Carlos Lopez-Real


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I'm a saxophonist, composer and educator based in London. My current bands are Mandorla, featuring John Turville, Jon Scott and Oli Hayhurst/Dave Manington, a duo collaboration with singer Brigitte Beraha involving live looping and live sound processing, and the e17jazz large ensemble. In addition to jazz, my writing is influenced by classical composers such as Steve Reich and John Adams, the singer Bjork and North Indian improvised music.

I've been involved with the F-IRE collective over a number of years, having recorded and toured with many bands such as Justin Quinn's Bakehouse (featured on their award-winning album 'Before I Forget'), Tom Arthurs' Centripede, and the F-IRE large ensemble for whom I composed several tunes. Additionally, I have collaborated with MOBO prizewinner Zoe Rahman, held the sax chair in John Mayer's classic band Indo-Jazz Fusions, and feature with salsa greats Roberto Pla, Machito jnr and Tito Rodriguez jnr. Cross-arts collaborations have included touring devised shows with Sheron Wray's Jazz Exchange dance company, and composing & improvising music for silent film in a range of settings.

I am the founder of e17 jazz, the East London-based collective spawned out of both F-IRE and LOOP associations, whose members include Brigitte Beraha, John Turville, Adam Bishop, Will Collier, Jez Franks and Dave Manington. We promote regular gigs, commission new music, and won the 2012 Waltham Forest Arts and Culture award.

After Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music, I studied with David Liebman in New York. Since 2006 I have taught at the Guildhall and I lead workshops in the UK and internationally. Most recently, I am the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) in Performance and Creative Enterprise (PACE), a new cross-arts degree delivered by the Guildhall School in association with the Barbican Centre, and the post-graduate certificate in Performance Teaching

photo above by Tom Gold

Latest News

  • E17 Jazz has been successful in receiving a substantial grant from PRSF which will allow us to continue, and expand, our activity throughout 2016. Many thanks to PRSF and to Nick Tomalin for leading on the funding application.
  • My new book of solo saxophone etudes is published by Sextet. It's the first of their publications to be on the French exam syllabus, Confédération Musicale de France, and is also on the new Trinity Guildhall exam syllabus (2017-20) for both classical and jazz.