|Wayne Leechford||Baritone Saxophone|
Wayne Leechford is associate professor of saxophone at North Carolina State University. He also served on the faculties of Shaw University and Ravenscroft School. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in saxophone performance from University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied with James Houlik and James Kalyn. He toured with the New Century Saxophone Quartet and performed with The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Coasters, Clay Aiken, Regis Philbin, Susan Lucci, Lorna Luft, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Harry James Orchestra, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, and many others. Leechford performs on multiple woodwinds for nationally touring Broadway shows such as Wicked, Billy Elliot, The Color Purple, Hair, Shrek, Young Frankenstein, Chicago, and West Side Story. His playing has appeared in productions for Warner Brothers, Discovery Health Channel, South Carolina Public Radio, North Carolina State University, and TLC. He was a recipient of the 2012 United Arts Regional Artist Project Grant to attend the WSC XVI. He is a MusicMedic.com Roo Pads endorsing artist. His debut solo CD, Works of Art, features six new classical compositions he commissioned for the baritone saxophone. More information at www.wayneleechford.com.
Poetry - Adrienne Albert
Commissioned by Wayne Leechford, "Poetry" for Baritone Saxophone and Harp was inspired by the poems of Edgar Allan Poe, specifically "Annabel Lee". The cadence of the words seems to work well as a musical line, and the baritone saxophone speaks to the darkness and depth of love and despair of the poetry. The work begins with the harp evocative of the love and the sea so eloquently described in Poe's writing. The saxophone is the lover despairing of losing his love, the beautiful Annabel Lee.
Circadia - Adrienne Albert
"Circadia" refers to the daily pulse and cycle of activities observed in many living organisms. "Cycles" is a wild and disjointed chase between the instruments. "Nightfall", is a reflective, melancholy and brooding piece that mirrors the descent from day into night. "Spring Ahead" is a ray of hope in which the instruments have fun cavorting and playing musical tricks on one another.