Hugo is an award-winning saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist with international performing and recording experience and five original albums to his name.

Trained in both Jazz (ANU/UIUC) and Classical (AMusA) with strong contemporary influences, Hugo’s music draws from a myriad of genres and the output ranges from Fusion, Funk, Blues, Jazz and World through to Pop, Rock, Folk, Reggae and Electronic.
A multi-instrumentalist specialising in the Saxophone and EWI, he also plays Guitar, Bass and more.
His latest album, Confluence, was created under the mentorship of Andrew Farriss (INXS) with whom he has worked with extensively both in the studio and on the stage.
Confluence balances the exploration of Art and the comfort of Pop, finding nourishment where these two rivers meet: ideas are drawn from across the board, blending an array of influences, with catchy melodies, experimental forays and all knitted together with a strong sense of groove.

At the age of 18, Hugo journeyed through Europe (particularly Edinburgh and Berlin), travelling and busking on the streets, playing in Jam Sessions/Open Mic Nights and performing at gigs with bands of varying lineups/styles, including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. During this time, he played with musicians from all walks of life, from bagpipers and folk singers to hard rockers and DJs. Notable moments include experimental funk sessions in Berlin and spending a week in a hut by a loch in the Scottish Highlands, recording an album with a local band.

Hugo spent the next four years studying Music and Physics at the Australian National University, specialising in saxophone performance and acoustics. Here he continued to write, record and release his own records and work as a sideman with local and interstate acts, as well as entering the corporate gig scene – playing at wineries, embassies and Parliament House – whilst learning from esteemed saxophonist John Mackey and furthering his skills in acoustics and audio engineering.

He embarked on a university exchange at the University of Illinois, studying under Grammy Award winning saxophonist Chip McNeill and playing lead alto in the big band conducted by James Pugh. While in the States, Hugo performed and recorded extensively in Chicago, New York, LA, Nashville and Memphis- an instant hit with the local musicians and record producers.

Inspired by his adventures, he constantly explores new musical avenues to discover original sounds and styles.

www.hugoleemusic.com