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Gregory Wanamaker is an American composer, musician, and professor of music composition.

Raising Questions

Tomorrow, October 23, 2019, marks the 8th anniversary of the world premiere performance of A Story Within A Story, my collaboration with Carrie Mae Weems. A Story Within A Story reflects upon the persistent struggle for civil rights in the United States. Carrie’s powerful video takes us through the passing of history from one generation …

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TheSaxophonist.Org Magazine: Meet the Composer

I had the wonderful privilege to be interviewed by Christina Ensign for TheSaxophonist.org Magazine as part of their Meet The Composer series for their September/October 2019 issue.  I should make it clear that I am not a saxophonist. You can actually tell by looking at the image above, which is a document of the only time I …

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Little Big Horn: Coming Soon!

I first saw Arno Bornkamp play at the World Saxophone Congress in Montréal in July 2000. His performance was the North American premiere of Jacob ter Veldhuis’ Grab it! for tenor saxophone and boom-box. Electrifying. Game-changing. Both the piece and the performance. Although we had a few small email exchanges, and interacted a bit on social …

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2019 United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium

The United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium takes place at the George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax, VA on January 11 and 12, 2019. I am looking forward to some wonderful performances of my music!  Friday, January 11 3:30 – Vocalist Sammy Sohn and saxophonist Paul Cotton perform 4 Vocalises in MTB 2013. …

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Bubreg²

My new friends Bubreg² had a great 2018 with successes all over Europe. I had the pleasure of meeting clarinetist Bence Bubreg in Szentendre, Hungary last July and thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful conversation about all things musical – from performance to composition and beyond. Unfortunately, his brother, saxophonist Márton was unable to join us as …

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A New Review of LIGHT AND SHADOWS, WAVES AND TIME

Nearly six months after its release, it’s good to know that some nice reviews are coming in for LIGHT AND SHADOWS, WAVES AND TIME. The latest comes from Sven Godenrath, a critic and opera aficionado from Hamburg, who includes the following: In the first part of “Light and Shadows – Luminant shadows” begins the piano, played …

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Memories from the XVIII World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb

I had a wonderful time in Zagreb at the World Saxophone Congress July 11-14, 2018! I saw old friends, made new ones, and participated in rehearsals and masterclasses of my music, and heard beautiful performances of my music and more by some of the best musicians on the planet. Here is a brief summary in …

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Looking Forward to the XVIII World Saxophone Congress!

The 18th World Saxophone Congress begins one month from today, and I am excited to see old friends, meet new ones, and to hear several performances of my music at the University of Zagreb Academy of Music! So far, here are the performances of my music that I know about:   July 10 Scotty Phillips …

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Album Release Notes: Elegy – Akropolis Reed Quintet

In its original form, Elegy is the second movement of my Duo Sonata for clarinet and alto saxophone, which was composed in late 2001 for saxophonist Timothy McAllister and clarinetist Alan Woy. I composed this movement in the span of about 2 hours on a Sunday in November that year. It was the first bit …

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