study for alto saxophone and ensemble, 2018.

for alto saxophone, marimba (2), vibraphone (2), bass drum (2), double bass (2), and riverstones / grasses
composed jan 2018, approx 15”
premiere: purchase new music, SUNY purchase recital hall, mar 6, 2018

for charlie arbelaez.


an orchestration of study for alto saxophone & electronics for a soloist and large percussion ensemble with two double basses, configured as an immersive presentation, with the ensemble surrounding the audience. the orchestration exploits site­-specific acoustic anomalies (specifically, 0’05” reverb tail for low frequencies). handmade rivergrass brushes and foraged riverstones are used by the ensemble accompaniment.

excerpt recorded feb 28, 2018, suny purchase recital hall
alto saxophone: charlie arbelaez
marimba, riverstones: bo li, yifan li
vibraphone, riverstones: jake acee, jimmy stagnitti
bass drum, rivergrasses: william heintz iii, lucy tarantino
double bass, riverstones: gregory hunter, clayton thompson
with tremendous thanks to dr. dominic donato