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Saxophone and didjeridoo : Collaboration of Traditional, Contemporary & World Music

Gillis/Cunningham Duo / contemporary, world

Website(s) : http://www.glengillis.com / http://www.conn-selmer.com/en-us/artist-information/centerstage/artist-roster/glen-gillis/ / http://artsandscience.usask.ca/profile/GGillis

Glenn Gillis and James E. Cunningham will present two of their pieces for saxophone and didjeridoo, with electronics : Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) Live and Didjaxiblu.

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Biography

This presentation consists two original compositions for alto saxophone and didgeridoo (an ancient Australian Aboriginal musical instrument) by the performance duo of Glen Gillis and James E. Cunningham. The Gillis/Cunningham duo has collaborated on many occasions, including the performance of original compositions at the 2000, 2010, and 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conferences, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation National Radio (CBC, 2009), and three commercial CDs (didgeridoo.diversions 2007, SaxSpectrum 2009, and SaxSpectrum 2014). Glen Gillis is Professor of Saxophone at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK, Canada) and James E. Cunningham is Professor of Ethnomusicology at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL, USA).

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This proposal consists two original compositions for alto saxophone and didgeridoo (an ancient Australian Aboriginal musical instrument) by the performance duo of Glen Gillis and James E. Cunningham. The first piece, “Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) Live,” is a six-minute programmatic and interactive composition, which integrates and juxtaposes contemporary saxophone techniques (multiphonics, micro-intervals, pitch bending, voicing, altissimo, contemporary articulation techniques, etc.) with acoustic and digitally effected sounds produced by a single didgeridoo. This work is a sequel to “Aurora Australis” (Gillis, 2014), which incorporated contemporary saxophone techniques set against a prerecorded multi-didgeridoo acoustic bed entitled “Orion Nebula” (Cunningham, Dempster, & Pertl, 1997). Please note, the submitted mp3 of “Aurora Australis,” released on SaxSpectrum 2 (MSR Classics Label), will provide a sample of the scope and variety of techniques involved with the live performance of this new composition. The second piece will be the European premier of “Didjaxiblu” (Cunningham & Gillis, 2014). Recently released on SaxSpectrum 2 (recording attached), “Didjaxiblu” is a jazz duet between alto saxophone and a unique multi-pitched plastic “sewerphone” digeridoo in “D and F.” Following traditional jazz form, this three-minute piece incorporates both a composed head melody and improvisational elements with a bass-driven didgeridoo rhythm.

Programming

10/07/2015 21:30 - 22:00

Maison de l'Amérique Latine

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Musicians / speakers

  • Gillis Glen / alto saxophone (Canada)
  • Cunningham James E. (United States)

Program

  • Aurora Australis Live (2015) (Glen Gillis & James E. Cunningham) / World Premiere
  • Didjaxiblu (2014-15) (Glen Gillis & James E. Cunningham) / World Premiere

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