Saturday, June 04, 2005

I'm off to sunny California today to perform Keeril Makan's Voice within Voice at the Berkeley Edge Fest. It should be a fun time. John Zorn and Terry Riley are the headliners. After that I've got to make a quick stop in Tucson for a couple of days to find a place to live since my lease in Ann Arbor is up at the end of this month. Moving will be incredibly painful, especially on the pocketbook. I'm sure I'll check in while I'm away with some thoughts on the Edge Fest and other miscellany, but until then take a listen to a few clips from the recent recording session for the American Voices album. Enjoy!

  • Michael Gordon, The Low Quartet
  • Lee Hyla, Pre-Amnesia
  • Chris Theofanidis, Netherland, first movement
  • Chris Theofanidis, Netherland, second movement
  • Philip Glass, Piece in the Shape of a Square
  • 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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