Rock Me!

Gabriel Piqué / contemporary, crossover

This project explores the versatility of the saxophone through a performance of Barry Cockcroft’s “Rock Me” and mixes slap tongues, growls and voicing effects to simulate the sounds and rhythms of a rock concert.

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Gabriel Piqué, 22, is a native of Augusta, Georgia (USA) and recent graduate in music performance from the University of Georgia. Recent accomplishments include being chosen as a finalists for the “President’s Own” Marine Band in Washington, D.C, finalists for the solo competition of the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Competition, first prize at the MTNA state-level solo competition, and finalist at the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition in Columbus, GA (USA). His future plans include pursuing graduate degrees in music performance. His principle teacher is Connie Frigo.

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This performance is a brief and exciting musical trip through both a rock concert and the extended techniques of the saxophone. Here is the Program note from Barry Cockcroft: “Rock Me! captures the relentless driving energy, rhythms and beats found in many forms of rock music. A rapid and unwavering tempo, a gradual increase of the musical density and the exploration of an extensive range of colorful dynamics is vital in the performance of this piece. At times the saxophonist must simulate various other instruments including didgeridoo, electric bass, drum kit, distorted guitar and occasionally even acoustic saxophone.” He does this through numerous types of slap tongues, growls, voicing effects, double tonguing and rock saxophone licks.


13/07/2015 11:30 - 11:35

Cité de la musique et de la danse - Salle d'Orgue (29)

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Musicians / speakers

  • Piqué Gabriel / Alto Saxophone (United States)


  • Rock Me! (Barry Cockcroft)