|Dr Jonathan Nichol||Saxophones|
|Jeffrey Loeffert||Soprano saxophone|
Jonathan Nichol is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Nichol holds degrees from Central Michigan University and Michigan State University. He is a member of the acclaimed h2 Saxophone Quartet, recipient of the prestigious Gold Medal at the 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. h2 quartet has released two commercial recordings: Generations (2008) and Times and Spaces (2010). He also regularly performs with the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble and the Nichol/Okada Duo. As an advocate for contemporary repertoire, Dr. Nichol has premiered solo and chamber works throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Jonathan is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Rico Performing Artist.
Concentric Circles - Victor Marquez
Jeau D'Esprit - Augusta Reed Thomas
Jeu D'Esprit is a highly virtuosic three-minute fanfare whim, which connects, combines, and transforms majestic motives with ornamental materials (which are almost Baroque-like in their arabesques and trills). Given that there are only 2 instruments, and they can each only play one note at a time, I worked hard to give the illusion that this fanfare is about harmony. This, despite that we never hear more than two notes played together. It is at times fiery, at times fluid and generally ablaze with energy.
: Farfalle Cotte - Marc Mellits