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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Rick VanMatre

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Saxophone Player

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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

Name Instrument Bio
James Bunte Alto Saxophone Dr. James Bunte is an active recitalist, giving recitals and master classes throughout the United St . . .
Peter Sommer Tenor Saxophone Since establishing himself among the Denver area’s elite jazz musicians, Peter Sommer has . . .
James Romain Baritone Saxophone Dr. James Romain is active regionally, nationally, and internationally as a soloist, chamber mu . . .

Pieces to Be Performed

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