Kenneth Wilkinson

saxophonist | composer | artistic researcher


Research interests

Kenneth is a classical and jazz saxophonist, composer and artistic researcher. He is a founder member of the Quirk ensemble.

His research pursues interests in the organic nature of timbre, embodiment, and the relationship between the psychophysical energies of the performer and the creation of sound. He also explores the inner- and outer-world tensions of the performer, looking towards a Jungian approach to the understanding of ‘a realm of innerness’ in relation to the individuation and evolution of the performer.

His PhD research is practice-based, situated in performance practice in the classical saxophone domain alongside compositions for solo saxophone, saxophone and audio, and saxophone quartet. His approach to artistic research draws on the methodologies of Nelson, Candy and Skains, influenced by the notion of constellation as a method of exposition, allowing meaning to emerge across multiple elements as described by Adornis. His current focus is an exploration of embodiment, action-perception, and cognitive processes when using cane (organic) saxophone reeds.