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Album release notes: Comments about …unsettled, unphased…

Robert Young and Amir Young put together this wonderful video during the rehearsals and recording of …unsettled, unphased…, the second on Light and Shadows, Waves and Time to be released on Navona Records on April 13, 2018.

The track features Robert Young on tenor saxophone, pianist M. Maxwell Howard, John Geggie on double bass, and Tim Sullivan on drumset & percussion. Dave Schall is the recording and editing engineer.

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It is difficult to fathom the current state of the United States and the World. Messages of hate and violence appear to overshadow messages of love and peace, and injustices to the planet and most of her population are met with no response from those who are in positions of power. I have no intention… Continue Reading

A few short memories of Ladislav Kubík

I was sad to hear the news on late Friday night that Ladislav Kubík had passed away. Ladia was my composition teacher, who became my mentor and friend during my time as a graduate student at Florida State University in the early 90s. There have been many wonderful tributes to him over the weekend; it… Continue Reading

Laude! New Music for The Holidays.

Laude! is my latest collaboration with my friend and partner in crime Garth Bardsley. Approximately 23 minutes in duration, Laude! celebrates celebrates Peace and Hope during a time of emptiness and despair. The work borrows melodies and words from the 13th century Italian Codex Laudario di Cortona with the addition of profound and beautiful contemporary words by Garth Bardsley. Laude! is… Continue Reading

About “of Light and Shadows”

of Light and Shadows is my second sonata for alto saxophone and piano. Composed fifteen years after my first, deus sax machina, the piece is in two contrasting movements that reflect on the interactions between light and light’s shadow-creating obstructors. The first movement, Luminant Shadows, is a slow and sustained nocturne in arch form. The… Continue Reading

Duo Entre Nous‬ and Gregory Wanamaker

Nice words about Ragahoro Breakdown by Melissa Morales from Lisa’s Clarinet Shop. “Earlier this week the saxophone and clarinet duo Duo Entre Nous‬ released a recording of a new work, Ragahoro Breakdown, that they commissioned from composer and Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam professor, Gregory Wanamaker. Duo members Jackie Glazier, Clarinet and Don-Paul… Continue Reading

Donald Sinta Quartet at Bravo!Vail

I’m so pleased that Donald Sinta Quartet has brought my Elegy and Speed Metal Organum Blues to Bravo!Vail this summer! Check out this clip of them performing a late night show at Bravo!Vail After Dark. It features speed metal organum blues, Dan Graser’s wit, and some amazing playing from one of my favorite ensembles! They’re in… Continue Reading

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