Including a world Premiere by Greg Wanamaker.
Recital with pianist Nadine Shank!
David Amram - Three Greenwich Village Portraits
Stephen J. Rush - Flying Fancy for solo soprano saxophone *world premiere
Salvatore Macchia - Spira B for alto saxophone and live electronics
David Liebman - Three as One
Jackson Berkey – Homage to Emily Dickinson
Two performances with Chamber Music Northwest of William Walton's Façade. All-star ensemble with clarinetist David Shifrin, bassoonist Julie Feves, Percussionist Jonathan Greeney, cellist Dmitri Atapine, violinist Arnaud Sussman, flutist Joanna Wu, trumpeter Jeffrey Work, pianist Gloria Chien, and the inimitable William Bolcom-Joan Morris duo. A dream come true.
The AHS, Inc., Summer Institute, held in odd-numbered years, focuses on the student harpist with workshops, master classes, and concerts by the best performers and pedagogues in the world. The Summer Institute is held in conjunction with AHS, Inc., National Competition, where dazzling young harpists compete for awards and scholarships.
Performance with legendary Dutch saxophonist, Arno Bornkamp, of Felipe Salles' new double concerto for soprano and alto saxophones and orchestra, La Sagrada Familia, as well as a recital with harpist Jennifer R. Ellis as part of the Admiral Launch Duo. Guest artists Arno Bornkamp and Steve Wilson, as well as UMass jazz faculty Felipe Salles. Gerry's Music Shop High School Saxophone Competitions and Community Saxophone Ensemble registrations available here: https://www.umass.edu/saxophone/symposium.
9am – Hosting a panel on "Regionally Diverse Saxophone Pedagogies" with Brett Wery of Schenectady County Community College, Gail Levinsky of Susquehanna University, Philipp Stäudlin of Boston Conservatory, and Jon Amon of Bridgewater State.
11:40pm – Premiere performance of Thomas Oboe Lee's Saxophone Quartet with Philipp Stäudlin, Sean Mix, and Eric Hewitt.
3pm – Giving one of two featured master classes at this event.
I will be performing Charles Bestor's Suite for alto saxophone and percussion with this amazing artist and colleague, Ayano Kataoka, on her faculty recital.
Percussionist and marimbist Ayano Kataoka is known for her brilliant and dynamic technique, as well as the unique elegance and artistry she brings to her performances. A versatile performer, she regularly presents music of diverse genres and mediums. Last season, together with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the American Museum of Natural History, Ms. Kataoka gave a world premiere of Bruce Adolphe's Self Comes to Mind for cello and two percussionists, based on a text by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, and featuring interactive video images of brain scans triggered by the live music performance. She also performed Leon Kirchner's flutings for Paula for flute and percussion with Paula Robison for Mr. Kirchner's 90th birthday concert at Miller Theater in New York and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Recent highlights include a theatrical performance of Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale at the 92nd Street Y with violinist Jaime Laredo and actors Alan Alda and Noah Wyle, performances of Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and percussion at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with pianists Emanuel Ax and Yoko Nozaki, and a performance for the Sonidos Latinos concert series at the Caramoor Music Festival with Paquito D'Rivera. This past summer she presented a solo recital as part of the prestigious B to C (Bach to Contemporary) recital series at the Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall, which was broadcast nationally in Japan on NHK television. Her performances can be also heard on Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, New World, Albany, and New Focus Records.
A leading proponent of contemporary repertoire, Ms. Kataoka has participated in several consortiums to commission works for solo marimba or chamber ensemble from such composers as Charles Wuorinen, Martin Bresnick, Paul Lansky, and Alejandro Vinao. She is particularly drawn to compositions that involve the whole person, using standard percussion instruments and unique musical materials along with spoken voice, singing, acting, and elegant props. She has given numerous performances and master classes throughout the U.S. and Canada as a member of the Sylvia Smith Percussion Duo featuring Stuart Saunders Smith's percussion/theatre music, at such educational institutions as the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, University of California San Diego, New York University, Stony Brook University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of North Texas, Bowling Green State University, and the University of British Columbia, among others. Ms. Kataoka also appeared as an onstage musician with a small acting part in the Yale Repertory Theater production of Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well.
A native of Japan, Ms. Kataoka began her marimba studies at age five, and percussion at fifteen. She started her performing career as a marimbist with a tour of China at the age of nine. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Music, her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, and her Artist Diploma degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with world-renowned marimba virtuoso Robert van Sice. She was the first percussionist to be chosen for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two, a three-season residency program for emerging artists offering high-profile performance opportunities in collaboration with The Chamber Music Society. Ms. Kataoka joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008.