I will be traveling to Lubbock, Texas this Thursday to perform and present at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial conference, and I couldn’t be more excited to reconnect with the saxophone community! I will be performing the premiere of Jay Batzner’s Abstain Red Hells for soprano saxophone and electronics on Sunday morning, and giving a presentation with Myles Boothroyd about publishing with The Saxophone Symposium on Saturday morning. It should be a busy and fun conference – I’m looking forward to catching up with some great friends and hearing some incredible playing!
From Jay about the piece: “Abstain Red Hells juxtaposes lyricism in the saxophone part with less lyrical sounds in the electronics, and is the most recent in a series of works for soloist and electronics. A lot of my writing for winds and electronics have been against most of the stereotypes. My goal is to create music which is musically and emotionally approachable, that uses electronics to connect performers and listeners. I want to make the electronics simple and approachable for the performer so that they are more likely to play works with electronics. This particular piece is an extension of this mission.” I’ve been really enjoying practicing this piece and I look forward to sharing it!