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"Brown Paper Sax" (my sax ensemble) on the radio/livestream
« on: January 10, 2019, 08:42:56 AM »
The sax ensemble I play in, "Brown Paper Sax," will be playing LIVE on the radio! (Details below.) WESU is the radio station of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. The host of "The Acoustic Blender" saw us perform at a local fair and invited us to play on his show. He wants us to focus on our Ragtime repertoire, and we will be playing some of my arrangements.

We vary our instrumentation depending on the piece. As a quartet, we're typically SATB, but occasionally AATB.

As a quintet, we get a bit non-traditional: Our soprano player owns a Bass sax, and so does our tenor player (me!). Unfortunately, we don't have a backup soprano player or a backup tenor player, so when one of us moves to Bass (Bs), we have a hole elsewhere. Our quintets get played AATBBs, or SAABBs. Having an alto as the lead isn't that strange, but it's weird to not have a tenor in the mix. I've had to transpose several tenor parts to the 2nd Alto player so we can cover the part. Thankfully, that often works without any notes going out of range.

Details:
Tuesday 15-Jan-2019 (if there is severe weather in Connecticut, we'll do it on 29-Jan)
6-8pm US-Eastern time (same time zone as New York City)

Live Stream at:  http://radio.wesleyan.edu:8000/stream
or if that doesn't work, go here for more options: http://www.wesufm.org/audio-stream-options/
Terence Martin

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Play: Saxophones (all, but tenor primary), Bass Clarinet, Piano (poorly)

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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 09:19:03 AM »
How very exciting!!!!

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2019, 01:57:46 PM »
Terrence,

ˇFelicidades!

Will there be a way to hear a recording of the program if I happen to miss the live stream?

Cheers,
Jer
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2019, 03:23:06 PM »
Congratulations Terence and best wishes for a good performance!

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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 04:19:31 PM »
Good luck.
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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2019, 07:41:15 PM »
Terrence,

ˇFelicidades!

Will there be a way to hear a recording of the program if I happen to miss the live stream?

Cheers,
Jer

The website has an archive section so you should be able to listen to it after. It might take them a few days to post it.
Terence Martin

Tools: Finale 2003 on Windows XP
Day job: Actuary
Composing/Arranging output: mostly sax quartets
http://bit.ly/TerenceMartinSaxArranger
Goal: Improve quantity and quality of concert band compositions.
Play: Saxophones (all, but tenor primary), Bass Clarinet, Piano (poorly)

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Re: "Brown Paper Sax" (my sax ensemble) on the radio/livestream
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2019, 01:00:05 PM »
The sax ensemble I play in, "Brown Paper Sax," will be playing LIVE on the radio! (Details below.) WESU is the radio station of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. The host of "The Acoustic Blender" saw us perform at a local fair and invited us to play on his show. He wants us to focus on our Ragtime repertoire, and we will be playing some of my arrangements.

We vary our instrumentation depending on the piece. As a quartet, we're typically SATB, but occasionally AATB.

As a quintet, we get a bit non-traditional: Our soprano player owns a Bass sax, and so does our tenor player (me!). Unfortunately, we don't have a backup soprano player or a backup tenor player, so when one of us moves to Bass (Bs), we have a hole elsewhere. Our quintets get played AATBBs, or SAABBs. Having an alto as the lead isn't that strange, but it's weird to not have a tenor in the mix. I've had to transpose several tenor parts to the 2nd Alto player so we can cover the part. Thankfully, that often works without any notes going out of range.

Details:
Tuesday 15-Jan-2019 (if there is severe weather in Connecticut, we'll do it on 29-Jan)
6-8pm US-Eastern time (same time zone as New York City)

Live Stream at:  http://radio.wesleyan.edu:8000/stream
or if that doesn't work, go here for more options: http://www.wesufm.org/audio-stream-options/
Congratulations on the exposure!

Your unconventional line-up resurfaced a memory for me... for my Junior Recital as a music major, I wrote a short piece for a Baritone Saxophone quartet - "Elegy for a Lawnmower". Not sure if I even have a copy of it anymore, and I don't have a recording due to an issue with the equipment at the recital hall.
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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2019, 06:14:32 PM »
Here’s the archive of the radio show. It will be available for 2 weeks.

http://wesu.streamrewind.com/bookmarks/listen/250350
Terence Martin

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Goal: Improve quantity and quality of concert band compositions.
Play: Saxophones (all, but tenor primary), Bass Clarinet, Piano (poorly)

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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2019, 08:40:37 AM »
Congrats, Terence.
 
I didn't listen to the whole two hours, but what I heard was a lot of fun. You have arranging skill.
 
There was a tenor player in a band I was in a while back who had a bass sax that he used once in a while as a novelty.
 
Cheers,
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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2019, 11:05:32 AM »
Thanks!  While the whole show was 2 hours, we were only in the first hour, so you likely heard most of it.

Having a bass sax available (actually 2!) gives me a whole lot more possibilities in arranging for the group. It's especially nice for the bari player because then he doesn't have to the bass line all the time. It frees me up to give him some more interesting parts.
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Terence Martin

Tools: Finale 2003 on Windows XP
Day job: Actuary
Composing/Arranging output: mostly sax quartets
http://bit.ly/TerenceMartinSaxArranger
Goal: Improve quantity and quality of concert band compositions.
Play: Saxophones (all, but tenor primary), Bass Clarinet, Piano (poorly)