The students of Eugene Rousseau present...
The Music of Don Freund
Sky Scrapings - David Kahn
ON AGAIN, off again - Benjamin Cold
Sunscapes - CJ Longabaugh
Louder Than Words - Jeffery Kyle Hutchins and Alexander Richards
Assisted by Jerrod Wendland, piano
November 18, 2013 7:30PM
University of Minnesota
Several months ago, I purchased a Saxholder from Jazzlab. I have been using this product quite a bit, both in my practice and performance during that time, and have found it to be a great alternative to a neckstrap or harness. I have been using a harness for several years now, as I am not a fan of neckstraps in general because of the weight and tension they put on the neck. The saxholder does an excellent job of keeping weight and tension away from the neck and upper back area by displacing the weight between the shoulders and the stomach. It is surprisingly comfortable to use and is fantastic for anyone experiencing pain from practicing or performing regularly. For me, it is a great alternative for the harness when I need to make quick instrument changes. While it is not difficult to adjust the straps to switch from alto to tenor to baritone usually, it is quite a labor to do in the middle of a performance and is often impossible depending on how quick the change may be; if I am wearing a jacket then it is out of the question. The saxholder adjusts in the front with the ease and quickness of a neckstrap while keeping me pain free and comfortable while I play. The hook is also another surprise for me as I did not expect it to be that secure from the photo. I prefer a hook with a closure on it, and while the hook on the saxholder is open, there is a device to keep the instrument securely fastened.
The main disadvantage for me in using this device is that I do not always perform standing. When holding a heavy instrument to the side while seated puts too much weight on one shoulder causing the center bar and brace that goes against the stomach to be uneven. It feels too unstable for my taste to use in that situation. Additionally, because of how the rope that attaches to the saxophone is suspended from the center of the chest instead of from around the neck, it causes the saxophone to have a weird center of gravity. It is not necessarily bad, but did take a little time for me to get used to the feel (and to figure out which way the saxophone was going to swing if I leaned over). Finally, although the device folds up and comes with a nice felt bag to store it in, there is no getting over the fact that it is a larger and harder to store than a regular neckstrap. It is designed to fit inside the saxophone bell, but if storing it in that manner is not an option or not desirable, it takes up a significant amount of space to store because of its irregular shape.
This holder has recently been living inside of my tenor case and is currently my regular device when I use that instrument. I would highly recommend it, but for me it is not for every situation and instrument.
If you are in Twin Cities, don't miss out on the great lineup at the Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret at Studio Z in St. Paul! On Friday night 11/8 at 7:30PM, RenegadeEnsemble will be performing a fun program featuring works from our Fall concert, Poppies in October. Works by Randy Bauer, Roshanne Etezady, Ned Rorem, and Miriama Young! Full for the full schedule of the cabaret, go here.
It took me a bit, but I have finally uploaded the performance from last April of William Bolcom's Concerto Grosso with the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, directed by Craig Kirchhoff. Please enjoy!
I am excited to announce that my new CD Images: American Sonatas is finally available! This album, which I recorded with the lovely EunHye Grace Choi on piano, features sonatas by William Albright, David Biedenbender, Sy Brandon and Jennifer Higdon. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing a copy!
Images is now available on CDbaby and iTunes! You can still buy a copy from me, but now you can also download a digital copy for (slightly) cheaper!
Come hear the Antithesis Project play our first concert of the season on 10.25.13 at Studio Z in St. Paul at 7:30PM. Works by Jacob, Lowenstern, Kern, Betti, and Riley. Then on 11.2.13 a very similar program at the Gamut Gallery in downtown Minneapolis at 8PM! More info including ticket prices on our website!
Launching the 2013-14 season, RenegadeEnsemble’s “Poppies in October” features a rich selection of new chamber music from living composers both local and international. The event showcases dramatic floral imagery and an outpouring of virtuosic intensity.
Ariel by American composer Ned Rorem
Glint by American composer Roshanne Etezady
Escape Wisconsin by American composer Caleb Burhans
Snapdragon by New Zealand composer Miriama Young
One Bright, Moonlit Night by Minnesota composer Randy Bauer (world premiere!)
This concert features:
Alyssa Anderson • mezzo soprano
David Birrow • percussion
Solange Guilliume • piano
Jeffery Kyle Hutchins • saxophone
Stanley H Rothrock II • piano
Christopher Raddatz • clarinet
Tickets available online at http://poppiesinoct.brownpapertickets.com/
or at the door with cash, check, or plastic.
AVIDduo just recently finished recording our first CD together! We were able to use the amazing facilities at the Art Institute of Minneapolis with a great engineer, Brian Hallermann. Stay tuned for details as the project unfolds... everything should be ready by the end of the year! It will include some great original works for flute and saxophone, and we are very excited to share this music!
For those in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, come out to Studio Z on Saturday, September 21 at 7:30PM to hear some really fantastic original works for flute and saxophone by a wide collection of composers! The program will include:
We're from the Internet - Josh Clausen
Cracked Brick - Anna E. Garman
Interactions - Lenka Sturalova
deepities - Ted Moore
Ever Present - Alvin Lucier
BAAYAMI: From the Sky - Mark Oliveiro
Janus - Paul Hayden
We will be joined by special guest Peter John on piano!
The following week, we will be in the studio recording all of these works for an upcoming CD that will be released at the end of the year, so stay tuned for more details on this project!