This past weekend it was my pleasure to join Idit Shner as a guest artist for the University of Northern Iowa Saxophone Day, hosted by the wonderful Ann Bradfield. It was a fun day of saxophone and music making! Many thanks to Tenor Madness as well for the quick tune up of my instrument!
Next Wednesday in Ted Mann Concert Hall, 7:30PM. Don't miss out! I will be doing Kurt Schwitters' Ursonate! (Hint: it's not for saxophone....)
This past week, AVIDduo traveled with composer Ted Moore to Iowa to perform at Luther College in Decorah, IA and Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. Many thanks to Brooke Joyce and Zach Zubow for hosting us! Following our trip to Iowa, AVIDduo and Orotund2 traveled to the University of Illinois for the NASA2014 Conference!
We are excited to head to Iowa next week to play two concerts in Decorah and Cedar Rapids! Our program will feature two world premieres by Sy Brandon, Celebration of Flight and Zach Zubow, Platinum. This concert will also include Sam Melnick's Tesseract, Mark Oliveiro's BAAYAMI: From the Sky, and will feature composer Ted Moore's works deepities, is himself no more, and of circumstance.
Download Asteroid Baptistina for free off the SPEARFISHER soundcloud page. AVIDduo and SPEARFISHER (Peter John) collaborated on this track from the Interactions album, and now you can download the whole thing for FREE! (Press the download button in the upper right below!) Check it out, and be sure to support SPEARFISHERS' music!
It has been a while since I've posted a "What Are You Listening To?" so I thought I would share a few things that are on my playlist currently. All three of these artists below have been a big inspiration to me lately, and I am completely digging their music! Give their stuff a listen, and if you dig it too, support them!
Last weekend, I visited Tennessee Tech University and University of Tennessee - Knoxville with the lovely EunHye Grace Choi. It was a joy to be in Tennessee, to perform, and to teach the talented students there. Many thanks to Phil Barham and Allison Adams for having us out!
I traveled to San Antonio, TX recently to attend the 2014 Texas Music Educators' Association Convention. It was a fantastic time spent catching up with friends and enjoying Mexican food on the Riverwalk in gorgeous 70 degree weather. I had an absolute blast and am so thankful to the many people that attended my session Start your beginner saxophones... the RIGHT way! If you were not able to make it or you did not get a handout please email me and I will be happy to pass one along to you!
I was happy to be back at the University of North Texas recently to play a recital with my friend Alex Richards of all saxophone duos (and one trio with piano)! Below are some pictures from the concert and the hang afterward. Thanks to everyone who came despite the icy weather, and be sure to check out the recording of Frederick Fox's piece Visitations below from the concert. Orotund2 will be playing that piece again at the NASA conference later this month, along with Jeremy L. Wagner's ...auf einer grunen Aue... You can also follow us on SoundCloud now!