Program Notes for Duo 35 Concert at NACWPI/CMS National Conference 2020 (online) featuring TWO World Premieres!

NOTE: Time above is in Eastern Daylight Time (1:15 pm Central Daylight Time, etc).

Hey! Duo 35, saxophonist Todd Oxford and I, have been invited to perform at the National Conference Online of NACWPI (National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors) on Saturday, October 10, at 1:15 pm central time. NACWPI will hold its conference in conjunction with the 2020 National Conferences of the College Music Society, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI), and Pi Kappa Lambda (PKL). Below is the conference program and program notes. We are excited to give TWO World Premieres for clarinet and saxophone:  [confab] by Michael P. Schneider and Garage Sale Llama by Jeffrey Hoover!

NACWPI/CMS National Conference 2020 (online)
Saturday, October 10, 2020
2:15 p.m. EDT (1:15 pm Central Daylight Time, etc.)

Duo 35
Michael Dean, clarinet
Todd Oxford, alto saxophone

PROGRAM

[confab] (2020) (clarinet & alto saxophone) by Michael P. Schneider (b.1975)
(World Premiere)

Blue Caprice (1981) (alto saxophone) Victor Morosco (b.1936)

Transposing A Feeling: For Bailey Sikorski (2020) (clarinet) by Austin Ali (b.1997)

Gararge Sale Llama (2020) (clarinet & alto saxophone) by Jeffrey Hoover (b.1959)
(World Premiere)

PROGRAM NOTES

[confab] (2020) (clarinet & alto saxophone) by Michael P. Schneider (b.1975)
(World Premiere)

Critics have hailed Michael Schneider as “a pianist with exceptional insight” and a “performer with great panache” in performances across the USA and abroad. Michael has performed in legendary venues such as the château of George Sand in Nohant, France, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and the Library of Congress. He has been a featured guest artist at the International Chopin Festival in France, the Music Festival of the Hamptons, directed by Lukas Foss, ‘Pianotune’ Festival in Brussels, the Hungarian Festival in Cancun, Mexico, the American Liszt Society Annual Conference, the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, CA, and for seven summers was an audience favorite at Pianofest in the Hamptons. Dr. Schneider holds degrees from the University of North Texas, Cleveland Institute of Music and University of Texas at Austin. He has taught on the faculties of Youngstown State University, University of Texas at Austin, Concordia University-Austin, and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. His teachers include Anton Nel, Paul Schenly, and Pamela Mia Paul. His professional website is pianomike.com.

Michael Schneider says: “[confab] is a new work written specifically for Duo 35. I subtitled [confab]: ‘in a time of pandemic’ to Dr. Michael Dean (aka ClarinetMike) upon delivery of the new work, and while the current crisis seems to have played a role in shaping the outcome of the piece, it was not the genesis of [confab]. What should have originally been a jocular sounding piece for two exceptional musicians with sterling personalities instead ended up a victim of circumstance and societal misfortune. While ideas bounced freely around the composer’s head, a single plebeian motive began to surface: asking a question again and yet again, the motive then turning around on itself looking for the answer, only to answer with its original ill-informed motive.

“The narrative is quite simple after that. Conversations about dire things with unknown outcomes often produce fruitless talk and build to a fear-based frenzy. A striking moment of this work occurs after the first of these frenzies: the arrival of a mutually commiserating lament, the musicians acting in unison. This feeds in on itself and builds again, only to finally return to the opening material with one main difference: this time the conversation is layered on top of each other. The tedious message remains the same, but with each musician speaking over the other – unmoved, unchanged, and none the wiser by their conversational journey.”

[confab] was commissioned by Duo 35 and premiered by them at the NACWPI/College Music Society National Conference 2020 (online) in October of 2020.

Blue Caprice (1981) (alto saxophone) Victor Morosco (b.1936)

Victor Morosco is a unique concert saxophonist who has achieved an international reputation as a performer of classical and improvised music, an educator, clinician, and composer. Mr. Morosco has been a member of the faculty of The City University of New York Graduate Center, Brooklyn and Lehman Colleges and at California State University, Los Angeles. Currently residing in Ocala, Florida and Strada in Casentino, Italy, Mr. Morosco continues to work as a composer, soloist, and clinician. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Julliard School of Music where he studied with Vincent Abato, Daniel Bonade, and Joseph Allard.

Blue Caprice is a set of variations on the harmonic structure and form of the blues. The original title of the piece was “Caprice en Forme de Blues.”

Transposing A Feeling: For Bailey Sikorski (2020) (clarinet) by Austin Ali (b. 1997)

Austin Ali is an international award-winning composer, trumpet player, and conductor based in Dallas, Texas. Musicians from Austin, Texas, to Washington, DC, to Valencia, Spain have performed Austin’s music, including the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Spanish Brass, and Christopher Bill. In addition to composing, Austin loves to play the trumpet. Recently, he toured Guatemala and Costa Rica with the endlessly funky Big Wy’s Brass Band. The group performed as invited guests in an International Jazz Festival in Guatemala City and at a national parade in Limon, Costa Rica with an audience of 10,000 people. Austin served as the primary composer and arranger for the band’s two records Portal to Funkville and Lord Dope. Austin graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition and Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. This fall, Austin will pursue graduate work in music composition on full scholarship at UCLA in Los Angeles, California under the mentorship of noted composers Richard Danielpour and Ian Krouse.

Austin Ali says, “Transposing a Feeling is dedicated in memory of Bailey Sikorski, who lost his life to a rare form of leukemia at age 21 in 2017. Bailey was one of the first friends I made during my freshman year at the University of Texas at Austin. As my resident assistant, he kept us freshmen out of trouble. Fresh out of high school band, I was delighted to meet Bailey, a junior at the time and a fellow band kid. I quickly learned Bailey was an exceptionally talented clarinetist. He was extremely passionate about band and music, leading his high school as drum major. I also discovered Bailey’s passion for science and aspirations within UT Aerospace Engineering. Eventually, Bailey went on to design hardware and software at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company to be used in NASA’s Orion Crew Capsule to take humans to Mars. Bailey easily became a role model for me at UT. He showed me what a truly talented and motivated young person could accomplish.

“In a school interview, Bailey said, ‘…one dream I had for a really long time was to play in the New York Philharmonic or the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I think music is really just another dimension of the human mind. It is truly a unique form of emotional self-expression, a way of transposing a feeling in a way that isn’t possible with words.’

“Bailey’s words and memory still resonate with me today, inspiring me to compose Transposing A Feeling: For Bailey Sikorski. If you listen to the piece, you’ll hear sweeping upward gestures on the clarinet as if they were reaching toward the sky. Bailey never stopped reaching for the stars. I hope with the help of this piece, he will be one step closer to reaching them.”

Transposing A Feeling: For Bailey Sikorski for solo clarinet was commissioned by Michael Dean and premiered by him at the University of Michigan on his Upper Midwest Tour 2020 in February of 2020.

Gararge Sale Llama (2020) (clarinet & alto saxophone) by Jeffrey Hoover (b.1959) (World Premiere)

Jeffrey Hoover’s work – ranging from compositions for soloist to symphony orchestra – has been recognized through national and international awards, grants, fellowships, and commissions. Also a visual artist, he is known for creating unique interdisciplinary works where he combines his paintings with his compositions. Recognized for distinguished achievement as a composer, he is a member of the ACME roster of Mu Phi Epsilon. He is an active free-lance composer, musician, and teacher in Sacramento, California. His professional web page is jeffreyhooverart.wixsite.com/mysite.

Jeffrey Hoover writes of his work: “Back in December, I attended a Christmas party and noticed that the neighbor of my host had something unusual in his backyard. The host briefly mentioned to me how his neighbor made the acquisition. The following narrative is how I imagine this occurred:

‘On a sunny Saturday morning I was out for a stroll with my wife when I noticed a garage sale down the street from my suburban Sacramento home. As we approached the garage sale, the sound of Christmas songs filled the air and we noticed a number of people looking through the books, furniture, and other usual items. We also noticed a live llama tied up beside the house with a sign nearby that read, Luis The Llama is For Sale. Jeff, I’m still not sure exactly what happened next, but one thing led to another and now we have a live llama in our backyard!’ ”

Garage Sale Llama was commissioned by Duo 35 and premiered by them at the NACWPI/College Music Society National Conference 2020 (online) in October of 2020.

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Duo 35 is a dynamic chamber ensemble featuring Michael Dean on clarinet and Todd Oxford on saxophone. The Texas-based duo engages and entertains audiences with a fresh and versatile repertoire of mostly new music. Mike and Todd recently performed in Canada and at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Clinic/Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

American Clarinetist Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise such as, “world-class clarinetist and pedagogue,” “consummate performer,” “inspirational,” “outstanding teacher,” “super,” “brilliant performer,” and “one of the best clinicians I have ever seen.” Dr. Dean’s career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Royal Northern College of Music, and Eastman School of Music, with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Michigan, Ohio, Alabama, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, and Texas. In April 2021, he will tour Israel giving clarinet recitals and master classes. The following July, he will again return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at Orfeo Music Festival 2021. He is featured on 5 commercial CD’s with a new CD due in 2020. For 11 years he was clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony and has given more than 500 clinics, master classes and performances at high schools, universities, conferences and other venues. As “ClarinetMike,” he writes for his widely-viewed ClarinetMike Blog, read in 150 countries on 6 continents. After a successful 25 years of university clarinet teaching, he relocated to his native Texas due to family concerns. He is an active clarinet performer, teacher, and clinician based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. He’s a BG France Performing Artist. His professional website is clarinetmike.com.

Todd Oxford has appeared as a concert artist, recording artist and on radio and television in Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada, and across the USA. Recent engagements include Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, CAMI Hall in New York, and Texas Rangers Ballpark performing for 30,000 fans. International appearances include Europe, Mexico, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Thailand, and Indonesia. He has appeared on the artist rosters of Columbia Artists Management, Texas Commission on the Arts, and Arts Mid-West. His professional awards include two consecutive New York Debut Awards, six Global Music Awards, Grammy Award nomination, and a recent feature in Billboard Magazine. He appears on eighteen commercially available recordings on the Equilibrium, Mark, Navona, Kairoi, and JLG record labels with worldwide distribution via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and major online retailers. He is an Artist Endorser for Eastman Saxophones and Associate Professor of Saxophone at Texas State University. His professional website is toddoxfordsaxophonist.com.

NOTE: The cropped picture above of a domestic llama and other important attribution information about it are found here. This is not the original Garage Sale Llama. But the Llama’s name might be Luis!

ClarinetMike says, “Llamas are leading the fight against COVID-19, click here!”

NOTE: Time above is in Eastern Daylight Time.

About ClarinetMike

American Clarinetist Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise such as, “world-class clarinetist and pedagogue,” “consummate performer,” “inspirational,” “outstanding teacher,” “super,” “brilliant performer,” and “one of the best clinicians I have ever seen.” Dr. Dean’s career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Royal Northern College of Music, and Eastman School of Music, with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Canada, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, and Texas. He recently returned for a fourth summer to the beautiful Italian Alps of Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival. He is featured on 6 commercial CD’s including his soon-to-be-released new CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. He is also prominent on New Media, such as YouTube. He was clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra for 11 years and he’s also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. He has given more than 500 master classes, clinics and performances at universities, conservatories, conferences, festivals, high schools, junior high schools, and a diverse array of venues. As “ClarinetMike,” he writes for his noted and widely-read ClarinetMike Blog – viewed in 150 countries on 6 continents, clarinetmike.wordpress.com. His blog is the #1 clarinet blog on the Internet according to Google Search and a recent ranking on Feedspot. His articles also appear in professional journals such as the Southwestern Musician, The Bandmasters’ Review, WINDPLAYER, and NACWPI Journal. He is a past president and former officer on the National Board of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). After a successful 20 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, he relocated to his native Texas due to family concerns. He is currently an active clarinet and woodwind performer, teacher, clinician, blogger, and consultant based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Colorado at Boulder, and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Bob Ackerman, and Jess Youngblood. He is a BG France Performing Artist and his professional website is clarinetmike.com. Mike and his family live in Hurst, Texas. His family’s new Golden Retriever, Nimbus, is a relative of Andy.
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2 Responses to Program Notes for Duo 35 Concert at NACWPI/CMS National Conference 2020 (online) featuring TWO World Premieres!

  1. theunretired says:

    Is the concert open to the public?

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