St. John’s Dance, March 16 in Salem, MA

Posted on March 6th, 2013 by jondavid

My next performance is the world premiere of my first purely instrumental work in eons. St. John’s Dance is an 11-minute work for alto saxophone and piano, commissioned by saxophonist David Wozniak. The title refers to the medieval phenomenon of “dancing mania”, in which large groups of people would spontaneously break into frenetic dancing for hours at a time until they would collapse. Reportedly, some participants would strip naked, attack spectators, or dance so intensely that they fatally injured themselves. The explanations behind “choreomania”, as it’s also known, run the gamut from religious cults to poisoning by ergot, a fungus on grain that caused hallucinations (and worse) in epidemic proportions. Or perhaps it was all just medieval flashmobs! My piece moves breathlessly and schizophrenically through much of its duration, making great demands on both performers, with wide use of extended techniques in the sax.

Details: David Wozniak, alto saxophone; Liz Ames, piano. Saturday, March 16 at 3:30 PM as part of the 2013 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 8 Conference. The location is the Recital Hall in Salem State University’s Central Campus Building, Salem, Massachusetts. I hope to see some of my Boston friends there!

C4 performs excerpts from Fish

Posted on May 24th, 2011 by jondavid

C4, the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, will be performing excerpts from my choral cycle, Fish, for women’s chorus and alto saxophone, on June 2 and 4 in NYC. The work, composed in 2007 for the New York Treble Singers, enlists the unusual medium of fish to muse on creation, sex and the afterlife. More information below. Look for me in the alto section!

“One Foot In Eden: Music of Nature and the Seasons”
with guest artist, David Wozniak, alto saxophone

Featuring the world premiere of the cycle Four Bright Seasons, by Joseph N. Rubinstein. Also works by Olli Kortekangas, Nicholas Maw, Karin Rehnqvist, Martha Sullivan (premiere), Timothy Takach, Veljo Tormis, and George Tsontakis

Thursday, June 2 at 8:00PM
Church for All Nations
417 West 57th Street, NYC
(Just west of 9th Avenue)

and

Matinee Performance
Saturday, June 4 at 4:00PM
Norwegian Seamen’s Church
317 East 52nd Street, NYC
(Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

Admission $10, at the door only

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