Saxophonist / composer Dan Stern started off on the clarinet, before moving on to the tenor saxophone when he started studying with master musician Dave Liebman in the US.

Composition has always been at the heart of his approach to music making. His debut album, "Traces", was the consequence of a suggestion by Tim Garland to write an extended piece of music. The resulting suite attracted eminent musicians such as David Liebman, David Binney, Tim Garland, Phil Markowitz and Gwilym Simcock to record with him. Prior to this, Dan had built up a solid foundation in classical music, reading Music at Cambridge University, and studying composition with Alexander Goehr, Robin Holloway, and Malcolm Singer.

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Selected Albums