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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Rick VanMatre

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Name: Rick VanMatre
Website: http://rickvanmatre.com/
Presentation Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 9:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Organ Hall
Presentation Title: New Third Stream Quartet – Rick VanMatre, James Bunte, Peter Sommer, James Romain – Performs Premieres of Commissioned Jazz/Classical Works
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 16

Rick VanMatre has presented exploratory solo recitals and jazz club performances in the US, Europe, Israel, Brazil, and Asia. In addition to recording his own quintet with original compositions, he has recorded with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, PsychoAcoustic Orchestra, and performed with such diverse artists as the Duke Ellington and Woody Herman orchestras, Roland Vazquez, John McNeil, Tim Hagans, concert:nova, and James Conlon’s Linton Series. He has commissioned five classical/jazz hybrid concerti and performed them with the New York Repertory Orchestra, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra (China), JeJu Orchestra (South Korea), Illinois Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and others. He is Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Saxophone and Jazz at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he was Director of Jazz Studies from 1983-2010. He has written for Saxophone Journal and served as Jazz Coordinator for NASA. VanMatre is an endorsing artist for Selmer Saxophones and D’Addario Reeds.

Ensemble Bio:

The New Third Stream Quartet was formed in the interest of combining the rhythmic and improvisatory language of contemporary jazz with elements of modern chamber composition. The saxophonists in the quartet are accomplished jazz and classical saxophonists, and performances focus on the creative energy of progressive jazz as well as the precision and communication found in traditional saxophone quartets. The flexibility of jazz improvisation is balanced with the rich harmonic and timbral colors of 21st century classical music. The quartet’s repertoire consists primarily of commissioned works and the ensemble is dedicated to encouraging composers to unite jazz and classical styles. The NTSQ gave its inaugural performance at the WSC in Bangkok and has performed at subsequent WSC and NASA conferences, in numerous recitals across the US, and most recently at the Jeju International Wind Festival in South Korea. The NTSQ’s CD One for Four is available on Teal Creek Records.

Other Performers / Participants


James Bunte

Alto Saxophone


Dr. James Bunte is an active recitalist, giving recitals and master classes throughout the United States and most recently Taiwan and Japan. He regularly tours and performs with the Oasis Quartet, is the regular saxophonist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and has recorded eight compact discs with the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Lyrique en Mer Orchestra (France), Louisville Philharmonic, Dayton Philharmonic, Eugene Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Richmond Symphony (IN), Kentucky Symphony, Springfield Symphony (OH) and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. Recent CD releases include the premier CD from Oasis Quartet on the Innova label. Dr. Bunte is Associate Professor of Saxophone and Head of the Performance Division at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is a Yamaha and D’Addario endorsing artist.

Peter Sommer

Tenor Saxophone


Since establishing himself among the Denver area’s elite jazz musicians, Peter Sommer has contributed his energetic saxophone playing and creative spirit to a wide variety of musical projects ranging from mainstream bebop to avant-garde and beyond at venues across the nation and around the world. Peter has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and has been a featured jazz soloist at North American Saxophone Alliance Regional and Biennial Conferences.  He has also performed at IAJE International Conferences in Anaheim and Toronto, Canada, and has performed at World Saxophone Congresses in Spain, Thailand, Scotland, and France. He has also released five albums as a leader, most recently Narrando Historias (2015) on Dazzle Recordings, and Happy-Go-Lucky Locals (2017) featuring his Septet. Peter Sommer is Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and Saxophone at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins.

James Romain

Baritone Saxophone


Dr. James Romain is active regionally, nationally, and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral saxophonist, recitalist, clinician, and jazz/commercial performer, embracing diverse genres of music. As an orchestral saxophonist, Romain performs regularly with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Houston Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. He is the baritone saxophonist with the Hinotori Quartet, tenor saxophonist with the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra, and has been the lead alto saxophonist of the Des Moines Big Band since 2004. He can be heard on fifteen recordings, including In Friendship (Centaur – 2009), Oasis Quartet (Innova – 2011), and Howl (Innova – 2012). He serves as Professor of Saxophone at Drake University in Des Moines, IA, where he is also the chair of the music department. He is a proud endorsing artist for Selmer Paris, Conn-Selmer, and D’Addario.

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Hesitation Point Steve Allee 10
After Again Rick VanMatre 6