|Carrie Koffman||Alto saxophone|
Carrie Koffman joined the faculty of The Hartt School in the fall of 2003. Prior to this, she held positions as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Penn State University, and at the University of New Mexico, and taught at Boston University. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, New Zealand, and in Thailand, China and Argentina. Her recording projects include the new CDs 'Carillon Sky' and 'Dialogues'. Koffman holds a bachelors degree in saxophone performance and music education from the University of Michigan where she studied with Donald Sinta, and a masters degree in saxophone performance from the University of North Texas where she studied with James Riggs and Eric Nestler. Koffman is also a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and teaches Yoga for Performers.
Caravan - Tanya Anisimova, arr. by Carrie Koffman
Anisimova writes, "Caravan is us on our life path. We are all in a way caravan keepers. To keep our goods safe means to stay true to ourselves, in spite of many obstacles that await us on our path, like hamsin, the deathly sand storm."
Timepiece - Cindy McTee . Arranger and Electronic Producer: Kathryn Swanson-Ellis
McTee writes, "Much of my recent thinking about music is informed by the writings of Carl G. Jung who, in the words of Anthony Storr, 'felt that the whole energy of mental functioning' sprang from the tension between the oppositions of conscious and unconscious, of thought and feeling, of mind and body, of objectivity and subjectivity. So too have the integration and reconciliation of opposing elements become important aspects of my work. The frequent use of circular patterns, or ostinatos, offers both the possibility of suspended time and the opportunity for continuous forward movement. Carefully controlled pitch systems and thematic manipulations provide a measure of objectivity and reason, while kinetic rhythmic structures inspire bodily motion. Discipline yields to improvisation, and perhaps most importantly, humor takes its place comfortably along side the grave and earnest."