Caroline Kraabel

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Caroline Kraabel
Born1961 (age 61–62)
Torrance, California, U.S

Caroline Kraabel (born 1961 in Torrance, California) is an American saxophonist.


After living in Seattle, Kraabel moved to London while in her teenage years.[1] She started playing saxophone and became active in London's improvised music scene, developing a style based on extended techniques and acoustics. She performed solo and with John Edwards, Veryan Weston,[2] Charlotte Hug, Maggie Nicols,[3] Phil Hargreaves, and the London Improvisors Orchestra.[4] She 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. Kraabel hosted a weekly radio show on Resonance FM[6] and is the editor for the London Musicians Collective's magazine Resonance.

Albums include Transitions with Maggie Nichols and Charlotte Hug,[7] 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 the solo work Now We Are One Two.


  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. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
  5. ^ "Czarodzieje i saksofoniści" (fee required). Gazeta Wyborcza (in Polish). 7 April 2000. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
  6. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (15 January 2003). "Never mind the xollob". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
  7. ^ Jenkins, Todd S. (2004). Free Jazz and Free Improvisation: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press. p. 254. ISBN 978-0-313-33314-9.

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