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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.

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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