BOWTIES, BRITTEN & BEATS
Sunday 30 June, 2019
4:15pm - 5:00pm
Kenneth Myer Auditorium, The Ian Potter Southbank Centre, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Bow Ties, Britten & Beats plunders the enormous versatility of the saxophone; using the instrument’s many voices to genre-bend across the musical spectrum. Valse Rudy is a tribute to the saxophone’s popular music origins, an exuberant roaring 1920s showpiece dedicated to the great Rudy Weidoeft. Metamorphoses displays the saxophone’s prowess as a traditional concert instrument; coupling transcriptions of Benjamin Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid with the world premiere of Russoniello’s More Metamorphoses. Suite for Saxophone and Loop Pedal is a layer by layer, tour de force of instant composition; a mash-up of musical influences as diverse as beatbox, reggae, minimalism, polyphony and groove.
Nick Russoniello has been the recipient of a number of major awards including the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year and the Fine Music Kruger Scholarship. Nick has appeared as a soloist with the Adelaide, Queensland, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras and as a guest performer with the Acacia Quartet, Omega Ensemble, Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra. Nick's compositions have been performed around the globe and his performances can be regularly heard on ABC Classic FM and Fine Music 102.5. Nick is a Yamaha Australia artist and a D’Addario Woodwind artist.