DREAMERS captures the eclecticism of jazz guitarist SCOTT SAWYER. A superb self-editor and an inspiring leader, Sawyer knows what he wants to say ensemble-wise and solo-wise. He bends the strings, hesitates, surges and slurs, dipping the music into the dirty water of some mythical Delta. Savvy improvisers embrace and intertwine.
Resounding Earth: commissioned by the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, and Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.
The University of South Carolina Marching Band is one of the premiere college bands in the country. “The Mighty Sound of the Southeast” performs fun and exciting music designed to reach a wide-ranging audience by highlighting both traditional school songs and pop music genres from decades throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Spektral Quartet’s debut, CHAMBERS is a time capsule of Chicago’s vibrant new-music scene from 2010-13. From exquisite microtonal harmonies to textures at the edge of the audible to hyper-kinetic guitar-pick strumming, CHAMBERS leads listeners through six rooms, each filled with a distinct voice and unique acoustic.
Spotlight One features 3 Spanish songs by Frank Wallace and a solo guitar work inspired by Pablo Neruda. Epitafio a un Pájaro is heard here in its first recording done in Toluca Mexico with Nury Ulate, flute and Diavd Mozqueda, guitar. See video about making this recording on our website.
MacDonald chose to write for this specific instrumentation — cello, saxophone, piano and percussion — "as a means to escape the predictability, established parameters and creative confines found in the more typical jazz instrumentations."