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Jeff Henderson

Composer, Performer, Presenter

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Born: 1973

Biography

Jeff Henderson is a well-known solo improviser and multi-instrumentalist. A specialist on saxophones and clarinet, Jeff also plays guitar, banjo, piano, percussion, uses voice, and anything else that the music requires.

Born in 1973, Jeff attended the Wellington Conservatorium of Music, graduating in 1992. He has performed with such internationally renowned musicians as Steve Lacy, Mark Sanders, Tony Buck, William Parker, Han Bennink, Clifford Barbaro, Mike Nock, Jim Denley, Thomas Lehn, Johannes Bauer, Tetuzi Akiyama, Marilyn Crispell, Anthony Pateras, Clayton Thomas, Anthony Donaldson, Gerard Crewdson, Richard Nunns, John Edwards and Kris Wanders.

Jeff has an extensive history as an accompanist and participant in, and composer for, live musical theatre and other collaborative works including numerous projects with Alan Brunton and Sally Rodwell of Red Mole Theatre, Stephen Bain and Madeline MacNamara. He has been involved in music for film, including recipient of the Harriet Friedlander Residency, Florian Habicht’s documentary feature Rubbings from a Live Man, and has also performed with Stroma, placing a foot in the contemporary/classical camp. He has received several major commissions, often for large ensembles and features on numerous recorded releases. Jeff has performed at many major national and international festivals throughout Australia, Asia and Europe. He currently performs with the bands Fertility Festival, The Melancholy Babes and Colin McCabre.

In New Zealand Henderson founded two performance venues in Wellington which he operated and managed for ten years, founded and operated the Bomb the Space Festival of Experimental music, was artistic director of the Wellington International Jazz Festival for ten years and publishes recordings on two record labels. His project Urban Taniwha with Richard Nunns and Marilyn Crispell featured a 16-piece band and toured New Zealand in 2000.

Jeff has composed and performed for contemporary music ensemble Stroma, toured NZ and Japan with drummer Shoji Hano, directed the play ‘First June’ by Melody Nixon and collaborated with Australian experimental film maker Louise Curham. Recent projects include Jazzmares, an album of original compositions recorded live in 2014 with Dreamville, and an artist residency at Wired Lab in NSW. Jeff is also director of The Audio Foundation.

[As a recipient of a 2008 Arts Foundation New Generation Award more information about Jeff Henderson can be found on the Arts Foundation website.]


Composed (50)

bark

an improvisation by sync / shed with vocal, chamber ensemble and electronics


beat ant

an improvisation by sync / shed with vocal, chamber ensemble and electronics, 8m 1s


Beyond Reason

for alto sax, acoustic bass and drums (semi-improvised), 9m


clums

an improvisation by sync / shed with vocal, chamber ensemble and electronics, 9m 27s


Dead Cardinal

for alto saxophone, bass guitar, and drums


ditch digger

an improvisation by sync / shed with vocal, chamber ensemble and electronics


Dodecahedrons

for alto saxophone, bass guitar, and drums, co-composed with Tom Callwood, and Anthony Donaldson


Doubt

for alto sax, acoustic bass and drums (semi-improvised), 10m


evan and maceo swap gigs

an improvisation by sync / shed with vocal, chamber ensemble and electronics, 13m 12s


Exctinct Species

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Excuse

for alto sax, acoustic bass and drums (semi-improvised), 5m


Gentle Folk

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Hades Hens Night

for alto saxophone, bass guitar, and drums, co-composed with Tom Callwood, and Anthony Donaldson


Head on the Tracks

for baritone saxophone, drums and bass, 8m 40s


Here Seas Peak

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Improvisation

an improvisation with Agus Supriawan for suling and piano, 11m 33s


Improvisation

an improvisation with Agus Supriawan for kacapi and alto saxophone, 14m 17s


Improvisation

an improvisation with Agus Supriawan for voice, khendang and tumutumu (stones), 8m 19s


Improvisation

an improvisation with Agus Supriawan for Khendang and alto saxophone, 13m 41s


Innocence of Light

a theatrical work


Isle and Light

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Jazz Diabolique

for alto saxophone, bass guitar, and drums, co-composed with Tom Callwood, and Anthony Donaldson


La Morte

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Material Instinct

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Meat Ox

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Missed Children

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Mistake in the Grass

for alto saxophone, bass guitar, and drums, co-composed with Tom Callwood, and Anthony Donaldson


On The Wall

for alto saxophone, bass guitar, and drums


Opium I

for alto saxophone, bass guitar, and drums, co-composed with Tom Callwood, and Anthony Donaldson


Opium II

for alto saxophone, bass guitar, and drums, co-composed with Tom Callwood, and Anthony Donaldson


Opium III

for alto saxophone, bass guitar, and drums, co-composed with Tom Callwood, and Anthony Donaldson


Paper Sand

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Quiet Night

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Redaction

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Revival

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Routine Inspection

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Rumi Nation

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Sine Language

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Sleeping Giant

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Snow Grind

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


square pig

an improvisation by sync / shed with vocal, chamber ensemble and electronics


The Cause

for alto sax, acoustic bass and drums (semi-improvised), 15m


The Reason

for alto sax, acoustic bass and drums (semi-improvised), 11m


This Appearing World

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Tough Fairy, My Dear

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Trap

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Tripped It

fro taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


UnCage My HeArt

for 14 musicians and conductor, 33m 4s


Urban Taniwha

for mixed ensemble including Taonga Puoro, 1h 15m


Zig Zag

inspired by Len Lye and music composed by Jeff Henderson, David Donaldson, David Long, Chris O'Connor, Steve Roche, Janet Roddick, and Tim Gruchy