Like many musicians who play live, I tend to have a love/hate relationship with those who spin vinyl for a living. Then this morning I happened to come across an alto sax player from Moscow who seems to have very successfully combined playing live, with the sounds of club music.
The YouTube channel for Syntheticsax—who’s real name is Mikhail Morozov—is an interesting mix of electronica, smooth jazz, funk, and a number other genres all mixed together, that provides the listener with an eclectic potpourri of saxophone-driven music.
By watching a few of his videos it’s obvious he performs at dance clubs regularly—makes sense, since some of his music is very club oriented. Check out his rendition of Baker Street.
Other videos show him working with singer Laura Grig, while still other videos—presumably shot for music channels—are typical of smooth jazz videos that feature sax players walking on a beach or in other scenic settings, contemplating life.
Since I don’t read Russian, I don’t really know what people are saying about Synthetic sax, but based on the number of smilies and thumbs up he’s receiving in his comments, and the number of people who seem to like what he’s doing in the clubs, I’d say he is a pretty popular saxophonist in Russia.
To find out more about Mikhail Morozov—AKA Syntheticsax—check out his MySpace page.