“Spike Mason is an improvising musicianer and composer who is dedicated to developing the facility that enables him to transfer the music he hears in his head to the saxophone he holds in his hands.”
The sentence above describes who I am – and who I strive to be as a musician. I’ve been playing music all my life, and I love it because it makes me feel alive. I compose and play music every day, and realise it’s what I'll do for the rest of my life.
I’ve worked with many musicians over the past 30 years, in Australia, the USA, the UK, Canada, Ireland, Greece, Singapore, Italy, The Czech Republic, Holland, Turkey, and New Zealand, sometimes with very famous musicians before very large crowds, and sometimes with not very famous musicians in very small clubs, or kitchens or anywhere really…
I’ve also worked as a session musician with many diverse artists, recording, composing, arranging, and producing on over 150 albums, including film soundtracks and television shows.
I’ve spent many years studying too and have been awarded a Masters of Music In Jazz Performance, a Bachelor of Music, a Bachelor of Education, and an Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies.
I enjoy teaching students about improvisation, either privately or at masterclasses, and also as the Head of Jazz at a college in Sydney. I teach the saxophone, including the topics of sound production, composition, small and large ensemble playing, arranging, and harmony.
I very much like this quote by Howard Thurman...
"Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
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