WILDY ZUMWALT AND CARINA RASCHER / Sigurd M. Rascher : Retrospectiva de su vida y carrera

Dr. Wildy Zumwalt Professor of Saxophone, State University of New York at Fredonia
Carina Rascher Founding member and former soprano saxophonist with the Rascher Saxophone Quartet

Wildy Zumwalt is an active performer, teacher and scholar of the saxophone. Recent engagements have included concerts and masterclasses at the Utrecht Conservatorium, the Hartt School of Music, the Darmstadt Akademie für Tonkunst, and the 7th International Saxophone Festival in Szczecin, Poland. In 2009, Zumwalt was a featured soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, performing the Concerto by Lars-Erik Larsson. He plays regularly with the Chautauqua Symphony, and has appeared with the Knoxville Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and Naples Philharmonic among others. Zumwalt is currently Professor of Saxophone at the State University of New York in Fredonia, and is a member of the duo Klang par2.

Carina Rascher, born in Cambridge, New York in 1945, started studying saxophone with her father Sigurd Rascher at the age of five and she gave her first concert the following year. In 1952, she began playing a series of duo concerts with her father for which many new works were composed. Her early career included performances in New York's Town Hall and in Carnegie Hall, as well as concerts in Stockholm, Prague and other European cities. Additionally, she was a featured soloist with both the Munich Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. As a member of the acclaimed Rascher Saxophone Quartet, she performed in major venues around the world for 33 years until her retirement in 2002. She was also a founding member of the Rascher Saxophone Orchestra. Carina Rascher continues to teach masterclasses and edit works for the saxophone.

Sigurd M. Rascher : A Retrospective of his Life and Career

Utilzing source materials from the Sigurd M. Rascher Archive held in Reed Library at SUNY Fredonia, we will offer a powerpoint presentation on the life and career of Sigurd Rascher. Recordings, photos, manuscripts, and personal accounts by his daughter will assist in telling the fascinating story of one of the early pioneers of our instrument.



TIM ARMACOST / Inside/Outside : La práctica para ser un gran improvisador

In a career already spanning 28 years, saxophonist and composer Tim Armacost has amassed an impressive array of credits, releasing eight albums as a leader, two of which feature his regular quartet with Bruce Barth, Ray Drummond and Billy Hart. He has toured throughout the world, and has played on 40 records as a sideman. Armacost is a member of the cooperative group, NY Standards Quartet, and co-leads the Brooklyn Big Band, for which he composes and arranges. Forty-one of Armacost's compositions have been recorded, and numerous university ensembles are performing and recording his big band charts. Wynton Marsalis commissioned Armacost to write an original composition and arrangement for the 'Jazz And Art' concert at Lincoln Center, which was performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in February of 2010. After 20 years on the road, Armacost decided recently to begin teaching again. He completed a Masters Degree in Jazz Composition at Queens College, joined the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop in the summer of 2006, and, in addition to his busy touring schedule, is active giving improvisation master classes at universities throughout the US, Japan and Europe.

Inside/Outside : Training to be a Great Improviser

I will discuss and demonstrate the two processes essential to becoming an effective improviser – training “from the outside in,” meaning training one’s inner ear to hear melodies, both simple and complex, and training “from the inside out,” meaning developing one’s ability immediately to deliver those melodies, without hesitation, through one’s instrument. With my instrument in hand, I have an audience member sing or play me a melody, preferably one I’ve never heard before. I demonstrate how I learn to sing it first, and then try immediately to play it through my instrument, without taking any time to “figure it out” with my fingers. I emphasize that there is no time to “figure it out” while you’re performing, so it is of utmost importance to train your ability to deliver new ideas immediately. I then use my computer to play some music from the jazz tradition, and show how I use this method to study the tradition. I am a jazz musician, but I use this method of learning with classical music with my students as well. Sitting at a piano, I show how I use my warm-up routine to engage my mind and my inner ear, never doing exercises without having a connection to improvisation. The overall goal is to show a comprehensive and efficient way of learning, which maximizes practice time and helps a performer take steps toward a number of long-term goals simultaneously.



THOMAS LILEY / Marcel Mule, Sigurd Rascher, y el saxofón

from USA

Thomas Liley has appeared throughout the United States and in Canada, China, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia in solo and chamber music performances. Works have been written for him by Claude Baker, James Barnes, David DeBoor Canfield, William Davis, and Frederick Fox. He is co-author of The Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone, author of Eugene Rousseau: With Casual Brilliance, Director of Scholarly Publications for the North American Saxophone Alliance, and a member of the Comité International de Saxophone.

In addition to several World Saxophone Congresses, Liley twice has performed and lectured at the Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium and the Sichuan Central Conservatory of Music in Chengdu. Liley received the degree of Doctor of Music from Indiana University and is a former member of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. He has been a Guest Professor of Saxophone at Indiana University, the University of Minnesota, Kansas State University, and the University of Iowa. A Yamaha Performing Artist, Liley is a Professor of Music at Joliet Junior College in Illinois. He performs exclusively on E. Rousseau mouthpieces and Rico reeds.

Marcel Mule, Sigurd Rascher, and the Saxophone

Marcel Mule and Sigurd Rascher perceived the instrument differently than most (perhaps all) of their predecessors, succeeding in elevating its position in the musical world.  Their lives, careers, and legacies contain interesting parallels and differences which help us to better understand both the heritage and the current state of the saxophone.  The presentation will include recordings by Mule and Rascher performing the same works and videos to give a sense of the men.



SIGMA PROJECT & AIZPEA GOENAGA / Musica para saxofón en la Asociación Vasco-Navarra de compositores: Ramon Lazkano & Felix Ibarrondo (Video non authorized)

Sigma Project
Andrés Gomis Soprano Saxophone
Angel Soria Alto Saxophone
Miguel Romero Tenor Saxophone
Josetxo Silguero Baritone Saxophone
Aizpea Goenaga Writer and Film Director

The quartet of saxophones Sigma Project was formed in October 2007 with the goal of becoming an ensemble of reference. Formed by four highly-recognized soloists, strongly committed to musical creation - Josetxo Silguero, Andrés Gomis, Ángel Soria and Miguel Romero - the quartet focusses on reflexion, study and investigation of sound, with a constant search and application of new technology and strong connections to other artistic areas.

Sigma Project made its debut in Auditorio Kursaal, in San Sebastián (Spain) in 2008, within the Quincena Musical de San Sebastián, achieving great success from the critics and public. It has performed at many of the main Spanish halls: Auditorium of the Reina Sofia National Museum for the Contemporary Arts, Museum Es Baluard d'Art Modern i Contemporani in Palma de Mallorca, Nacional Auditorium in Madrid, Fundació Miró in Palma de Mallorca, ENSEMS-Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea in Valencia and International Festival of Contemporary Music of Alicante among others.

Sigma Project supports the stimulation and creation of a new symphonic repertoire for saxophone quartet. In 2010, they premiered Lalibela, a concert for 4 bass saxophones and Symphonic Orchestra, by Xavier Carbonell. Future premieres are the concerts for Quartet of Saxophones and Symphonic Orchestra by Félix Ibarrondo and the Concert for 4 saxophones and Symphonic Orchestra by Josep Maria Mestres.

Writer and film director, Aizpea Goenaga, is head of the Etxeoare Institute, dedicated to promoting Basque Culture. She is a writer, actress and stage director with many different awards and books published.

Saxophone music at the Basque-Navarre Association of Composers: Ramon Lazkano & Felix Ibarrondo

Presentation of the Basque-Navarre Association of Composers and its contribution to new music for saxophone, with the two main examples of the Basque composers Ramon Lazkano and Felix Ibarrondo, which works will be performed at the Congress.



RICK VANMATRE / Creando variedad en la improvisación libre (Video non authorized)

Rick VanMatre

Rick VanMatre Saxophone

from USA

Rick VanMatre is Adjunct Professor of Saxophone and Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to jazz performances and recitals in the US, Europe and Israel, concerts and recordings have included unique crossover works featuring art installation, aleatoric computer music, organ, vocal ensemble, Indian music, drama, poetry, dance, and with diverse artists such as John McNeil, Tim Hagans, Roland Vazquez, Duke Ellington Orchestra, and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra with Manhattan Transfer. He has appeared with James Conlon's Linton Series, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and as concerto soloist with the New York Repertory Orchestra.

Educational performances and lectures include NASA, WSC, IAJE, Jamey Aebersold, and universities in Europe, China, and Brazil. He has written for Saxophone Journal and served as Jazz Coordinator for NASA. As Director of the CCM Jazz Program from 1983-2010, he was responsible for expanding the BM in Jazz, creating the MM in Jazz Studies and the DMA in Saxophone, establishing the Jazz Recording Studio, and running the CCM Visiting Artist Series, one of the most extensive in the nation. Many of his former students are active performers and university professors. Mr VanMatre is an endorsing artist for Selmer Saxophones.

Creating Variety in Free Improvisation

This lecture/demonstration will present an examination of aesthetic concepts and practical devices used to create variety in free improvisation. Examples will apply to “free jazz” and “classical” improvisation using both non-harmonic vocabulary and elements of functional harmony. Motivic development, rhythmic “feel”, melodic contour, and implied harmonic sequences will be demonstrated within solo pieces, aleatoric sections, and cadenzas. In addition to artistic ideas for interpretation, this clinic will present tangible exercises to achieve more contrast. In particular, concepts such as tension/release, activity/passivity, dissonance/consonance, chromaticism/diatonicism, and repetition/variation will be examined, emphasizing finding subtlety of expression. (It is important to find a balance between boring predictability and manneristic exaggeration.) Specific saxophone techniques also will be demonstrated, including tone and articulation methods. As with any form of musical art, intuitive reaction and development of the ear through listening to the great masters is more important than intellectual analysis. Nevertheless, the techniques studied in this presentation may help the student to develop more quickly the ability to emulate the highest examples of improvisation. Even for the advanced performer and teacher, these ideas will hopefully provide inspiration for experimentation for the sake of achieving contrast, the hallmark of every artist.