Caroline Kraabel

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Caroline Kraabel (born 1961 in Torrance, California) is a London-based American composer, improviser and saxophonist. She is known for her research into the implications of electricity related to recording, synthesis and amplification.[citation needed]

After living in Seattle, Kraabel moved to London while in her teenage years, at the end of the punk era.[1] There she took up the saxophone and became active in London's improvised music scene, eventually developing a style based on the physicality of the instrument, extended techniques and acoustics. She has performed solo and collaborated with John Edwards, Veryan Weston,[2] Charlotte Hug, Maggie Nicols,[3] Phil Hargreaves, and the London Improvisors Orchestra[4] among others. She has also organized and conducted pieces for Mass Producers—a 20-piece, all-female saxophone/voice orchestra[5] and for Saxophone Experimentals in Space—a 55-piece group of young saxophonists, as well as with her two children during walks through the streets of London.

Recordings include Transitions with Maggie Nichols and Charlotte Hug,[6] Five Shadows with Veryan Weston, Performances for Large Saxophone Ensemble 1 and 2 and Performances for Large Saxophone Ensemble 3 and 4 with Mass Producers and a solo work Now We Are One Two.

Caroline Kraabel has been hosting a weekly radio show on London's Resonance FM[7] and is the editor for the London Musicians Collective's magazine Resonance.


  1. ^ "Improvised music, but with a head start". The Seattle Times. 17 September 2004. Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
  2. ^ "Emanem, l'improvisation britannique au bout du tunnel". (in French). Les Editions Réticulaires. 12 April 2001. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
  3. ^ "Music - The Albert memorial Kerstan Mackness looks at punk-jazz icon Albert Ayler who, 36 years after his death, finds himself at the centre of this year's London Jazz Festival" (fee required). Time Out. 8 November 2006. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
  4. ^ Longley, Martin (11 January 2006). "London Improvisers Orchestra, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
  5. ^ "Czarodzieje i saksofoniści" (fee required). Gazeta Wyborcza (in Polish). 7 April 2000. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
  6. ^ Jenkins, Todd S. (2004). Free Jazz and Free Improvisation: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press. p. 254. ISBN 978-0-313-33314-9.
  7. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (15 January 2003). "Never mind the xollob". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-01-09.

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