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Release: March 16, 2001
North American Saxophone Alliance meeting brings concerts to the UI March
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa School of Music will host a regional
meeting of the North American Saxophone Alliance March 30 through April 1.
In connection with the meeting there will be concerts by UI faculty and guest
artists, as well as workshops, master classes and lectures -- all free and
open to the public.
The North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) is a professional music organization
for people who share an enthusiasm for the saxophone. Members include professional
performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all
levels and others who have an interest in the saxophone. The meeting in Iowa
City is for members in a five-state region, embracing North and South Dakota,
Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa.
The meeting has been organized by UI faculty member Matthew Sintchak, who
will be featured on a concert of music for saxophone and percussion at 8 p.m.
Friday, March 30 in Clapp Recital Hall. Appearing with Sintchak on that concert
will be UI faculty members Dan Moore, percussion, and Mark Weiger, oboe, as
well as the UI Percussion Ensemble. Russell Peterson, a composer/saxophonist
who teaches at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., will perform his own
Concerto for Saxophone and Percussion Orchestra.
The conference will also feature two guests from outside the region, saxophonists
Jean-Michel Goury and Ramon Ricker.
Goury, who teaches in Paris, will perform a concert with his Quartour Apollinaire
(Apollonaire Quartet) at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31 in Clapp Recital Hall.
The quartet -- comprising Goury, saxophone; Yves Josset, piano; Sophie Goury,
flute; and Marie-Christine Josset, keyboards and voice -- will perform in
various combinations the works of Maurice Ravel, Charles Ives, Heitor Villa-Lobos,
Charles Koechiln and several contemporary composers. Goury will also present
a master class at 1 p.m. Sunday in Harper Hall.
The quartet is named for the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire. An experimental
poet who was active at the turn of the last century, Apollinaire inspired
the members of the ensemble in their goal "to reveal and revive a repertoire
still largely underestimated and deserving of new attention."
Founded in 1994, the quartet dedicates itself primarily to chamber music
from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. It also commissions
contemporary works for its unusual instrumental combination. Since 1996 the
quartet has performed concerts and master classes throughout the United States,
Canada, Italy, Spain, and Israel. Their first CD recording was completed in
Ricker, professor of saxophone at the Eastman School of Music, will present
a master class at 1 p.m. Saturday, featuring contemporary saxophone music,
and an improvisation master class at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1. Both classes
will be held in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building.
During the conference there will also be performances by student groups
from throughout the five-state region and lecture demonstrations and classes
in Harper Hall on both classical and jazz saxophone performance. Saxophone
music and other products of interest to saxophonists will be exhibited throughout
the conference in the Opera Rehearsal Room.
Goury was born in Tonneins, France. He was introduced to music by his father,
who was secretary of the French National Association of Bands. He studied
at the Music Conservatory in Bordeaux and received the Gold Medal in saxophone,
given unanimously by the jury. He has won first prize in a number of national
and international music competitions, including Aix-le-Bains in 1980, where
he received congratulatory remarks from the president of the jury, legendary
saxophonist Marcel Mule.
Since receiving Frances highest teaching diploma in music in 1982,
Goury has taught in the French Conservatory system. Today he teaches at one
of Frances most modern schools, the National Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt
in Paris. He has given solo concerts with many European orchestras and participated
in World Saxophone Congresses in Nuremberg, Washington, Kawasaki and Pesaro.
Ricker began his musical studies on the clarinet at age 10, but later his
interest in jazz led him to begin saxophone lessons. He has continued to perform
on both instruments throughout his professional career. Today he performs
as saxophone and clarinet soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and
North America. His books on jazz improvisation and technique are considered
standards in the field, with more than 120,000 copies sold worldwide and translations
in French and Japanese.
In addition to his duties as artist/teacher of saxophone at the Eastman
School of Music, Ricker teaches Entrepreneurship in Music, coaches the award-winning
jazz group Saxology, is director of the Orchestral Studies Program and is
chair of the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Department. He has been a
member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since 1973 and he continues
to play in, and occasionally conduct, the orchestra.
A visiting professor at the UI, Sintchak has previously taught at the University
of Hartford; Nazareth College and Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y.;
and at Eastman, where he won a 1996-97 Teaching Prize. An avid performer of
contemporary music, Sintchak has performed throughout the United States, Canada
and Japan. He has studied at Boston University, the New England Conservatory
of Music, the Eastman School of Music and the Paris Conservatory in France.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts.
More detailed information on the conference may be found on the worldwide
web, at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/SAXconf.html.
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2001 NASA Conference, Region 3
March 30-April 1, 2001
Schedule of Events
FRIDAY, MARCH 30
8 pm Saxophone and Percussion Concert, featuring UI faculty and guests with
the UI Percussion Ensemble
SATURDAY, MARCH 31
Opera Rehearsal Room:
8 am-4 pm Registration
9 am-5 pm Exhibit Booths
9 am Concert: North Dakota State University Student Saxophone Quartet, UI
Freshman Saxophone Quartet
10 am Concert: Angela Wyatt, Russell Peterson, John Engebretson, Christopher
11 am Lecture/demonstration: Bruce Western, "Re-Visiting the C-Melody
1 pm Master class with Ramon Ricker
2:30 pm Concert: Debra McKim, Joren Cain
3:30 pm Lecture/Recital: Jean-Francois Guay and Robert Lemay "Canadian
5:30 pm Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet and the Ancia
4:30 pm Lecture/demonstration: Michael Giles, "Music of Kenny Garrett"
Clapp Recital Hall:
8 pm Concert: Quatuor Apollonaire
The Sanctuary (405 S. Gilbert St.):
9:30 pm Doug Little Quartet
SUNDAY, APRIL 1
Opera Rehearsal Room:
8 am-noon Registration
9 am 5 pm Exhibit Booths
9 am Concert: East Greene High School Saxophone Choir, UI Ensemble
10 am Performance: Chisato Eda, Tag Tuck, UI Graduate Saxophone Quartet
11 am Performance: Capitol Saxophone Quartet and the Hard-Bop Saxophone Quartet
1 pm Master class with Jean-Michel Goury
2:30 pm Improvisation master class with Ray Ricker
3:30 pm Performance/demo: Robert Lemay, "The Etudes of Robert Lemay"
4 pm Lecture/discussion: Stu Anderson, "Saxophone Acoustics"
5:30 pm Concert: Melissa Reiser, Debra Richtmeyer
6:30 pm Concert: Matthew Patnode, Steve Duke
Clapp Recital Hall Lobby:
4:30 pm Lecture/demonstration: Steve Duke, "Freeing Performance Technique
by Freeing the Breath"