Concerto Funded by UK Research Grant

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Miles Osland

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The other works resulting from the research project include “Saxofonqvartett” by Sweden’s Anders Arstrand, and “Four Brazilian Miniatures” by Brazilian composer Hudson Nogueira. Both works are for saxophone quartet and premiered earlier this year.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2005) -- Miles Osland, director of the University of Kentucky Jazz Studies program, will solo with the UK Wind Ensemble in the premiere performance of a work specially commissioned by him with a UK Research Support Grant. The concerto will be the featured work at the upcoming UK Wind Ensemble concert to be held 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

The "Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra" was composed by English jazz composer Mike Mower, who has had a long relationship with Osland and the UK jazz saxophone ensemble called Mega-Sax.
  A $24,000 UK Research Support Grant was used to commission three works by major international composers. Over the last year, Osland traveled to Sweden, Brazil and England to consult with the composers. All three works are being performed this year at UK and will be released on CD by Sea Breeze Records of California.

It may seem unusual for a music commission to come from research funding.

Often this kind of money goes to fund projects and equipment for studies in medicine, physics or equine research. But the "Development, Documentation and Dissemination of New Works for Saxophone," the actual title of Osland’s research proposal, is fully in keeping with the University's stated goals of “discovering, sharing and applying new knowledge.” Even so, it is a significant achievement for someone in the School of Music to attain a research grant of this magnitude and for it to be used to commission new music.

UK and Osland have had a long relationship with English composer Mike Mower. The UK Mega-Sax 15-year retrospective CD called “Full English Mower in the Bluegrass” was released in 2004 by Sea Breeze, demonstrating the relationship the program has fostered with the composer.

The other works resulting from the research project include “Saxofonqvartett” by Sweden’s Anders Arstrand, and “Four Brazilian Miniatures” by Brazilian composer Hudson Nogueira. Both works are for saxophone quartet and premiered earlier this year.

Other music to be featured at the April 18 concert will be works for wind ensemble by Dmitri Shostakovich, Adam Gorb, Paul Hindemith, and Dan Welcher. All music will be conducted by Cody Birdwell, UK’s director of bands.


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