February 7, 2013
Renowned Composer / Performer Randall Hall to Perform
The Greatbatch School of Music will host renowned saxophonist, Randall Hall, for a performance at the Center for the Arts Recital Hall on Saturday, February 16, at 8 p.m. This is a free event and open to the public.
"Randall Hall is truly the master of the saxophone...his interpretive skills are superb...an excellent soloist and saxophonist. He is an incredible technician and an artist on the saxophone."- Saxophone Journal
"BRAVO on your sheer mastery of the instrument." - The Saxophone Symposium
"…refreshingly adventurous." - City Paper, Rochester, New York
Described by Innova Recordings as producing and performing “high octane, supercharged sax,” Randall Hall’s innovative contributions to music are not to be ignored. Hall pioneers emerging compositions in solo and group performances. Featuring “cutting edge electronics and white-hot improvisations,” Hall’s performances are widely recognized for their skill and energetic spontaneity.
“We’re thrilled to be welcoming him for a two-day residency at the Greatbatch School of Music, during which he’ll be performing, visiting classes, and offering a master class for students currently working on contemporary musical works,” said Dr. David Davies, assistant professor of composition studies. “Randall’s music also often touches on issues of spirituality and faith, intersecting in interesting ways with one of the School of Music’s core convictions, which is to be “profoundly Christian” in our approaches to music making.”
An extensive traveler, Hall has taught and performed throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, demonstrating and teaching up-and-coming musicians “new music” techniques. Students at Harvard University, Cornell University, The Luxembourg Conservatory, and Spain’s Concervatorio Superior de Música have benefitted from his lectures and classes on new music.
A staunch supporter of contemporary music, Hall promotes new compositions during solo concerts, performing works by artists such as Jing-Jing Luo, Christian Lauba, and James R. Carlson. Hall is the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, an Encore Grant, and the French Premier Prix, among many other awards and distinctions.
Randall Hall currently works as an associate professor of music at Augustan College in Rock Island, Illinois. He teaches courses on music theory, saxophone, electronic music, and improvisation. In addition to solo performances, Hall regularly contributes to the contemporary improvisation duo, Pendulum, and directs the visionary Rock Island music series, Emanations.
The Saturday performance is open to the general public. For more information about the performance, please contact David Davies at David.Davies@Houghton.edu .