The Scottish Saxophone Ensemble give lively performances of new music, from contemporary classical to jazz and folk.
They have performed around the world, including International Chamber Music Matters in Scotland and the 15th World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok. The ensemble recently performed at "Les Rencontres du saxophone" Festival, Strasbourg, and released their first CD, “Mrs Malcolm” through Largo Music.
The World Saxophone Congress XVI was hosted from the 10th to the 15th July 2012 in the historic coastal town of St Andrews, Scotland.
Mike was Assistant Director, principal organiser and driving force of the WSCXVI, where he oversaw the production of more than 250 performances in just five days. Mike has also attended other WSCs as an invited performer in Thailand, Slovenia, and France.
Featuring Jamie Chambers, Mike Brogan and Colin Mclean, Marram are the in-house band of Transgressive North.
Marram's debut, Sun Choir, is an album written for and featuring the children of the Light of Love Children’s Home. It features contributions from Jarvis Cocker, doseone (Anticon), Owen Pallett (Arcade Fire), White Hinterland, and Scottish folk singer Margaret Bennett, alongside specially composed lyrics by Irvine Welsh, Alexander McCall Smith, Valerie Gillies, and Tom Leonard.
This charity project, from Transgressive North, featured a multimedia release in three parts:
a critically acclaimed album from Marram.
a 29-track compilation of exclusive new music from celebrated international artists, including Four Tet, Rustie, No Age, Dan Deacon, Son Lux, Max Tundra, and many more.
Everything is New
a 70 minute feature film starring the children of the Light Of Love Children’s Home.
Blackbird - Transgressive North presents a Deerstalker Films Production (2013)
Featuring legendary Scottish performers Norman Maclean, Sheila Stewart, and Margaret Bennett alongside up and coming talent, Blackbird brings Scottish stars of past and future to the big screen.
Blackbird premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it was nominated for the EIFF Audience Award, the Michael Powell Award, and was selected as one of 'The Best of the Fest' films. The film was also nominated for the 2013 BAFTA Scotland Audience Award.
Transgressive North is a music and film collective based in Scotland. Consisting of musicians, film-makers, composers, writers, poets, and visual artists, our award winning films and critically acclaimed music releases have enjoyed considerable success at home and abroad.
As co-Director of Transgressive North, Mike has overseen the production of:
The Folk Film Gathering (2015 - )
The Everything is New Project (2014)
When The Song Dies (2012)
This page outlines the projects I've been involved in over recent years as a performer, producer, or director.
The Scottish Saxophone Academy was founded to host and promote saxophone education and performance events. SSA events include residential weekends, week long courses, saxophone days, school events, masterclasses, and concerts.
Michael is a co-founder and Manager for the SSA.
Youth Music Initiative
Creative Scotland administers the Scottish Government's Youth Music Initiative (YMI) which aims to create access to high quality music making opportunities for young people, offer young people the chance to achieve their potential in or through music making, and support the development of the youth music sector for the benefit of young people.
Funded by YMI, Mike has written and delivered the Jazzamatazz programme for Aberdeenshire Music Service for several years, as part of their award winning jazz programme. Jazzamatazz is also due to visit schools in West Lothian in 2017/18.
Transgressive North are proud to present the The Folk Film Gathering, the world’s first festival of folk cinema, in partnership with Filmhouse Edinburgh and TradFest.
Launched in 2014, our programme of films explores the myriad ways world cinema has engaged with folk culture - as living tradition, as people’s history, and as working class culture and experience.