Carlos Lopez-Real


[Note: this site is for my music. For my coaching-mentoring work please visit www.mandorlacoaching.co.uk]

Welcome to my site, I hope you enjoy browsing. I'm currently undergoing quite a shift in my creative direction, moving away from performing and teaching (which have been my main focus for the past 20 years or so), focusing more on composing (particularly for film & TV). This website is still mostly representative of my performing-teaching career, but over the coming months I'll gradually start to transition it into one that more accurately reflects my current focus. In the meantime, do enjoy the content and, if you'd like to get in touch, then I'd love to hear from you!


I'm a saxophonist, composer and educator based in London. The most recent band I ran was Mandorla, featuring John Turville, Jon Scott and Oli Hayhurst/Dave Manington (more elsewhere, including the video pages). I also really enjoyed my duo collaboration with singer Brigitte Beraha involving live looping and live sound processing, and the e17jazz large ensemble which was the flagship project for the e17Jazz Collective which I founded. 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 was 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 collaborated with MOBO prizewinner Zoe Rahman, held the sax chair in John Mayer's classic band Indo-Jazz Fusions, and featured with salsa greats Roberto Pla, Machito jnr and Tito Rodriguez jnr. Cross-arts collaborations 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 founded 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. E17Jazz 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 launched the BA (Hons) in Performance and Creative Enterprise (PACE), a cross-arts degree delivered by the Guildhall School in association with the Barbican Centre, and I lead the post-graduate certificate in Performance Teaching

photo above by Tom Gold

Latest News

  • My new book of solo saxophone etudes is published by Saxtet. 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.
  • I'm close to finishing a Masters in Composition and Orchestration for Media (Film, TV, Games...). This is the direction I'm going in now, in terms of my own creative output, and I'm really excited about it!