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

Luminant Shadows
for wind ensemble (2018)

Luminant Shadows is an orchestration of the first movement of my second sonata for alto saxophone and piano of Light and Shadows.

new work

Luminant Shadows
for wind ensemble (2018)

Luminant Shadows is an orchestration of the first movement of my second sonata for alto saxophone and piano of Light and Shadows.

"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

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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… Continue Reading

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