Urban Development (2017)

For alto saxophone duo
Duration: 6 minutes

Commissioned by Lisa Keeney and Andrea Voulgaris

 

Program note:

The title Urban Development is a play on words. As composers, we are always taught to fully develop our ideas in order to create a cohesive piece. I tried to take a short four-note motive and develop it to its maximum capacity to serve as the basis for the entire piece. We also tend to associate the sound of saxophones with big city life, so I tried to capture the fast-paced bustle and energy of a city in this Urban Development. My sincere thanks to Lisa Keeney and Andrea Voulgaris for commissioning this piece.

 

Performance video:
Andrea Voulgaris and Lisa Keeney, alto saxophones
Recorded and edited by Nelson Gast

 

Audio recording:
Andrea Voulgaris and Lisa Keeney, alto saxophones
Recorded by Nelson Gast

 

Performances:

March 3rd-4th, 2017
North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Region V Conference
Performed by Andrea Voulgaris and Lisa Keeney
Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana

March 28th, 2017
“write HEAR right NOW:”
University of Michigan Student Composers Concert
Performed by Andrea Voulgaris and Lisa Keeney
Britton Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, MI

April 14th, 2017
Specialist Recital: Andrea Voulgaris, saxophone
Performed by Andrea Voulgaris and Lisa Keeney
Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, Ann Arbor, MI

April 27th, 2017
“Company of Birds:” An Evening of New Music
Performed by Andrea Voulgaris and Lisa Keeney
Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI