Now my adaptation is available in retail music stores across the country, including Hickey's in my hometown of Ithaca, New York! Click below to see the nice words they included about their hometown boy:
This is the fourth and final part of a blog about my August 11 performance for the ABSTRACTIONS exhibit at the Perkins Center for the Arts. Artist Keith R. Breitfeller's colorful pieces seemed to "pop" out of the concrete/muted colors of the gallery. My improvisation on soprano saxophone makes use of a technique called slap tongue, which results from the release of suction in the mouth and the popping sound that the reed then produces which is then amplified as it travels through the horn.
Thank you to everyone who has listened and commented on FACEBOOK or via email. I really appreciate your participation in this musical dialogue; as an artist I find it invaluable to hear what you all have to say and what emotionally resonates with you. My next project will break new ground thanks, in no small way, to your help. You can see photos and read more about this in my BLOG. Parts one through three are below.
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QUIET CITY ON THE RADIO!
National Public Radio: Weekend Edition examined my new recording of QUIET CITY in an interview that aired November 12, 2011. With an average listening audience of 3.5 million I was excited to have so many people hear this wonderful music! You can read about and hear it by clicking below:
Thanks to host Ross Amico and WWFM for their radio show Celebrating our Musical Community, which broadcast the November 13, 2011 performance of Music from Copland House, including the newly-rediscovered "Quiet City," as the composer originally conceived it, for chamber ensemble, made up of incidental music for the play of Irwin Shaw, including interviews from myself and Michael Boriskin, artistic and executive director of Copland House. You can listen to the live recording and broadcast here by clicking on the link under 2011, December 5, Music From Copland House:
Kate Remington of WSHU Public Radio spoke with me before a recent concert with Copland House, about my new adaptation of QUIET CITY. You can listen to the podcast below:
Below is an interview with Fred Child on PERFORMANCE TODAY, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America with 1.3 million listeners weekly! To listen, you can go their homepage HERE and click "FEATURES" on the left side and then click the link under "Copland Revisited". You can also click below to listen to the entire show which discusses QUIET CITY at the beginning and continues starting 29 minutes in.
Other radio stations playing "Quiet City" include WFMU (September 12), Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio (August 8), WMHT (July 29), WFMT (July 17), Indiana Public Radio (July 7 & 18), Vermont Public Radio (June 23), Houston Public Radio (July 4), and ABC Classic FM (July 6) in Australia.
QUIET CITY IN THE PRESS!
My recording QUIET CITY is listed under "Perry's top classical CDs of 2011" in the Charlotte, South Carolina newspaper CREATIVE LOAFING. Perry Tannenbaum writes:
"I’ve probably played this recording more often, with more pleasure, than any other classical or jazz recording I’ve acquired over the last year."
"Brellochs, a suave and elegant player, shares duties with another top-notch saxophonist, Paul Cohen, and peers who bring buoyant and atmospheric vibrancy to welcome repertoire." - Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone (Awards 2011)
"Mr. Brellochs showed his greatness with the very jazzy Sound Moves Blues, and a Baroque piece with trumpet by Jean-Marie Depelsenaire, as well as the final piece, Seymore Barab’s Suite for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone and Piano, with its more than subtle hints of circuses and Stravinsky." Read the full review of the performance below:
"Quiet City is anything but quiet, dull, or boring. Saxophonist Christopher Brellochs and his fellow musicians create an extremely enjoyable album of music by Copland and other American composers to whom they wish to give exposure." Read the complete CD review by V. Vasan below:
"This is a very welcome restoration, finely played. I hope it’s taken up by curious ensembles." Read the complete CD review by Jonathan Woolf below:
"On the new Brellochs recording, trumpet player Donald Batchelder approaches this theme with the right mixture of eeriness and majesty, and Brellochs and clarinetist Mitchell Kriegler bring sweetness and light to the nostalgic melody that follows." Read the complete CD review by Eileen Reynolds below:
QUIET CITY IN INTERNATIONAL NEWS!
"A Hint of Eroticism in the City", is the title of an article in DER SPIEGEL Online about my latest CD. SPIEGEL is a German news magazine and one of Europe's largest publications of its kind, with a weekly circulation of more than one million! They are similar to TIME magazine. Last updated March 31, 2013.