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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Glen Gillis

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Name: Glen Gillis
Website: http://glengillis.com
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 4:20 PM
Presentation Venue: Evelyn Smith Theatre
Presentation Title: Homage To Hemke (Suite for Saxophone and Didgeridoo)
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Solo Performance
Proposal Duration: 16

Glen Gillis is a Professor of Saxophone, Conducting, and Music Education at the University of Saskatchewan. As a graduate student at Northwestern University, he studied under the mentorship of the noted Frederick L. Hemke. His performance career has spanned over three decades in the genres of classical, contemporary, and jazz, with appearances in North American, Europe, and Asia. A Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician, Dr. Gillis has also presented at the CBDNA, WASBE, TMEA, British Forum for Ethnomusicology, and The Midwest Clinic. As a composer/recording artist he has released numerous compositions and commissioned works for saxophone on the albums SaxSpectrum ©2009 and SaxSpectrum 2 ©2014, which was nominated for a 2015 Western Canadian Music Award. His compositions for saxophone are published by Eighth Note (Alfred Music).

Ensemble Bio:

Under the moniker Duo Gillis Cunningham (DGC) Dr. Glen Gillis (saxophone) and Dr. James E. Cunningham (didgeridoo) have pushed the boundaries of contemporary composition and performance by bridging ancient and modern musical approaches through the application of cutting-edge real-time digital processing and effects. During performance the DGC weave disparate acoustic and digital elements into a cohesive fabric, creating a sonic environment that transports audiences into alternative ambient universes. The DGC has been well-received in performances and academic conference presentations throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Iceland, England, France, and Croatia. They are currently recording a collection of original experimental compositions for didgeridoo and alto saxophone, with a projected release date in early January 2020.

Other Performers / Participants


James Cunningham



James E. Cunningham is an Associate Professor in the Department of Music at Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton. As an ethnomusicologist, he has explored the gamut of world and popular musics from both cultural and performative perspectives. In addition to his extensive work with the music of Native North America and organology, Dr. Cunningham is a composer and performer of experimental music for the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo based on his nine-year study with trombonist Stuart Dempster at the University of Washington. As a co-founder of the Didgeri Dudes he produced and released two albums of didgeridoo duets, Jamie and Brian ©1994, Under the Earth Tones: Ambient Didgeridoo Meditations ©1994, and a solo album of original compositions didgeridoo.diversions, ©2007.

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Homage To Hemke Glen Gillis & James E. Cunningham 16