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Americano

by Kevin Norton

A collection of unique, contemporary works for saxophone by American-born composers.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Tangled Loops
Kevin Norton, Saxophone; Chialing Hsieh, Piano
8:50 $1.29
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2. Chapter One, Page One
Kevin Norton, Saxophone
7:26 $1.29
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3. Scena
Kevin Norton, Saxophone
11:42 $1.29
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4. Walimai
Kevin Norton, Saxophone; Chialing Hsieh, Piano
15:49 $1.29
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5. Sonata (I. Two-Part Invention)
Kevin Norton, Saxophone; Chialing Hsieh, Piano
4:30 album only
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6. Sonata (II. La Follia Nuova: A Lament for George Cacioppo)
Kevin Norton, Saxophone; Chialing Hsieh, Piano
9:15 album only
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7. Sonata (III. Scherzo "Will O' the Wisp")
Kevin Norton, Saxophone; Chialing Hsieh, Piano
1:55 album only
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8. Sonata (IV. Recitative and Dance)
Kevin Norton, Saxophone; Chialing Hsieh, Piano
4:38 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Since the 1980s, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of works composed for the saxophone. This album showcases five of these pieces composed between 1984 and 2013: Jason Eckardt's Tangled Loops; Ian Dicke's Chapter One, Page One; Andrew Mead's Scena; Michael Djupstrom's Walimai; and William Albright's Sonata.

These works display a variety of compositional techniques, such as Albright's pension for juxtaposing stratified textures and simple chord structures (as well as his use of "boogie-woogie" stride piano influence), Mead's use of operatic forms mixed with serial technique, and Djupstrom's neo-tonal and rhythmically-driven writing styles. Furthermore, this collection displays a variety of ensembles: the Albright and Djupstrom are for alto saxophone and piano, the Eckhardt is for soprano saxophone and piano, the Mead is for solo alto saxophone, and the Dicke is a soprano saxophone solo with an elaborate electronic component.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Kevin Norton is a DMA candidate in saxophone at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (where he studies with Dr. James Bunte) and is a private instructor in the Cincinnati metro area. A native of Williamsburg, Kentucky, Kevin previously studied at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky under Dr. Nathan Nabb and Prof. Eugene Norden. At Morehead, Kevin earned a Bachelor’s degree (Summa cum laude) in Music Education and a Master of Music in saxophone performance.

Kevin also performed (both solo and with quartets) at several previous NASA events: regional conferences at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (2007), Northeastern Illinois University (2011) and Bowling Green State University (2013); the 2008 national conference at the University of South Carolina; the 2010 national conference at the University of Georgia; the 2012 national conference at Arizona State University; and the 2014 national conference at the University of Illinois.

In addition, Kevin has actively premiered several new works for saxophone. As a member of the CCM Graduate Saxophone Quartet, helped premiere composer Matthew Browne’s work “Two Pieces” at the 2011 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium at George Mason University. A year later, he (as a member of the 3-2-5 Quartet) premiered Amber Autumn by CCM composer Carrie Magin at the Arizona State conference. Most recently, Kevin gave the world premiere of composer Ian Dicke's soprano sax arrangement of his Chapter One, Page One at the 2014 NASA conference.

Kevin Norton is a current member of the Prestalgia Duo along with Jennifer Grantham (saxophone professor at Xavier University and CCM alumnus). Together, they were members of a consortium (headed by the Ogni Suono duo) that commissioned Ian Dicke's work Straphanger (for tenor and baritone sax); the Prestalgia Duo gave the Region 5 premiere of the work at the 2013 conference at Bowling Green. Kevin and Jennifer also actively perform together in the Cincinnati area, most recently in April 2014 for the Cincinnati version of Classical Revolution.
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Dr. Chialing Hsieh is the faculty accompanist and coordinator for the accompanying area at Morehead State University (MSU), where she also teaches class piano and private lesson. She has appeared as an active solo and collaborative pianist with a large range of repertoire for solo, instrumental, and chamber music at recitals and concerts in the U.S. and Taiwan. She was a winner in the First Youth Piano Competition in Taiwan in 1997, and has performed as a soloist in Taiwan, Austria, and the United States. Dr. Hsieh was selected to perform the opening recital in the 2006 season of the “Rising Star” concert series in Taipei, Taiwan, where she also gave a master class. As a collaborative pianist, Dr. Hsieh has performed with trombonists Joseph Alessi and Massimo La Rosa, saxophonist Nathan Nabb, and violist Catharine Carroll, and worked with conductors Xian Zhang (the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor), Ted Taylor, Michael Rosewell (the Royal College of Music Opera Director).

She has played for the Music Teachers National Association Competitions at the State/Region/National Conferences, the Kentucky Music Education Association Conference, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competitions at the State/ Region Conferences, the District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Her performances can be heard through the recordings Two Sextets for Piano and Winds: Music by Ludwig Thuille and Joseph Rheinberger, Baird Winds with Chialing Hsieh and Distances, which will be released in 2011.

Dr. Hsieh earned her bachelor’s degree from the National Taipei University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, and M.M. and D.M.A. in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

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