I will be premiering ‘Carnival Capers’ a new concerto by Australian composer Matthew Orlovich for Soprano Saxophone and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. I commissioned a 15 minute piece from Matthew last year but of course, it has developed into a very substantial 25 minute piece in three movements – thank you Matthew! This orchestral concert features other soloists including Arno Bornkamp, John Harle and Branford Marsalis.
I will be premiering two new compositions in my recital during the Congress. I am premiering my complete ‘Melbourne Sonata’ with pianist Adam Pinto. I have dedicated this piece to Irish saxophonist Gerard McChrystal. The piece is written for soprano saxophone & piano, is in three movements and is about 12 minutes long. Adam and I have been working closely together over the past week near the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland and Adam’s input into the piano part has been invaluable in developing a piece that flows and is inherently playable (I didn’t say easy though!). Thanks Adam.
The 2nd piece in this recital features guest saxophonist Kenneth Tse (United States) who will premiere with me my new duo ‘Rock Us‘. This is written for Kenneth we will be performing on two soprano saxophones.
Northern College Of Music Wind Orchestra
At the conclusion of the Wind Orchestra Concerto concert, I will be performing a special piece featuring 12 soloists and concert band written by French composer and saxophonist Philippe Geiss. This is a great piece with a Celtic feel that I had the opportunity to play with the United States Navy band in 2011. This concert will feature the Royal Northern College Of Music Wind Orchestra and soloists Paul Nolen, Kohei Ueno, Zagreb Quartet, Timothy Roberts, Philippe Geiss & Diastema Quartet.
Duo Kratos (United States) featuring Chad Tucker and Caleb Shannon will be performing my composition ‘Slap Me‘ at the Congress.
Besides looking forward to my performances and the culmination of many months work and planning, I can’t wait to see old friends, make many new friends and see what saxophonists from around the world have been up to in the last three years since the last World Saxophone Congress in Thailand.
I will also be giving a short presentation for RICO Reserve Reeds on my music during the Congress. A special thanks to Rico for supporting my appearance at the WSC2012.
A special thanks too to Selmer for supporting my performances at the WSC2012. I will be giving my Selmer Series III (Jubilee) soprano a good work out during the week!