Saxophonist and Creator in Los Angeles
Kia ora! I’m Eilish Wilson, a saxophonist and educator from Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), Aotearoa.
I am currently based in Los Angeles on a Fulbright Scholarship, pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in performance at California Institute of the Arts.
Highlights of my playing career thus far include playing at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Rodger Fox Big Band, and recording albums at the legendary United Studios (L.A) & at the acclaimed Bunker Studios in Brooklyn, New York City. In summer 2021, I toured with Trinity Roots.
I recently had the privilege of recording at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, as part of the annual CalArts Jazz Album, which you can listen to below.
People who inspire me include Alexa Tarantino, Stephen Lehman, Phil Woods, Kae Tempest, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Darcy James Argue, Jackie McLean, Questlove, John Coltrane, & Melissa Aldana.
I want this song played at my funeral.
July 28: The Marty G Big Band says Au Revoir! (for now), The Rogue and Vagabond, 9pm
July 29: King Oyster at Hashigo Zake, 9pm
August 6: The Vanguards at Hashigo Zake, 9pm
August 11: Eilish presents SHAPES at Bedlam and Squalor, 7pm, $15
Check back for tickets here soon
Here are two press items regarding what I'm doing in Los Angeles, thanks to Fulbright New Zealand:
An article in the Massey University news alongside 3 amazing Fulbrighters in my cohort here
And an interview with Maggie Tweedie on RadioActive (88.6fm) here
Records out now!
You can find out more about my teaching work here. I'd love to hear from you!