February 28, 2016
Stephen Page has accepted the tenure-track Assistant Professor position at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, effective August 2016. Dr. Page has taught on the UT Faculty since August of 2014 as Visiting Assistant Professor.
February 1, 2016
In January, Zzyzx was in residence at Baylor University where the group taught masterclasses, coached quartets and gave a clinic on reeds. At the conclusion of the residency, ZQ performed as part of the Lyceum Concert Series, featuring music by David Maslanka, Jean-Francaix, J.S. Bach, Marc-Andres Hamelin and two premieres by David Canfield and Ben Hjertmann (winner of the Barlow Endowment). We had a wonderful time performing and working with the very talented students at Baylor and sincerely thank Prof. Michael Jacobson for the invitation!
Zzyzx gives Barlow Premier
January 18, 2016
On January 16th, Zzyzx gave the premier of Awake, Alive, Amok, Ajar, Ben Hjertmann, winner of the Barlow Endowment Prize in Composition. Zzyzx served on the adjudication panel for the Barlow Endowment in the summer of 2014, along with PRISM Quartet and the United States Air Force Saxophone Quartet. Composer Ben Hjertman’s stunning new work is a wonderful addition to the saxophone repertoire, and is his third composition for saxophone quartet. In this video, Ben discusses the new piece in detail. Zzyzx looks forward to recording the piece later this summer, and to further performances in future tours.
Zzyzx Members in Saxophone Today.
November 1, 2016
Stephen Page and Stacy Wilson were both interviewed in front cover features for Saxophone Today. Learn more about the contents by visiting www.saxophonetoday.com
Dana Booher records Prokofiev “Romeo and Juliet” with Baltimore Symphony.
October 25, 2016
Dana Booher performed the prominent tenor saxophone part on Sergei Prokofiev’s lush “Romeo and Juliet” with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, in October of 2015. Dana and the BSO then recorded the entire ballet score, to be released on the NAXOS label later this year.
World Saxophone Congress:
August 1, 2015
Zzyzx Quartet was selected for feature performances at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France July 9-14. First, in a concert titled “Sax and Strings”, which was broadcast internationally throughout Europe, ZQ gave the world premiere of a new work for saxophone quartet and string quartet by Daniel Pesca, and were then joined by the Ellipsos quartet for a performance of Claude Debussy’s Fêtes from Nocturnes. Zzyzx also gave a recital featuring a European Premiere of a movement of “Songs for the Coming Day” by David Maslanka, XAS by Iannix Xenakis and virtuosic transcription by Marc-Andres Hamelin arranged by our own by Matt Evans.
Matt Evans joins the Pershing’s Own Concert Band
June 1, 2016
Just days after conferring his DMA in Saxophone Performance and MM in Music Theory, Dr. Matt Evans won the audition for the Baritone Saxophone Vacancy in the Pershing’s Own Concert Band. Matt graduated from Basic Training at Fort Benning and is now living in Washington D.C. and settling into his new role with one of the most distinguished military bands.