"Those who we remember best--Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi, Haydn and Mozart--did it all. Today there are very few who do it all, and an incredibly small proportion of them do it all extremely well. One who does is Javier Arau."

--Saxophone Journal

 

Music

Javier Arau is a saxophonist and composer with a wide body of work. He conducts the Javier Arau Jazz Orchestra and also has written for contemporary classical orchestras and chamber ensembles, for film/multimedia, musical theatre, children's music, and more.

Javier Arau Jazz Orchestra

Saxophone Performance

Film Music

Other Projects

Books and Research

Javier Arau's research in music theory and pedagogy is extensive. His current work focuses on linear melodic development in jazz.

Augmented Scale Theory

Anatomy of a Melody

365 Thirds Book

Lessons Blog

 Javier Arau's lessons blog includes free lessons on various musical subjects. Most lessons aim to help the reader understand how to improvise more successfully. The goal of the improviser may vary, depending on musical style and content, but the fundamentals of improvisation transcend all genres. Get it right the first time around by starting here.

Lessons Blog