Gregory Wanamaker Music

News for Spring 2014

The amazing Ioan Harea premieres Blue Horo at The Crane School of Music on April 8 at 7:30. Blue Horo is a 5 minute virtuosic violin solo in the spirit of Ysäye or Kreisler works, with the rhythmic and tonal language reminiscent of a Bulgarian horo within a loose 12-bar blues structure. For those who can't be there in person, a live-stream will be available here.

Velocity 2 (John Masserini, clarinet, and Jonathan Bergeron, saxophone) Just completed a whirlwind tour of the Deep South. Their debut album, Flux, for Centaur Records, is scheduled for release this Spring. This terrific album marks the fifth commercial recording of my Duo Sonata and a beautifully expressive reading of the Elegy contained therein.

yes with a BANG! received its world premiere at the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference at The University of Illinois on March 22. Scored for 10 saxophones, yes with a BANG! was commissioned by the Christopher Creviston and the Arizona State University Saxophone Choir, with generous support from Han Solo (far right).

The Creviston-Fader Duo's debut album Thrash is now available through Amazon. Featuring my Three Episodes (Twitch, Repose, Spasm), Thrash is produced and engineered by Scott Burgess for the White Pine Label with generous assistance from the Aaron Copland Foundation. Click the image to right to purchase Thrash.

I enjoyed a terrific residency as the Guest Composer at Palm Beach Atlantic University's Frontwave New Music Festival in sunny West Palm Beach March 27 - 29. Faculty, students and guest artists performed several of my works including Run, Duo Sonata, A Story Within A Story, eriAire, and the string orchestra version of Elegy.

About Gregory Wanamaker


Over the past several years, musicians and critics alike have praised Gregory Wanamaker’s music as “compelling,” “outstanding,” “cutting-edge” “skillful,” and “a technical tour de force” in publications including Fanfare, American Record Guide, and Audiophile Audition.


His earliest musical training began at age 6 in professional summer stock theater companies, and continued through both schooled and self-guided explorations through the American folk music of the 1960s,  bebop and free jazz, and Western classical music of the late 20th century. He continues his study of sounds to those from around the world, to draw from a variety of musics to inform his continually evolving voice.


His music has been commissioned and performed all over the world by soloists and ensembles including PRISM Quartet, Trujillo Symphony Orchestra, Capitol Quartet, Timothy McAllister, Robert Spring, Christopher Creviston, Oren Fader, Masato Kumoi Saxophone Quartet, The MAVerick Ensemble, Velocity2, The Donald Sinta Quartet, The Gregg Smith Singers, Mana Trio, Deborah Bish, Ensemble Radieuse, The Three Reeds Duo, Lynn McGrath, and The Society for New Music.


Fluent in all musical media, Wanamaker’s best-known works are his chamber works that exploit unique timbral characteristics and technical extensions of wind instruments. To date, his virtuosic Duo Sonata for clarinet and saxophone has received over 300 performances world-wide and is featured on five commercial recordings. His Sonata deus sax machina is one of the required pieces for finalists of the 2014 Adolphe Sax International Competition in Dinant, Belgium.


Gregory Wanamaker’s multimedia collaboration with 2013 MacArthur Fellowship Award Winner Carrie Mae Weems, A Story Within a Story, was commissioned in 2011 by the Syracuse-based Society for New Music, and was supported in part by a National Endowment for the Arts 2011 Access to Artistic Excellence Grant. He also is the recipient of a 2012 Individual Artist Commission from The New York State Council on the Arts and 20 consecutive standard awards from ASCAP in addition to awards from the National Association of Composers/USA and Britten-On-The-Bay.


Wanamaker currently serves as Professor of Composition at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he has taught since 1997.  He studied composition with William Averitt, Thomas Albert,  Anthony Branker and Ladislav Kubík.


Gregory Wanamaker has several recorded works on the Innova, Albany, Centaur, KCM, Mark Custom, White Pine and Summit labels. He publishes his own music, which is available exclusively through his website:

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