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Citizens of Nowhere - Contemporary works for clarinet & saxophone / Kenneth Long & Jan Baker

Audio Samples

>Wanamaker, Gregory : Duo Sonata, for clarinet & saxophone
>Demos, Nikitas J. : Citizens of Nowhere, for clarinet & saxophone
>McLoskey, Lansing D. : Blur, for clarinet & saxophone
>Goldstein, Perry : Mischief, for clarinet & saxophone
>Hyla, Lee : We Speak Etruscan, for baritone saxophone & bass clarinet

Album Summary

>Wanamaker, Gregory : Duo Sonata, for clarinet & saxophone
>Demos, Nikitas J. : Citizens of Nowhere, for clarinet & saxophone
>McLoskey, Lansing D. : Blur, for clarinet & saxophone
>Goldstein, Perry : Mischief, for clarinet & saxophone
>Hyla, Lee : We Speak Etruscan, for baritone saxophone & bass clarinet
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Faculty colleagues at Georgia State University, saxophonist Jan Berry Baker and clarinetist Kenneth Long perform a program of contemporary American compositions, the oldest of which by Lee Hyla was written in 1992. Works by Nickitas Demos, Lansing McLoskey and Perry Goldstein were all completed in 2011 and Gregory Wanamaker's Duo Sonata was written in 2002. Ms. Baker has won top prizes in numerous competitions including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance Concerto Competition and the Johann Strauss Society competition. She has been featured as a concerto soloist with several orchestras in Canada and the United States and with the National Symphony of the Ukraine. An advocate of new music, Baker is Co-Artistic Director and saxophonist with the Atlanta-based new music ensemble Bent Frequency. Clarinetist Kenneth Long enjoys a multifaceted performing career including orchestral, chamber music and solo engagements. He is a member of the clarinet section of the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra and has performed with many of the Southeast's preeminent ensembles including the Atlanta, Sarasota and Charleston symphonies. Principal clarinet of Bent Frequency, Long also is principal clarinetist of the Atlanta Chamber Winds.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
The clarinet and saxophone families are different in important ways that need to be considered when writing for them in duet. Each instrument's unique abilities can allow a composer great freedom and possibilities. The finale is a pointedly articulated, quick-footed blues with tremendous interplay, and each instrument fills in the tiny spaces left by the other. Citizen of Nowhere by Nickitas Demos shuffles through different idioms, moods, and even instruments as each performer plays a few members of his or her family.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Allgood Studios, Atlanta, GA (10/2011-05/2013).



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Works Details

>Wanamaker, Gregory : Duo Sonata, for clarinet & saxophone
  • Performers: Jan Baker (Saxophone); Kenneth Long (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Demos, Nikitas J. : Citizens of Nowhere, for clarinet & saxophone
  • Performers: Kenneth Long (Clarinet); Jan Baker (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>McLoskey, Lansing D. : Blur, for clarinet & saxophone
  • Performers: Kenneth Long (Clarinet); Jan Baker (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Goldstein, Perry : Mischief, for clarinet & saxophone
  • Performers: Kenneth Long (Clarinet); Jan Baker (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Hyla, Lee : We Speak Etruscan, for baritone saxophone & bass clarinet
  • Performers: Jan Baker (Saxophone); Kenneth Long (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992