Out of the Blue, Frank Ticheli

Out of the Blue, Frank Ticheli

Out of the Blue is, above all, a celebration of rhythm. Almost every bar in the piece contains one form of syncopation or another. I was well aware of the risk involved by having too much of a good thing - constant syncopation could easily begin to sound square - but I had to discover for myself just how far my obsession could be taken. What resulted is, for me, an urgent, jazzy, hyperactive energy - sometimes raucous, other times explosive, always free-wheeling. Out of the Blue was composed for the Prism Saxophone Quartet, who gave the premiere performance at Christ & St. Read more »

Ticheli, Frank

1958 —

FRANK TICHELl (1958- ) lives in Los Angeles where he is an Associate Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California. From 1991 to 1998 he was Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Orange County, California. His works for orchestra, concert band, solo voice, and chamber ensembles have been performed throughout orth America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Read more »

Saxophone quartet wails despite losing UB gig

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All Right Blues (1996), Russ Carere
Nina's Samba, Stephen Parisi
Out of the Blue, Frank Ticheli
Nardis, Miles Davis
Blue Rondo a la Turk, Dave Brubeck
Blue Monk, Thelonius Monk
Saxophone Quartet (1985), Carlo Pinto
Buffalo News, The
Buffalo, NY
Feb 9 2002
Jan Jezioro

Leaving the Amherst Saxophone Quartet's concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Friday evening, a patron was overheard to remark, "All that talent, and you can really tell that they love what they're doing."

That comment, though perhaps made casually, pretty much sums up what almost everyone who has attended any of the quartet's concerts over the years has felt. Read more »

Out of the Blue, Frank Ticheli

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