SCA Ensemble in Residence 2020/21

The 2020/21 SCA Ensemble in Residence is Joshua Hyde, Alice Purton, Felix Del Tredici, and Daniel Brew.

Using the ongoing COVID crisis as an opportunity to expand regular modes of working, SCA music students will be able to workshop their projects with professional musicians, with whom they would otherwise not have access, remotely. Engaging the Ensemble in Residence through video conferencing, SCA music students will have the chance for individual consultations for specific instrumental advice, to hear examples of work performed live, to record solo works in high quality at various stages of development, to request samples or sections to be recorded so that they can be used in electronic studio work, and so much more.  

Joshua Hyde | saxophone

Joshua Hyde is an Australian saxophonist, improviser & composer based in Graz (Austria).

Internationally recognised as a leading performer of new music he is co-artistic director and saxophonist of Parisian new music ensemble soundinitiative and half of scapegoat duo (Links to an external site.) with Canadian percussionist Noam Bierstone. A member of Australia’s leading new music ensemble, Elision, he is also a regular guest with ensembles across Europe including Klangforum Wien, Musikfabrik, Ensemble Nadar and Ensemble Intercontemporain.

Joshua’s discography includes releases on Integrated Records, NMC, HCR, Wergo and Torpor Vigil, and collaborations with some of the world’s most notable composers have resulted in an extensive list of premieres. Equally at home as an improviser, his most recent release on Integrated Records, ‘Sol’, is a series of improvised reflections.

Particularly interested in the creation of immersive performance contexts, his compositional work often incorporates his own video and visual art. In 2018 the New Thread Quartet premiered ‘Bring mir einen Engel zurück’ at the DiMenna Center in New York City, and in 2017 a part of the ‘Vertical Horizons’ series was premiered with the Son d’Ar-te Ensemble at the Casa da Musica in Porto.

On faculty at the Joseph Haydn Institut at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, he teaches as part of a specialised new music masters program and has been invited to teach, perform and lecture at universities across the world including Harvard, Oxford & Stanford universities. Joshua is also artistic director and faculty member of the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy.

In 2011 Joshua won first prize and audience prize at the 3rd International Jean-Marie Londeix Saxophone Competition, and in 2014 was awarded a Kranichsteiner Musik Preis at the Darmstadter Ferienkurse.

A graduate of the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) in saxophone, chamber music and improvisation his saxophone teachers include Claude Delangle, Vincent David, Marie-Bernadette Charrier, Barry Cockroft and Ian Godfrey. Improvisation mentors have included Vincent LeQuang, Alexandros Markeas, Evan Parker and Rob Vincs, compositional guidance has come from Damien Ricketson, Pierluigi Billone, and Steven Takesugi, and he studied piano in Paris with Françoise Buffet-Arsenijevic. Joshua is currently completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Sydney Conservatorium under the supervision of Damien Ricketson & Michael Duke.

Alice Purton | cello

Alice Purton is a London-based cellist, who is much in demand as a chamber musician, contemporary music performer and improviser. Alice completed her Masters in Performance at the Royal College of Music in 2010, where she was taught by Melissa Phelps. Before this Alice studied with Karine Georgian and Raphael Wallfisch whilst she completed the prestigious Joint Course between the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester. Alice has also studied with Anssi Karttunen at the Acanthes Academie, and with Lucas Fels as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.

Alongside her work with Distractfold, Alice is also a member of Trio Atem, a Manchester-based ensemble who have been commissioning works for cello, voice and flute since 2007. Alice also appears regularly with Plus Minus Ensemble, and is the cellist with the Chagall Piano Quartet, who were recent finalists in the St. Martin-in-the-Fields chamber music competition. In 2015 she was invited to perform piano trios with Mark Knoop and Aisha Orazbayeva in the Music We'd Like To Hear series.

Alice appears on 'The Music of Making Strange', a 2013 Carrier Records portrait of composer Alex Hills, and on 'pneuma', a 2014 collection of Martin Iddon's works for Another Timbre.

Felix Del Tredici | trombone

Felix is currently based in his hometown of Montreal, Canada. The New York Times has described Del Tredici as an “extraordinarily versatile trombonist” who gives performances that are “disturbing yet fascinating” and “hair-raisingly virtuosic”. Del Tredici is an improviser, interdisciplinary artist, and a strong advocate for new music. He studied at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, as well as the Musik Akademie in Basel, Switzerland. He is a member of Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, the Fonema Consort, and the New York Trombone Consort, and has performed with Ensemble Transmission, Ensemble Signal, and Klangforum Wien. Felix is a research assistant at Matralab, and collaborates closely with the Topological Media Lab.

Daniel Brew | guitar

Dan Brew is a versatile electric guitarist working professionally across a wide range of musical styles.

In recent years he has studied under internationally recognised jazz guitarist and educator Mike Walker, from whom he continues to draw much of his influence and inspiration as a player and overall musician. 

He began studying/being involved in contemporary music during the final year of his undergraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and is profoundly grateful for the teaching and guidance of Mauricio Pauly and Rodrigo Constanzo during his time there. Soon after graduating, Daniel went on to study with Yaron Deutsch at the 2015 Impuls Academy for Contemporary Music in Graz, Austria. 

Having recently completed his Masters Degree with distinction, Daniel continues to play an integral role in many projects, spanning a wide range of musical styles, which regularly perform throughout the UK and Internationally. As well as working heavily as a session musician within the pop music industry, Daniel is a founding member in a number of contemporary jazz projects for which he also composes/arranges, namely ‘Glowrogues’ and his trio ‘Apes Grapes’. He is currently a core performer and executive director of UK-based ensemble Distractfold.