ago. We've believed in him for years so it's great to see our judgement vindicated.
Great news.A richly deserved award for a lifetime of inspiring music.
Over the years your music has always been a source of inspiration and joy.