Back in October, Don Freund and I performed his excellent work Sky Scrapings at Eugene Rousseau's Retirement Celebration at the University of Minnesota. Check out the video from the performance below!
Is it? by Thomas Kessler. Live at the Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret at Studio Z, St. Paul, MN. Alyssa Anderson, mezzo soprano.
This past weekend I premiered a new work for alto saxophone and piano with Nanyi Neil Qiang with Tiffany M. Skidmore at Studio Z in St. Paul as part of 113 Presents A Concert of New Music.
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.
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 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!
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!
Just a few weeks ago, EunHye Grace Choi met me in Minneapolis, MN for an intense week of rehearsals and recording for our upcoming CD. The project was to record four sonatas by American composers. The title track will be David Biedenbender's Images, along with sonatas by William Albright, Sy Brandon, and Jennifer Higdon and will be on the Emeritus recording label. Thanks to our great engineer Mike Duffy, we got some really great material that should be ready very soon!
The final product should be completely finished and ready for purchase by the Fall. Stay tuned!
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