"uncsaX, a new chamber ensemble comprised of the 12 accomplished saxophonists from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and directed by Taimur Sullivan, will present their first evening-length performance in Winston-Salem. The concert will take place at Krankies Coffee, 211 E 3rd St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for the public, and $5 for students.
The concert will highlight recently-written classical repertoire composed by local, national and international composers, which represents incredibly unique and varied aesthetics in music. As many of these pieces abandon normal forms and conventions, the audience will experience the mesmerizing and minimalist patterns of Bill Ryan’s Smoke, the postmodern grooves and stompings of Alex Kotch’s Generation Next, the ethereal, delicate multiple tones of Keith Moore’s Black Box, the composed-out reverberation effects in Laurent Estoppey’s NFM, the aleatoric improvisations of John Cage’s Four5, and the bird-like musical migrations in Nicholas Rich’s Flocking.
Smoke (2010) Bill Ryan (b. 1968)
Generation Next (2008) Alex Kotch (b. 1983)
Four5 (1991) John Cage (1912-1992)
NFM (2013) Laurent Estoppey (b. 1970)
Black Box (2001) Keith Moore (b. 1970)
Flocking (2012) Nicholas Rich (b. 1984)
Thursday, March 6th, 2014, 7:30 p.m
211 E 3rd St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Tickets: $8 for the public, and $5 for students.
uncsaX is the saxophone ensemble of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, under the direction of Professor Taimur Sullivan. UNCSA is America’s first state-supported arts school, and is one of the only performing arts conservatories in the Southeast. Students in the UNCSA Saxophone Studio hail from around the world: North Carolina, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Alabama, Hong Kong, and the U.K.
UNCSA saxophone students have recently met with numerous national successes. In the past seven years saxophonists have won the North Carolina Symphony Competition twice, Durham Symphony Competition, Rosen-Schaffel Competition twice (featuring performances with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra under Gerard Schwarz), Yamaha Young Performing Arts Award, and there have been three winners of the UNCSA Concerto Competition. Two saxophonists have performed on NPR/PBS show From the Top, and one performed a concerto with the Cincinnati Pops under Erich Kunzel, recording it for Telarc Records.
In October of 2013, saxophonists from the UNCSA studio won 1st Prize in all of their respective divisions at the North Carolina MTNA Competition - Young Artist Division, Senior Division, and Chamber Music Division. Lastly, quartets from UNCSA have twice been prize-winners at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition.
Music students at UNCSA have the unique opportunity to perform in diverse settings on a regular basis. Saxophone students perform in Quartets, Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, SuperSax, and the Contemporary Music Ensemble. They also collaborate with the other artistic disciplines of UNCSA, including dance, drama, and film composition in the state-of-the-art film recording studio.
For more information on the saxophone studio, please visit www.uncsax.com. "
Submitted by UNSCA