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Zae Munn (b.1953): They Were Mysterious Guests - Chamber Music with Alto Saxophone / Timothy McAllister, alto sax; Lucia Unrau, piano et al.

Album Summary

>Munn, Zae : Broken Tulip, for piccolo, flute, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trombone & percussion
>Munn, Zae : They Were Mysterious Guests, Hard to Capture, for saxophone & piano
>Munn, Zae : Disclosure, for saxophone, bassoon & violin
>Munn, Zae : The Old Songs, scene for soprano, clarinet, saxophone & double bass
>Munn, Zae : Cascade, for clarinet, saxophone & trombone
>Munn, Zae : Music
>Munn, Zae : Hanging onto the Vine, for saxophone quartet
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
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Notes & Reviews:

Composer Zae Munn showcases works for alto saxophone in eclectic chamber combinations on her debut Navona Records release They Were Mysterious Guests. Ms. Munn has an ongoing interest in writing music for instruments in unusual combinations, and in texted pieces using words that are newly created, direct and, often, quite witty. Hailed by the New York Times as a "virtuoso... one of the foremost saxophonists of his generation," saxophonist Timothy McAllister, a member of the PRISM Quartet who has premiered over 150 new compositions.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
When I try to think about current players and groups doing the saxophone justice in the 21st Century, a short list comes to mind. The Prism Quartet is definitely one of them, and Zae Munn has managed to borrow Timothy McAllister from the group to perform in her program of odd chamber ensembles. Munn's penchant for eccentric scoring allows for robust timbres and keeps some of the straightforward sections interesting. `Cascade' uses alto sax, clarinet, and trombone, but still manages to create moments of tender reflection. `Hanging Onto the Vine' has each member of the saxophone quartet holding notes while another meanders around it before the two switch places.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: O'Laughlin Auditorium, Moreau Center for the Arts, Sain.



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>Munn, Zae : Broken Tulip, for piccolo, flute, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trombone & percussion
  • Performers: Kimberly Burja (Percussion); Jill Heyboer (Flute); Jill Heyboer (Piccolo); David Jackson (Trombone); Sandra Jackson (Clarinet); Timothy McAllister (Saxophone); George Sakakeeny (Bassoon); Henry Skolnick (Contrabassoon)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2008

>Munn, Zae : They Were Mysterious Guests, Hard to Capture, for saxophone & piano
  • Performers: Timothy McAllister (Saxophone); Lucia Unrau (Piano)
  • Notes: O'Laughlin Auditorium, Moreau Center for the Arts, Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame IN (03/16/2013-03/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1996

>Munn, Zae : Disclosure, for saxophone, bassoon & violin
  • Performers: Daniel Albela (Violin); Timothy McAllister (Saxophone); George Sakakeeny (Bassoon)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2003

>Munn, Zae : The Old Songs, scene for soprano, clarinet, saxophone & double bass
  • Performers: Sandra Jackson (Clarinet); Timothy McAllister (Saxophone); David Murray (Double Bass); Tracy Satterfield
  • Running Time: 9 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2010

>Munn, Zae : Cascade, for clarinet, saxophone & trombone
  • Performers: David Jackson (Trombone); Sandra Jackson (Clarinet); Timothy McAllister (Saxophone)
  • Notes: O'Laughlin Auditorium, Moreau Center for the Arts, Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame IN (03/16/2013-03/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2011

>Munn, Zae : Music :: A Love Story, for sax, violin & piano
  • Performers: Daniel Albela (Violin); Timothy McAllister (Saxophone); Lucia Unrau (Piano)
  • Notes: O'Laughlin Auditorium, Moreau Center for the Arts, Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame IN (03/16/2013-03/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2011

>Munn, Zae : Hanging onto the Vine, for saxophone quartet
  • Performers: Chet Baughman; Timothy McAllister (Saxophone); Jeff Siegfried; Thomas Snydacker
  • Notes: O'Laughlin Auditorium, Moreau Center for the Arts, Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame IN (03/16/2013-03/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2000

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern