A few days ago i had the absolute pleasure and privilege to perform my final DMA recital at the Sydney Conservatorium.

The Sydney Conservatorium is a very special place for me as I began my formal music studies there at the Conservatorium High School in 1998. To complete my music education at the same venue after 7 years abroad and some 16 years later, was truly special.

El Asunto del Tango, was 3 and half years of tango research and study, culminating in a performance that included my own adaptations, arrangements by others and new commissions.

I would like to thank all the people who came along to support me in this final performance. It was an emotional experience performing the work that I have researched, arranged, rehearsed and obsessed over for the last three years to over 100 people. Im sad to come to the end of this incredible journey, but incredibly proud of what i have achieved during my final years of study. I've grown not only as a saxophonist, but also as a musician and educator.

There are so many people to thank. I'd like to make a special mention of an incredible group of tango experts that were invaluable to my research. Fernando Muslera, Fernando Lerman, Emiliano Barri, Juan-Maria Solare, Daniel Wallace-Crabbe, Maggie Fergesun, Claude Delangle and a number of others.

A big thanks to Andrew Smith, Nicholas Russoniello, Ben Carey, James Nightingale, Niels Bijl, Fernando Ramos, Henk Van Twillert, Donny McKenzie, Michael Jamieson, Simon Brew and countless others for constantly inspiring me. Being surrounded by such talented musicians has made me the person i am today.

A special thank you must go to two fellow performers Michael Kluger and Isabella Brown. Their passion, dedication and great humour made this project all the more special.

My huge gratitude to Michael Duke and Daniel Rojas, the two most influential people in this study, my two supervisors. My work has developed to the level it has thanks to these two men. I couldnt have done it without you.

The biggest thanks must go to Carmen Nieves, my amazing wife. Her talent, dedication and incredible performance made the practical component of this degree unique and of the highest standard. Her incredible intelligence, language skills and knowledge made the thesis (written component) far more informative, succinct and intelligent. But most importantly, her love, patience, tolerance, friendship, support, and understanding, made the hardest parts of the degree managable and the most enjoyable moments all the more special.

Life will never be the same.


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