Minneapolis-based saxophonist Benjamin Cold is partnering with composer Sam Krahn to commission a new 35-minute work for solo saxophone and electronics entitled flux-mirror.
flux-mirror is a large-scale work written specifically for saxophonist Benjamin Cold. The focus of the piece is a gradual evolution of range, timbre, and the use of electronics over 35 minutes. A different saxophone is featured in each of the three movements: first alto, then baritone, and finally bass. Electronics become increasingly present, leading to an incorporation of live electronics with Max/MSP software in the third and final movement. In addition to this focus, flux-mirror explores symmetry and reflection as evolving, shifting states. Microtonality, micro and macro time structures, and spatial relationships between performer and electronics are also pursued. The first section, for baritone saxophone and tape, was finished in April 2014 and performed by Ben on April 11th, 2014. The remaining movements will be composed for future performances in March 2015, described below.
The completed 35-minute piece will be performed on two separate recitals: a concert on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus on March 23rd, 2015 and a second concert on March 30th, 2015 at Studio Z in St. Paul, MN. These recitals will feature works for solo saxophone and electronics by living composers. Both will be free, open to the public, and will provide opportunities for Sam and Ben to network with new audiences.
Prior to the March 2015 performances, Benjamin Cold will perform the first completed section of the piece in contemporary saxophone music recitals at Kansas State University on December 3rd, 2014 as well as at the University of North Texas on November 19th, 2014. During these concerts, Sam will be able to receive important and informative feedback about his current work, which will ultimately inform the finished composition.
About Sam Krahn:
Sam Krahn is a Minneapolis based guitarist, performer, composer, and teacher. His works have been performed and commissioned by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fidelio Trio, Ensemble Uusinta, Duo Gelland, Christina Baldwin, Lara Bolton, Benjamin Cold, Lux String Quartet, Rappel-Steinmetz Percussion Duo, Contemporary Music Workshop, the Anaphora Ensemble, and many others. He has participated in the MATA Festival, Source Song Festival, and the Cheltenham Music Festival in England.
About Benjamin Cold:
Benjamin Cold is an actively performing soloist, and has performed the Concerto for Alto Saxophone (Paul Creston) as the winner of the 2010 UWEC Concerto Competition, the Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Brass Ensemble (Robert Jager) as a guest soloist during the 2011 Kansas State University Brass Ensemble concert, and A Spanish Silhouette (Carter Pann) for saxophone quartet and brass ensemble during the 2012 Kansas State University Wind Ensemble Concert. Benjamin Cold has performed in master classes hosted by Jean-Marie Londeix, Eugene Rousseau, and Kenneth Tse, as well as participated in the regional NASA conference and US Navy Band Saxophone Symposium in Washington D.C. (2013).