Manchester-born artist Jenni Watson is a Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger & Multi-Instrumentalist. She marries her talents in both performance and composition by writing a combination of smaller individual pieces and larger concept albums. Bringing her predominantly Classical music background together with a love of all music, and having a dislike of ‘pigeon-holing’, she pushes genre boundaries and is popular for composing in an aesthetic and accessible style, whether traditional acoustic or with electronics.
Her compositions have been played on Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, and have led to collaborations with Channel 4/the Hallé Harmony Youth Orchestra, Ensemble 10/10 of the RLPO, Liverpool Biennial Festival, University of Minnesota Morris Symphonic Winds and Onyx Brass (Composer).
Jenni’s works with Astute include short & sweet AAAA/T Sax quartets (in the Apollo Series, Book 3), SATB quartet (Helios), Saxophone (or Clarinet) & Piano (Chasing Angels), Saxophone Ensemble (Ket) and Soprano Sax & CD (Escalate).
Her debut album Reflections (2009), performing on S/A/T saxophones with strings & piano, launched her composition career & commission-based work – it was reportedly the first occasion in the Royal Northern College of Music’s history that an entire recital was composed by the performer.
Having studied Saxophone Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music with Rob Buckland and Andy Scott, Jenni gained a 1st class BMus degree and MMus with distinction, with both final recital marks being among the highest awarded in the college’s history. She performs regularly with her duo partner Martin Jacoby (Piano), records solo albums (such as Meditations and Honey Storm) and has performed a range concertos, solo/duo recitals and quartet recitals (with Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet).