Ian grew up in multi-cultural London studying saxophone and winds from childhood until graduation from the Royal Academy of Music. He has been musical director and/or composer for numerous bands over the years including Balkanatics (Balkan brass) and psych-prog legends GONG (alongside Daevid Allen, Steve Hillage, Gilli Smyth). He also works as a sideman and session player in numerous other projects such as with Reem Kelani (Arabic), Abdelkader Saadoun (north African/Meditteranean), Rosco Levee (blues/country/southern rock), Dame Evelyn Glennie and various other jazz, world and improvised music settings such as Inspiral Trio (with Gong's Dave Sturt and Kavus Torabi).



'Ian East is a first class musician. I needed a sax part in the vein of a Van Morrison song, and he couldn't have nailed it more perfectly. Besides his flawless playing, he came up with themes that complimented the song and are now a concrete part of the recording. Also, from the business side, it was a pleasurable experience and I couldn't recommend him more.'

Paul Dougherty - singer/songwriter http://www.pauldougherty.org

'Ian is an awesome player and provides a highly professional, efficient service. His contributions are incredibly tasteful, and it is clear that his main purpose is to do what is best for the song, fulfilling the client's vision. Great work'

Rory Martin - musician/producer https://www.facebook.com/thecritiqueband

'Ian is a breath of saxophone fresh air. His playing style is technically fluid yet conveys a quirky, emotive voice that is unique.'

Jill Jarman - composer/pianist http://www.jilljarman.com


I also compose, arrange, record, mix and produce music from my own studio. My albums are available here...