Madwort Sax Quartet brings together four diverse improvising saxophonists from across the UK scene. Led by Tom Ward and playing his original compositions, the project’s influences include numerology and the movement of the planet earth through space, Steve Coleman, pioneering saxophone quartet ROVA, Tim Berne, and transcriptions of bird song. Their debut album “Live at Hundred Years Gallery”, captures the infectious energy of their live performances.Released in 2017, the album was well received by critics. They have performed and toured across the UK, including packed performances at the Manchester and Lancaster Jazz Festivals.
Tom Ward alto saxophone & composition
Chris Williams soprano & alto saxophones
Andrew Woolf tenor saxophone
Cath Roberts baritone saxophone
“Cutting-edge contemporary music, but it’s unexpectedly engaging emotionally, and deeply rooted in imaginative composition.” The Guardian
“A distinctive response to the knotty compositional language of Coleman and Berne.” WIRE