Simon Haram: Mono’dia | Sospiro Noir SOSSH100414

Simon Haram: Mono’dia


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Label: Sospiro Noir

Cat No: SOSSH100414

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 17th November 2014



Simon Haram (saxophone)
raham Fitkin (piano, synthesiser)
John Alley (piano)
Ruth Wall (harp)
Martin Elliott (guitar)


Adams, John

Fearful symmetries
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Barker, Paul Alan

Dirty Tricks
» She sings and comforts them
» She sings and seduces them

Eales, Geoff

She cries she dances

Fitkin, Graham


Korvits, Tonu

Singing across the sea

Taylor, Alan

Dances (4)

Woolrich, John



Simon Haram (saxophone)
raham Fitkin (piano, synthesiser)
John Alley (piano)
Ruth Wall (harp)
Martin Elliott (guitar)


A much recorded artist, this is saxophonist Simon Haram’s first solo disc since 2011’s ‘Frame’ (Black Box). ‘Mono'dia’ is a collection of solos and duos, monologues and dialogues with pianists Graham Fitkin and John Alley, harpist Ruth Wall and bassist Martin Elliott.

The programme is made up of compositions by some of Haram’s personal friends and associates, and others from recent discoveries, including Graham Fitkin, John Adams and Tõnu Kõrvits.

The music is varied in mood and tempo, and occupies that almost indefinable space between classical and jazz. Several of the composition were written specifically for Haram and there is a sense of story and place throughout the album, with each composition juxtaposed to its neighbour like chapters in a book.

Simon is much sought after as a recitalist and ensemble player, appearing with the Graham Fitkin Band, Nash Ensemble, Composers’ Ensemble and all the London Orchestras. He was appointed Principal Saxophone of the London Sinfonietta in 1997. He is also a member of Will Gregory’s Moog Ensemble as EWI and keyboard player.

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