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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Alastair Wright

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Saxophone Player

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Name: Alastair Wright
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Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:40 PM
Presentation Venue: Organ Hall
Presentation Title: Dionysus: Hocket
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 17
Bio:

Alastair Wright’s playing has been described as “tremendously technical and high flying” (KC Metropolis) and “dulcet-like…with a luminescent sheen” (Classical Voice of North Carolina). His primary teachers include Naomi Sullivan, Christopher Creviston, Taimur Sullivan and Zach Shemon. He currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, and is an endorsing artist for both Conn-Selmer and D’Addario. 

As soloist, Alastair has performed with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (as finalist in the 5thJean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition), Mid America Freedom Band, the UK-based Thallein Contemporary Ensemble, Convivium Singers, and the Sutton Coldfield Orchestra. In 2018, Alastair performed with PRISM Quartet for two collaborative projects, including the recording of “The Anchoress” by David Ludwig, a new work for saxophone quartet, renaissance ensemble and soprano voice. Recently, Alastair has been researching and performing the music of various cultures around the world.

Ensemble Bio:

Dionysus, a flexible ensemble comprised of saxophones and piano, formed in 2013 in North Carolina. As a saxophone duo, Alastair Wright and Dylan Ward have toured throughout the US and internationally. The ensemble strives to expand the repertoire for the instrumentation through the performance of original works, transcriptions, improvisation, and through collaboration with active composers of the 21st century. 

Recently, they have recorded and toured Wisconsin and Missouri with their program “Hocket,” celebrating living American composers working in minimalist-inspired styles. Since their formation, the group has performed at Lincoln Center, New York, at the Oh My Ears festival in Arizona, St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, and at top conservatories and educational institutions internationally, including Michigan State University, Arizona State University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (UK). In 2016, they were a resident ensemble at Avaloch Farm Music Institute.

Other Performers / Participants


 
Name Instrument Bio
Dylan Ward Alto Saxophone Praised by Classical Voice of North Carolina as “brilliant…interacting with keen enthusiasm,” Dylan . . .

Pieces to Be Performed


 
Title Composer Duration
Hocket Meredith Monk (arranged Dylan Ward) 5
Lake Lei Liang 5
pay to play Ken Thomson 7