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Sarah Gail Brand

Assistant Lecturer in Music Performance (Trombone)


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A trombonist for over 35 years, Sarah works mainly in the area of Jazz, Improvised Music and Pop music, performing internationally, live and in the studio.

A trombonist for over 35 years, Sarah works mainly in the area of Jazz, Improvised Music and Pop music, performing internationally, live and in the studio. Sarah has also worked in commercial music, including the trombone work on the award winning Something Special: Mr. Tumble series theme and incidental music. She has worked in Contemporary Classical music notably with composer Georg Graewe in Germany and Austria and with Alexis Bennett in his 2015 contemporary opera The Electritionary, premiered at Kings Place, London. Sarah has worked with a number of UK comedians including Al Murray (Pub Landlord) and Stewart Lee – notably appearing in Comedy Vehicle 1 (BBC TV) in the ‘Apple Shop’ sketch.

Sarah’s current creative projects include her duo with drummer Mark Sanders, a trio with Steve Beresford (piano/electronics) and John Edwards (double bass) and her jazz/improvised music ensemble SGB Sextet with Liam Noble (piano) and Dave Whitford (double bass) in which she composes all the material. Sarah is also trombonist and brass arranger for the hit rock and pop sing-along group Massaoke.

Sarah studied at Middlesex University, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Goldsmith’s College (Univ. of London) and in September 2016 begins her PhD at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent. Sarah has been a lecturer and tutor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London since 2003 and is a professor in Improvisation for the MA Music Therapy and BMus and MMus Jazz Studies programmes. She is also a qualified Music Therapist and has worked in Special Needs Education and NHS therapies services. Sarah is a published researcher in the Psychology of Music Journal and has given papers at conferences at Anglia Ruskin University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Sarah is a commissioned composer, including an original score for the 1917 Charlie Chaplin classic Easy Street- live performance and screening at the Barbican Cinema, London in 2013 and her work for chamber orchestra and improvising ensemble We Should Consider The Possibility, premiered at St John’s Waterloo, London in 2014. Sarah currently has 6 CDs on release under her own name and is a featured performer on a further ten. She runs her self-release label regardless, the inaugural release being the critically acclaimed Instinct & the Body (Sarah Gail Brand trombone, Mark Sanders drums, R01) and the 2nd Dig a Ditch & Get In (Sarah Gail Brand trombone, Morgan Guberman, voice, R02). Sarah was a guest-presenter on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz on 3 (2010-2016).

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“One of the most passionate and dynamic musicians alive,” Time Out

“One of the most impressive brass soloists of her generation,” Jazz Weekly

“The complete control of the trombone's features by [Sarah] Gail is totally absorbing to the point I couldn't hold back smiles,” Stewart Lee, Sunday Telegraph

“Pointless to pick out individual contributions to music as egoless as this, but it confirms…Brand's [standing] as the most exciting trombone player for years,” Brian Morton, The Wire

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