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NZ Fringe Festival: Adam Page Solo

Winner of the Best Music by an Emerging Artist Award at the 2007 Adelaide Fringe Festival and one of South Australia's finest saxophone players, Adam Page makes his debut appearance from 18 February till 1 March at Downstage Theatre as part of the 2009 New Zealand Fringe Festival. A wicked experience for all ages, fresh from a successful run at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adam Page Solo is an hilarious interactive and improvised music performance "making Mike Oldfield seem over produced" (The Sunday Mail).

Alongside other artists such as KT Tunstall Adam Page is at the forefront of a new and unique musical style which involves recording and looping individual instruments to create spontaneous compositions as part of his performance. A virtuoso saxophonist, Page is equally skilful with Bass, Keys, Percussion, Guitar, Flute, Clarinet, Vocals, Tuvan Throat Singing, Beat Boxing, Mbira (African Thumb Piano), Didgeridoo and Nose Flute, with the odd vegetable thrown in for good measure! His musical style embraces Funk, Tango, Punjabi, Classical, Jazz and Metal sometimes all at once!

Page possesses an infectious sense of humour which he uses to engage audiences of all ages in a musical journey of the highest caliber. Adam Page Solo plays from 18 February till 1 March at 9pm at Downstage Theatre (no shows Mon, Tue and Sat 21 Feb), with matinees on Sat 28 Feb, Sun 22 Feb & Sun 1 Mar at 2pm. Prices for the show range from $18 to $25. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (04) 801 6946 or in person at Downstage's box office. For up-to-date information, prices and bookings visit www.downstage.co.nz

Since winning the prestigious BEST MUSIC BY AN EMERGING ARTIST AWARD at the 2007 Adelaide Fringe Festival, Page has been going strong producing his first solo CD "ADAM PAGE SOLO no relation to han" (entering the South Australian music charts at #6), touring Australia three times and being booked to feature at the 2007 "Peats Ridge" New Years Festival in NSW as Adam Page Solo and with Electro/Dance/Funk group 'The Raucoustra' (unfortunately cancelled due to flooding!!). He successfully performed a 3 week season at the Underbelly at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland in August.

Being regarded as one of the best Saxophonists in South Australia, Adam Page has performed in Adelaide and interstate with bands and artists such as Kubrick, Cameron Undy, James Morrison, Michael Feinstein (USA), The Mike Stewart Big Band, Bob Mintzer (USA), Johnny Thunder (The Drifters), The Raucoustra and Pornland.

He has also toured the world playing Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet in orchestras on "Princess" cruise ships for 3 and a half years, playing with some of the worlds best cabaret performers. Destinations travelled to and performed in included Tahiti, Caribbean, Mexico, United States, Canada, Alaska, United Kingdom, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Greek Islands and Turkey.

Adam graduated with a bachelor of jazz performance with a score of 97% from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 1999. The following year he graduated from University with first class honours, majoring in jazz and Indian classical music.

In 2001 Adam began touring with Perth based funk band "The Jive Express", touring Australia nine times, selling out venues such as The Basement in Sydney, and New Zealand twice over a year and a half.

Other achievements have included:

- 1998 finalist in James Morrison jazz scholarship
- 1999 most outstanding saxophone player at Adelaide uni
- 2000 most outstanding post graduate jazz student at Adelaide uni
- 2000 studied and performed with world renowned Indian musician, sitarist Dr. Chandracant Sardeshmukh
- 2000 composer for Queensland based horror film "back"
- 2000 leader of Elder Conservatorium big band 3
- 2001 leader of Elder Conservatorium big band



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