APEX @ SPRUCE PEAK in 1 month

I know its a long ways off…I’m really excited about this one. We’ve been working on this show since November, and its going to be an incredible evening!

APEX will be playing at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center on Saturday February 20th at 7:30 PM. This band features some the best jazz and non-traditional musicians around. We’ll feature:
Evan Crandell – alto saxophone/flute
Tom Cate – bari sax and bass clarinet
Dan Liptak – tenor and soprano saxophones
Brian Boyes – trumpet/flugel horn
Matt Avery – trombone
Matt Harpster – guitar
Pat Markley  – bass
Nic Cannizzaro – percussion
Andy Gagnon – percussion
Ira Friedman – keyboards
Lloyd Dugger – vocals
Shannon Dugger – vocals
Stefanie Weigand – vocals
The first half of the concert will be instrumental, we’ll play some of our favorite musical works. The second half will be our arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life,” featuring Lloyd Dugger as guest vocalist.
More info here:
Tickets are on sale now! There is a discounted student ticket for folks with kids…

STUDENT PRICE: $8 in advance; $13 after 5pm day of performance (use code APEX)*

 There is a limit to the purchase of two student tickets per online transaction. If you wish to purchase tickets for more than two students, please contact our ticket office at802-760-4634

*Discount is valid for children ages 1-18, and college students. Adults attending with a child/student must purchase a regularly priced ticket. Student ID or proof of age required at ticket pick-up. Offer is valid for new purchases only and may not be combined with any other discounts.

PRESS PLAY – Nocturne, Erik Nielsen

Enjoy the first edition of PRESS PLAY!

This piece was premiered o 12/19/09 at the Elley Long Music Center, in a concert sponsored and performed by the Northeast New Music Collective. This concert was dedicated to the music of Erik Nielsen, and featured two new premieres.

I made a pretty quick recording of this last week, in about an hour and half. The performance in 2009 had a recording made of it by Erik. I’ll post it at some point. The main differences between the two are, that my 2015 recording was about 2.5 minutes longer than the 2009 one. There are other differences of course between the two, and neither is a perfect recording, and I like them both for different reasons. My bass clarinet has a crack in the lower joint, right through a tone hole, hence the slight squeak on a few notes. I really enjoyed working up this piece again, it came right back to me.



PRESS PLAY! This monthly challenge will feature 1-3 new clarinet works, along with a new recording and a comentary about my experiences with working on the piece. My goal is two fold – 1)to bring awareness to new music for the clarinet, featuring well known and up and coming composers. 2)to constantly challenge myself to keep pushing myself to learn new music, and to challenge myself as a performer. My first feature is a solo bass clarinet piece by VT composer Erik Nielsen, and I’ll be posting a recording of a piece he wrote for me in 2009. Check back within the next few days to hear his solo bass clarinet piece, Nocturne.