We're always on the lookout for exciting stuff to play. In the past, we've added to our repertoire in three ways:
- We come across pieces from our favorite recordings, like Guillermo Lago's Ciudades from Amstel Quartet's album, Amstel Tracks Now! This piece vividly depicts exotic places, and it's as fun to listen to as it is to play.
- We ask composers like Ryan Jesperson and Erberk Eryilmaz to write for us. These are people we know personally and whose work we admire, and we're thrilled to have pieces from them on the way. Check out their music!
- We arrange our favorite music for saxophone quartet like Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" (inspired by this beautiful Time for Three version).
But now, we're going to try something a bit different. We're putting out a Call for Scores to composers. We want to find out about pieces that haven't yet been recorded, or maybe even performed - pieces we would not be able to discover any other way, except by asking and giving some incentives...
If you have a piece for saxophone quartet, we hope you'll consider submitting it to us. We'll choose one piece for a Grand Prize of $400, a studio recording, and at least one performance on our 2014-2015 season. We'll also award two winners a studio recording of their pieces, and consider them for performances and recording projects.
The judging process will be completely anonymous, so our decisions will be based purely on the music. We'll accept submissions until March 1st, and then we'll announce prize-winners in April.
We can't wait to see what's out there. Check out our Call for Scores and apply here.