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Maroney: Saxophone Quartet; Stonaker: Saxophone Quartet No. 3; Schimmel: Into Xylonia; Maslanka, Bresnick / Iridium Quartet

Notes & Reviews:

The Iridium Quartet draws upon a rich history of over ten years of collaboration between saxophonists Paul Nolen, Marcos Colón, Paul Forsyth, and Eric Lau. Iridium has been praised by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Michael Colgrass as giving "a stunning performance ... with elegance and grace," and hailed by audiences as "displaying an impressive balance of intense control and abandon with tremendous precision." A staunch supporter of new music, the Iridium Quartet has also commissioned and/or premiered major works by composers Peter Lieuwen, Roy Magnuson, Marcus Maroney, David Maslanka, Sonia Morales, David Rakowski, Ben Stonaker, and Carl Schimmel. In addition, Iridium has appeared as artists-in-residence at the Festival of New American Music (FeNAM) in Sacramento, CA and the John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium in Albuquerque, NM and presented performances throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
With the exception of Maslanka, whose embrace of expansive form, expressive simplicity, and robust complexity may be compared to Mahler, the composers on the program are best explained as neo-modernist. Iridium dives into each work with superb fingers, excellent rhythm, and emotional fervor. The scores deserve more.


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