gregory wanamaker
Combining athletic virtuosity and lyrical expressionism, Gregory Wanamaker's music has been called "achingly beautiful" (Palm Beach Daily News), "compelling" (Audiophile Audition), "outstanding" (American Record Guide), "cutting-edge" (Tallahassee Democrat) and "a technical tour de force" (Fanfare).
gregory wanamaker
Combining athletic virtuosity and lyrical expressionism, Gregory Wanamaker's music has been called "achingly beautiful" (Palm Beach Daily News), "compelling" (Audiophile Audition), "outstanding" (American Record Guide), "cutting-edge" (Tallahassee Democrat) 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

Saxophone Sonatas
Sonata deus sax machina (2000)

Brandon Jinwoo Choi, alto saxophone
Hyun Ji Oh, piano

latest recording

Saxophone Sonatas
Sonata deus sax machina (2000)

Brandon Jinwoo Choi, alto saxophone
Hyun Ji Oh, piano

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

I wrote my first saxophone music for Patrick Meighan…

…who is the recipient of a surprise concert today in celebration of his announced retirement after a glorious 40 years or so at The Florida State University College of Music. I wrote a work Flight for saxophone orchestra, which will be premiered at this evening’s concert by 68 students and alumni from Pat’s studio. Here is… Continue Reading

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