Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Play ball!

Baseball season is just around the corner and Kyle Gann's been making sports/music analogies. (That's Hotaru over there, by the way.) I like John Luther Adams' response, which likens music to baseball more than basketball. I've never been a big basketball fan--although I find the NCAA much more interesting than the NBA--and have often thought that a baseball game is like music. It is slow, like JLA says, but that only serves to increase the tension. It's like a late Feldman piece. Milton Babbitt, whose music is a bit more eventful than Feldman's, has a couple of baseball-inspired titles--Around the Horn (1993) for solo horn and Whirled Series (1987) for alto saxophone and piano. I'll be listening to Babbitt and Feldman for the next couple of weeks to get in the mood for opening day. Go Sox.
Praised by The New York Times as "an inventive musician . . . fresh and surprising," saxophonist Brian Sacawa has firmly established himself as an important contemporary voice for his instrument. He is active as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States and is the co-founder of the new music duo Non-Zero with percussionist Timothy Feeney.

He has given premieres of over thirty works by both established and emerging composers, including Michael Gordon, Bright Sheng, Andrew Mead, Oliver Schneller, Ken Ueno, Beata Moon, Hillary Zipper, and Scott McAllister, among many others. Named the Baltimore CITYPAPER’s Critic’s Choice for Classical Music in 2002, he is the recipient of awards for solo performance from both national and international competitions.

Sacawa's versatile career has led to appearances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Harvard Group for New Music, New Music Brandeis, Bargemusic, and at meetings of the ISU Contemporary Music Festival, World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, and New England Saxophone Symposium.

Brian holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the Peabody Conservatory, and the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, where he studied with Donald Sinta, Gary Louie, and Lynn Klock. He has recorded for the Equililbrium, Naxos, and BiBimBop recording labels.

See Brian's other blog
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