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Release: March 16, 2001

North American Saxophone Alliance meeting brings concerts to the UI March 30-April 1

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 2000.

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 France’s highest teaching diploma in music in 1982, Goury has taught in the French Conservatory system. Today he teaches at one of France’s 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.

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2001 NASA Conference, Region 3
March 30-April 1, 2001
Schedule of Events

Harper Hall:
8 pm Saxophone and Percussion Concert, featuring UI faculty and guests with the UI Percussion Ensemble

Opera Rehearsal Room:
8 am-4 pm Registration
9 am-5 pm Exhibit Booths

Harper Hall:
9 am Concert: North Dakota State University Student Saxophone Quartet, UI Freshman Saxophone Quartet
10 am Concert: Angela Wyatt, Russell Peterson, John Engebretson, Christopher Koecher
11 am Lecture/demonstration: Bruce Western, "Re-Visiting the C-Melody Saxophone"
Noon Lunch
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 Saxophone Music"
5:30 pm Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet and the Ancia Saxophone Quartet

Choral Room:
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

Opera Rehearsal Room:
8 am-noon Registration
9 am – 5 pm Exhibit Booths

Harper Hall:
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
Noon Lunch
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"