I will be guest soloist with the Aerophone Community Band under the baton of Rich Holod, performing Bernhard Heiden's "Diversion" for Alto Saxophone and Band. Written in 1943, this majestic piece takes listeners on an emotional journey that includes elegance, struggle, and triumph. I will perform an improvised cadenza which means it will be unlike anything you've heard before! If you are familiar with Eugene Rousseau's well known recording, this means I intend this performance to be even more dazzling and exciting!
Here are some pictures from my summer in Paris, Strasbourg and London:
Concert at Selmer House Many thanks to Nicolas Prost for setting everything up and Florent Milhaud from Selmer for being a great host!
Master-class and Concert "SAXOPHONE AMERICAN DAY" at Conservatoire Saint-Maur
Saxophone virtuoso, historian and teacher Nicholas Prost does a great job at the prestigious French music conservatory at Saint-Maur. It was an honor to hear his students, speak and perform with them.
Lecture/discussion at Vandoren House
My heartfelt appreciation to Jean-Marie Paul at Vandoren for hosting this event! Branford Marsalis was there that afternoon and I had a chance to chat and invited him to my concert the next day (he came with his whole family).
Concert at St Merri "AMERICAN SAXOPHONE PROJECT"
It was inspiring to perform in this 16th century gothic cathedral in the tourist district of Paris where the great composer Camille Saint-Saens performed! The above is before the July 4 concert with (left to right) Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach, Anne Lecapelain, Nicholas Prost, yours truly, Yves-Laurent Taccola and Jerome Laran. World Saxophone Congress & Festival
A great collaboration with Benjamin Mayer (clarinet), Clément De Martino (trumpet) and Marie Stoecklé (piano) for our performance of "Quiet City", and so many amazing saxophone performances over the six day conference in beautiful Strasbourg, FRANCE!
French-American Musical Exchange A spirit of cultural exchange brought French saxophonists Nicolas Prost and Anne Lecapelain to the United States for a collaboration with American saxophonist Christopher Brellochs, pianist Cynthia Peterson and soprano Elizabeth Gerbi featuring French composers Debussy, Ibert, and Milhaud. This French-American musical exchange continues in the summer as Christopher and Elizabeth travel to France to partner with Nicolas and Anne. See more pictures in PHOTOS. VIDEOS: Sonny Rollins is best known as one of the great improvisers of jazz, however he has also composed many great tunes that have entered the repertoire. My latest jazz project features these compositions and is called, "The Music of Sonny Rollins: Before the Bridge". Here is a video from the project:
THE QUIET CITY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE recently added two rags by Scott Joplin to their repertoire; here are videos from a recent performance:
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:
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 HERE or type "Copland Revisited" in the search bar. QUIET CITY IN THE PRESS! "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)
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 December 29, 2015.