audio/video samples

Elegy (2002/2015)

Akropolis Reed Quintet’s beautifully moving Web Premiere of Elegy, originally scored for clarinet and alto saxophone, scored for reed quintet.

of Light and Shadows: I. Luminant Shadows (2015)

of Light and Shadows is my second sonata for alto saxophone and piano, composed fifteen years after my first, Sonata deus sax machina. It was commissioned by a consortium of saxophonists initiated by pianist Liz Ames. Featured on my album, Light and Shadows, Waves and Time, this recording of the first movement,  Luminant Shadows, is from Stephen Page’s and Liz Ames’ beautiful session at Bates Recital Hall, Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin.

…unsettled, unphased… (2014)

Composed for saxophonist Robert Young and percussionist Tim Sullivan, this third-streamy quartet also features pianist M. Maxwell Howard and bassist John Geggie. This recording is featured on my album Light and Shadows, Waves and Time.

Still Life: Loïe Dances (2018)

Still Life: Loïe Dances was commissioned by Jean-Michel Goury for Jean-Michel Goury and Friends Saxophone Ensemble for the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death. It was premiered in July 2018 at the 18th World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.

This performance is the U.S. Premiere of Still Life: Loïe Dances by the University of Michigan Saxophone Ensemble in Stamps Auditorium on November 14, 2018 at The University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance. The University of Michigan Saxophone Ensemble is directed by Dr. Timothy McAllister.

Laude! (2016)

These three settings for soprano, choir, and orchestra for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany after selections from Laudario di Cortona from the 13th century are a collaboration with the English writer and director Garth Bardsley.

  1. Gloria’n cielo (0:00)
  2. Sovrana sì ne sembianti (9:05)
  3.  Stella Nuova (18:00)

Laude! was premiered by The Crane Chorus and Orchestra, Jeffrey Francom, conductor and Shannon Stoddard, soprano, on December 4, 2016 at Helen M. Hosmer Hall, The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY.

Night Set (2017)

Night Set is a work for soprano saxophone and piano in three movements representing nocturnal images, sounds, and situations. It was commissioned by an international consortium of twenty-two saxophonists. This video features Matthew Younglove and Liz Ames in performance on April 6, 2018 at Wayne State University’s Schaver Music Recital Hall in Detroit Michigan.

1. Night Sparks (0:00)
2. Night Song (3:09)
3. Night Ride (8:46)

The Madding Crowd (2013)

(from A Story Within A Story)

Video by Carrie Mae Weems
Music and Sound Design by Gregory Wanamaker

The Madding Crowd superimposes spoken quotations and dialogue about civil rights from civil rights figures from (mostly) the early to mid 1960s over Carrie’s powerful montage of video images from the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s and 70s as a gentle ostinato and slowly developing contrapuntal lines gradually crescendo. Voices include James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Dorothy Height, Shirley Chisolm, William F. Buckley, Sidney Poitier, Charlton Heston, Fannie Lou Hamer, Marlon Brando, Harry Belefonte, and many others.

Dreamscape (2010)

Dreamscape reflects the illogical sequence of dreams – at least as we may remember them – after a sleep rich with a variety of imagery and emotion. This recording is of the premiere performance on February 23, 2011 in Helen Hosmer Hall, The Crane School of Music, Potsdam, NY by The Crane Wind Ensemble, Brian Doyle, conductor.

Three Episodes (2008)

Composed for Christopher Creviston and Oren Fader, here is an excerpt of the first episode: Twitch

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