Born 1958 in Newcastle, England.
Saxophonist (originally a clarinettist), composer, conductor, musical director and producer for artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Moondog, Ute Lemper and Lesley Garrett.
His ecclecticism intermingles the materials of jazz, rock, classical music, electronics and opera.
He has had over twenty five concerti written for him, by composers such as John Tavener, Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, Mark Anthony Turnage, Michael Torke and Harrison Birtwistle.
He also has written about 35 concert works and over 40 film and television scores.