So although they call this the “2012 Biennial Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance,” what they really have here is a festival of contemporary music (albeit a saxophone-centric one). After all, what else would you call a four-day music event that involves multiple venues, dozens of concerts, top-notch performances of solo, chamber, and concert music by world-class players, and no less than 76 (!) world premieres?
This is, to my knowledge, the first time that a major music news outlet has covered the biennial saxophone conference.1 Lias forewent my performance to hike in the northern Phoenix mountains, a travesty for which I am willing to forgive, because he covered so many of my friends and colleagues from Michigan State University. I hope he makes it out to the next one!
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Yes, NMB is major. What they’re doing is more relevant than any newspaper or even, sadly, The New Yorker. ↩