| in Steel


Program Notes

in Steel for alto saxophone and percussion was commissioned by Becky Morris and Joshua Priest, both graduate students at the University of Colorado - Boulder.  The piece is the product on many discussions with Becky about wanting a piece for saxophone and vibraphone.  Becky had recently heard my vibraphone trio In My Mother’s Garden and contacted me for a work using vibraphone and her instrument, alto saxophone, for her master’s recital.  The piece is a far departure from the music I have recently been writing.  Instead of small cells of pitch material, I instead used modes in order to construct the melodic and harmonic fabric of the piece.  Using these large sets of pitch material I did not have the transformative freedom of pitch material I usually employ.  Instead, the materials change slowly by adding new pitches and altering existing pitches.  The material bends and twists.  It was this concept that brought to mind metal sculptures and the small cards next to a work of art in which it states the title and the medium. 

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Becky Morris and Joshua Priest at

Grusin Music Hall, University of Colorado - Boulder

Boulder, CO


Dan Gelok and Aaron Guillory at

Duncan Hall, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University

Houston, TX


Dan Gelok and Aaron Guillory at

Duncan Hall, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University

Houston, TX


Becky Morris and Jeffery Luft at

Northeastern Illinois University

North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Region 5

Chicago, IL


Dan Gelok and Aaron Guillory at Orange Show Monument

Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

Houston, TX


in_keys Duo at Salón de Plenos Ayuntamiento de Granada

Granada, Spain


in_keys Duo at Casa Condesa de Torre-Isabel

Motril, Spain


in_keys Duo at Casa de Culture

Molvizar, Spain


Aaron Durst and David Kile at Tryon Festival Theater

2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference

University of Illinois -  Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL


Aaron Durst and David Kile at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

Menomonie, WI


in_keys Duo at Euroclassical Festival

Teatro Helena Sá e Costa

Oporto, Portugal


Pictures courtesy of Monica Kressman