Timothy Franklin

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Tim attended the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where he graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance (Hons 1st class) majoring in saxophone. Highlights from his studies include receipt of a University Medal on graduation, and being selected to perform a concerto with the Conservatorium Symphony. His honours thesis consisted of a proportional analysis of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme.

After graduating, Tim taught saxophone and performed as a locally. During this time, he worked on his own projects, most prominently a trio with emerging local musicians Joseph O’Connor (piano) and Chris Vale (drums). This trio recorded an independent album, Fractals, in 2010. Fractals consisted solely of Tim’s compositions, and received local and interstate radio play.

Tim moved to Sydney in 2011. He began integrating saxophone improvisation with real-time electronic sound manipulation, with the goal of updating and expanding the sound-world in which the instrument operates. This project culminated in a 2012 performance, Visions of a Broken City, curated by the New Music Network and broadcast on ABC Classic FM.

Tim relocated again in 2013, this time to Melbourne. In early 2015, he released his second album, Mysteries. This album is a set of solo saxophone improvisations recorded in a heritage church. After some time away from music, Tim returned to the saxophone and to composition in 2016, performing original music with a new quartet and writing new chamber music.

(Photograph by Cameron Jamieson

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