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Jeffery Kyle Hutchins

Blacksburg, VA   

Praised for his “formidable technique” and “enviable uniformity of tone” (The Saxophone Symposium) and described as a “skilled improviser, no doubt about it” (I Care If You Listen), Jeffery Kyle Hutchins is a concert saxophonist, chamber musician, improviser, and performance artist who focuses on the creation and promotion of contemporary music and interdisciplinary media. His work emphasizes close collaboration with composers and artists to create adventurous programming, often incorporating the body, the voice, the instrument, technology, and space. He has performed concerts in Asia, Europe, and North America, and has participated in the creation of more than one hundred new works. 

His performances have been broadcast on Fresh Ink hosted by Neva Pilgrim on WCNY-FM (New York) and Nova hosted by Bernard Clarke on Raidió Teilifís Éireann lyric fm (Ireland). He performs regularly on festivals, conferences, and series for contemporary, experimental, and electroacoustic music, including Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD), the New York City Electronic Music Festival (NYCEMF), the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the New Music Gathering, the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the World Saxophone Congress, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference (NASA), the US Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, the International Workshop for Musical Metacreation (MuMe) at the International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC), the Electroacoustic Barndance (EABD), the New Horizons Music Festival (NHMF), MNmade, the New Ruckus, Old Wood New Sounds, Punk-Ass Classical, and Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret. Hutchins has recorded for numerous record labels including Avid Sound Records, Emeritus Records, GIA Publications, Farpoint Recordings, and Klavier Records, and has won competition prizes and grants from DOWNBEAT, New Music USA, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA), and the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, among others. 

Hutchins is a member of the Board of Directors and a frequently featured performer for 113 (One Thirteen), a collective of composers and performers who curate concerts, seminars, and masterclasses throughout the Midwest. He has premiered over twenty works by members of the collective and worked closely with composers Chaya Czernowin, James Dillon, and Michael Pisaro, as well as presenting continental premieres of works by Mark Andre, Hans-Joachim Hespos, and Volker Heyn. Hutchins is also a member of the laptop and woodwind improvisation duo Binary Canary with Ted Moore, whose first album click/blow was hailed as a “full on noise-jazz symphony” (Raised by Gypsies) and “well worth the listen” (Signals for Images). In addition, he is an active member of groups AVIDduo, The Broken Consort, The Poem Is Done, Renegade Ensemble, and Strains New Music Ensemble. In addition to being an active saxophonist, Hutchins regularly performs experimental works for voice, including works by Joey Crane, Chaya Czernowin, Simon Steen-Andersen, and Kurt Schwitters, has performed in theatre settings, including a recent performance of Samuel Becket’s Krapp’s Last Tape in 2015, and has exhibited work and been featured as a performance artist at Gamut Gallery, the Mammal Gallery, the Nash Art Gallery, Northern Spark, and the Northwest Museum of Art and Culture, among others.  

In 2015, Hutchins received the Doctor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with renowned saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. He is currently Artist/Teacher of Saxophone at Virginia Tech.  

Jeffery Kyle Hutchins is a Yamaha Performing Artist, E. Rousseau Mouthpiece Artist, and Légère Artist.

Zusammenfluss for alto saxophone and piano by Jeremy Wagner (excerpt)

Zusammenfluss—a German word for “confluence” from the roots “Zussammen” (together) and“Fluss” (river, flow)—is a work conceived as a dialog between differing modes of temporal perception. Its central object is glimpsed on a multiplicity of time scales to form distinct streams of activity, combined and re-combined in turbulent flow, to explore notions of consonant and dissonant time. Zusammenfluss was supported by New Music USA in 2014. With Neil Nanyi Qiang, piano. Live performance at Studio Z in St. Paul, MN, March 2015

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This is This is This is (for David Foster Wallace) for alto saxophone and prepared piano by Eric Wubbels

“This is for David Foster Wallace. This is unison, concentration, and attention. This is extended repetition as a force against habit. (“This is a Bronx-bound 2 express train.” ) This is the constant gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing. This is the connection between attention and ecstasy—ecstasy of physical gesture, ecstasy of sound, ecstasy of repetition.” With Neil Nanyi Qiang, piano. Live performance in Minneapolis, MN, March 2015. Be sure to check out 10:25 and 13:47!

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mute materie for solo alto saxophone by Nadir Vassena

mute materie: a prelude and two echoes for solo alto saxophone by Swiss composer Nadir Vassena explores the sonic and timbral capabilities of the saxophone. Be sure to check out the 5:55 for the various venting techniques used in the second echo! This is a live performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in January 2017.

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