First movement of Jeremy Wagner's epic new work Zusammenfluss for alto saxophone + piano. This performance is from the world premiere on 6 March 2015 at Studio Z in St. Paul. Neil Nanyi Qiang, piano.
Zusammenfluss—a German word for “confluence” from the roots “Zussammen” (together) and “Fluss” (river, flow)—is a work conceived as a dialog between differing modes of temporal perception. Its central object is glimpsed on a multiplicity of time scales to form distinct streams of activity, combined and re-combined in turbulent flow, to explore notions of consonant and dissonant time. It is the fourth installment in a cycle of German-titled duos and trios that form the basis of a large-scale chamber cycle to be completed in 2015. Zusammenfluss was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Anonymous.
This concert is just over two weeks away! Save the date! You can purchase tickets online here!
This past week I traveled to Oklahoma and Texas with my friend Ann Bradfield for a few performances and masterclasses. We made stops at the University of North Texas (Denton), Northeastern State University Woodwind Day (Tahlequah, OK), Stephenville High School and Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX) before heading down to San Antonio to present at the Texas Music Educator's Association Convention. It was a great time, and thanks to everyone that came out to see us!
PERSEPHONE is (loosely) based on the spring maiden’s unwitting descent to the throne of the underworld. Straying from the original Greek mythology, our story finds Persephone on a quest. She (like many of us) is searching for something that can only be found by venturing into (and embracing) the unknown.
Irish composer Karen Power just released a great new recording on Farpoint Records titled is it raining while you listen. I am playing on the track squeeze birds to improve your garden's plant variety with the NOVA ensemble! Check it out! You can listen to the track on Karen's website here.
Come this next weekend to check out PERSEPHONE at the JSB TEKBOX in the Cowels Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in downtown Minneapolis! A completely original work, this production features an hour-long cycle of new music by composer Ted Moore for viola, saxophones, piano, percussion, and electronics. Direction and choreography by Hannah Holman. Lighting design by Courtney Schmitz-Watson. December 4-6. Buy tickets HERE!
New sounds! This piece agape.Closed for solo voice by Joey Crane was written for me and premiered earlier this month at the Contemporary Music Workshop concert in Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis, MN.
Thanks to everyone who came out the ONE NIGHT ART GALLERY in Minneapolis. It was great having everyone graffiti these desks and make little works of art on all of the scantrons. This work will be on view at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, WA on October 25, and will be traveling to Chicago later in the Spring! Stay tuned for info on that!
Thanks to my friend Tomoji Hirakata at the NYC Yamaha Atelier for servicing my instrument a few weeks ago when I was in NYC. It plays terrific! I am honored to be affiliated with such a wonderful company :)
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