George Wolfe


George Wolfe a choisi d'interpréter:
George Wolfe has chosen to perform:
Jody Nagel

Hymns to Soma *

  1. Soma and the Eagle
  2. Soma and the Sage
  3. We have drunk the Soma

[saxophone alto, choeur, piano et sons électroniques / alto saxophone, chamber choir, piano and algorithmically-generated electronic sounds]

avec la participation de:
with the pariticipation of:

n/d-n/a, piano

n/d-n/a, choeur / choir

Martin Dagenais, chef de choeur / choir master

* Création / World premiere

Saxsophonist George Wolfe has performed extensively throughout the United States and has also concertized in Europe, Costa Rica, Canada, Korea and Japan. His teacher, Eugene Rousseau, describes him as "an artist of exceptional ability and great sensitivity." Critics praise his playing as "brilliant," and "moving."

He has appeared in concert with the United States Navy Band, the Navy Band Brass Quintet, the Canadian Brass, the Saskatoon Symphony, the North Bay Wind Ensemble (CA), the World Band at Disney World, on Los Angeles NPR Station KPFK, and at the International Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado. He has presented master classes at Intedochen National Music Camp, at the Paris Conservatory, the Cergy-Pontoise Conservatory in France, and at universities across the United States. He also has served as an artist in residence at Arizona State University, in Canada at the University of Saskatchewan, in Austria at Klagenfurt Consewatory, and at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose.

Dr. Wolfe has released three compact disks, the latest of which, entitled "Lifting the Veil", explores the relationship between music and cosmology. In 1991, he was awarded an open fellowship from the Eli Lilly Endowment to study Hindustani music with tabla master Diam Ali Qadri in New Delhi, India and at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California. From his knowledge of East Indian music, Dr. Wolfe has pioneered a new approach to classsical improvisation known as Motivic Improvisation. He is also the author of Preparatory Method for Saxophone and in 1997, was the honored recipient of Ball State University's Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award.

Of all the instruments, it has been said that the saxophone sounds most like the human voice. Yet ironically, saxophone and chorus is one of the least explored ensemble combinations in the saxophone solo repertoire. Choral Reef is a 13 minute composition that explores the sublime timbral colors possible between a 32 voice chamber choir, the saxophone, and unfolding algorithmically-generated electronic sounds. The solo part in this this piece also employs a new form of classical improvisation developed by George Wolfe called Motivic improvisation.

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