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

Vigil
for tenor saxophone and bass clarinet (2018)

Vigil for tenor saxophone and bass clarinet was commissioned by the Netherlands-based Duo Hevans. It is intended as music for reflection, while looking forward to new and more positive times.

new work

Vigil
for tenor saxophone and bass clarinet (2018)

Vigil for tenor saxophone and bass clarinet was commissioned by the Netherlands-based Duo Hevans. It is intended as music for reflection, while looking forward to new and more positive times.

"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

A New Review of LIGHT AND SHADOWS, WAVES AND TIME

Nearly six months after its release, it’s good to know that some nice reviews are coming in for LIGHT AND SHADOWS, WAVES AND TIME. The latest comes from Sven Godenrath, a critic and opera aficionado from Hamburg, who includes the following: In the first part of “Light and Shadows – Luminant shadows” begins the piano, played… Continue Reading

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