gregory wanamaker

Combining athletic virtuosity and lyrical expressionism, Gregory Wanamaker’s music has been called "pure gold, shot through with tenderness and grace" (San Francisco Chronicle), “achingly beautiful” (Palm Beach Daily News), “compelling” (Audiophile Audition), “outstanding” (American Record Guide), and “a technical tour de force” (Fanfare).

gregory wanamaker

Combining athletic virtuosity and lyrical expressionism, Gregory Wanamaker’s music has been called "pure gold, shot through with tenderness and grace" (San Francisco Chronicle), “achingly beautiful” (Palm Beach Daily News), “compelling” (Audiophile Audition), “outstanding” (American Record Guide), and “a technical tour de force” (Fanfare).

audio/video samples

The Madding Crowd
from A Story Within a Story (2013)

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

audio/video samples

The Madding Crowd
from A Story Within a Story (2013)

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

latest recording

Light and Shadows, Waves and Time

Various Artists

latest recording

Light and Shadows, Waves and Time

Various Artists

new work

of Light and Shadows
for alto saxophone and piano (2015)

of Light and Shadows is a sonata in two very contrasting movements that reflect on the interactions between light and light’s shadow-creating obstructors.

new work

of Light and Shadows
for alto saxophone and piano (2015)

of Light and Shadows is a sonata in two very contrasting movements that reflect on the interactions between light and light’s shadow-creating obstructors.

"Gregory Wanamaker's Elegy, a tribute to the victims of 9/11, was the highlight of the first half. It is an achingly beautiful work, with harmonic tensions resolving like a high Renaissance motet."

Ken Keaton, Palm Beach Daily News
March 17, 2013

"Gregory Wanamaker's Elegy, a tribute to the victims of 9/11, was the highlight of the first half. It is an achingly beautiful work, with harmonic tensions resolving like a high Renaissance motet."

Ken Keaton, Palm Beach Daily News
March 17, 2013

“On the quieter side, Three Episodes by Greg Wanamaker has a playful, jazzy feel to it that I admired, as do a lot of Wanamaker’s works…”

Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition
February 20, 2014

“On the quieter side, Three Episodes by Greg Wanamaker has a playful, jazzy feel to it that I admired, as do a lot of Wanamaker’s works…”

Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition
February 20, 2014

“Gregory Wanamaker’s Sonata deus sax machina combines traditional jazz flavors with contemporary tonality and extended effects – multiphonics, smack-tonguing, note bending – in a technical tour de force.”

Ronald E. Grames, Fanfare Magazine
34:2 Nov/Dec 2010

“Gregory Wanamaker’s Sonata deus sax machina combines traditional jazz flavors with contemporary tonality and extended effects – multiphonics, smack-tonguing, note bending – in a technical tour de force.”

Ronald E. Grames, Fanfare Magazine
34:2 Nov/Dec 2010

latest news

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… Continue Reading

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