White Noise Saxophone Quartet


The White Noise Quartet, formerly the MSU Saxophone Quartet, is composed of undergraduate and graduate students attending the Michigan State University School of Music. In 1999, they were awarded First Runner Up in the MTNA Collegiate Chamber Artist Competition in Los Angeles, CA, in addition to being a Semifinalist in the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Their teachers include Joseph Lulloff, James Forger, and Andrew Speight.

Eric Lau, soprano saxophone, is a DMA candidate at Michigan State University where he studies with Joseph Lulloff, James Forger, Andrew Speight, and Branford Marsalis. In 1999, he received his M.M. from Michigan State University, and in 1997 he received his B.M. from Lousiana State University where he studied with Griffen Campbell. In 1997, Mr. Lau won the Michigan State University Concerto Competition as well as receiving second prize in the NASA Classical Performers Competition. In 1998, he was a national finalist in the MTNA Collegiate Solo Performers Competition. He currently serves on the faculty of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and the Lansing Community College.

Gregory Masaki Vines, alto saxophone, is a first year Master's student at Michigan State University. He studied with Griffen Campbell at Louisiana State University, where he received his undergraduate degree. While attending Louisiana State University, he was a member of the Red Stick Saxophone Quartet, a featured ensemble at LSU's 54th annual Festival of Contemporary Music, performing Phillip Glass' Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra. Greg is a student of Joseph Lulloff and Andrew Speight.

Janell Christie-Bement, tenor saxophone, is currently a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University. She received her B.M. from Central Michigan University, and M.M. in saxophone performance from Northwestern University. Her teachers include John Nichol, Dr. Frederick L. Hemke, Dr. Jonathon Helton, and Joseph Lulloff. She was the winner of the Patricia Nixon Woodwind Scholarship Competition, featured in the annual "President's Report" for outstanding scholastic achievement, and a member of the Mortar Board Senior National Honor's Society. She is one of the founding members of the "Wolverine Instrumental Music Camp," and has taught at Albion College in Albion, Michigan.

Brent Mondoskin, baritone saxophone, is currently a fourth year B.M.E student at Michigan State University. He has been performing at NASA Conferences throughout his career at Michigan State University. He recently performed at 2000 New Millenium Conference held in Tucson, Arizona. He received recognition as a semifinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Jun Okada, piano, began her musical education at the age of 4, when she entered the Yamaha Music School in Hiroshima, Japan. She came to the United States to study piano performance at Michigan State University, where she completed B.M. and M.M. degrees under the tutelage of Deborah Moriarty. Ms. Okada is a faculty member of the Music Department at Hope College, and also enjoys an active professional career as a pianist, being involved in well over 100 performance annually, both as a soloist and accompanist. She is particularly noted for her command of the contemporary saxophone repertoire, and has performed with the internationally recognized saxophone artists Griffen Campbell, James Kalyn, Jon Noffsinger, Jean-Marie Londeix, and Joseph Lulloff.

Eric Lau

(saxophone soprano - soprano saxophone)

Gregory Masaki Vines

(saxophone alto - alto saxophone)

Janell Christie-Bement

(saxophone ténor - tenor saxophone)

Brent Mondoskin

(saxophone baryton - baritone saxophone)

Le White Noise Saxophone Quartet a choisi d'interpréter:
The White Noise Saxophone Quartet has chosen to perform:
Edison Denisov


avec la collaboration de:
with the participation of:
Jun Okada, piano
Edison Denisov is a very important composer for the saxophone. His compositions have pushed saxophonists to new technical, rhythmic, and melodic extremes. Quintette reveals Denisov's exceptional compositional style. It is a rhythmically complex piece that requires the ultimate precision from every member of the ensemble. This piece is rarely performed, yet is a significant part of the saxophone repertoire.

Edison Denisov was an influential composer of the 20th cenury, whose works encompass all genres. In addition to his numerous saxophone pieces, he has composed a variety of solo works, chamber and orchestral music, ballets, and operas. From 1959-1990, he taught orchestration and composition at the Moscow Conservatory.

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