Alex Paxton is an award-winning composer and improvising-trombonist based in the UK. His music is stylistically pluralist. Informed by his life as a jazz musician & improviser, Alex Paxton’s work draws upon an enormous range of classical and folk music traditions and heats them into his own uniquely explosive musical voice. Much of his work is interested in incorporating soloistic improvisation and is a celebration of expressive individual existence. He is artistic director, composer and trombonist of the ensemble Dream Musics who have recorded his music with some of the UK’s most exciting creative musicians.
In 2019 Alex Paxton played and recorded his concerto Od Ody Pink’d for Jazz Musician and Royal National Scottish Orchestra (RSNO). He was a Leverhume Art Scholar with the London Philharmonic Orchestra 2016-2017: Now We Are Duh-Dur. In 2018 Alex was awarded the Harriet Cohen Memorial Music Award for his compositions and in 2017 his piece Spake represented the UK in the Orchestral section of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM).
As an improvising and jazz trombonist Alex Paxton has played as a soloist with Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) & Ensemble x.y. He has made over 100 recordings as a soloist and performs regularly in duos with pioneering improvisers, as well playing in groups such as Hyperion Ensemble (UK), Apocalypse Jazz Unit, Laura Jurd, Speckles Brass.
Extensively, Alex Paxton writes art-music for musicians in community settings including, innovative ways of writing for young instrumentalists & singers in a post-Roald Dahl world of new-music.
Alex Paxton studied as a scholar at Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music under the supervision of Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, Jonathan Cole and Mark-Anthony Turnage, Gary Carpenter, Phillip Cashian, Christopher Austin and Pete Churchill.