Monday, September 20, 2010

Saxquest to present free master classes with Eric Mandat, Dick Oatts, Jeff Coffin and Victor Goines

The St. Louis woodwind sales and repair shop Saxquest will host a free recital and master class featuring clarinetist Eric Mandat at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 2.

Mandat (pictured) will perform solo works with piano for about an hour, then give a master class for an hour. Consider a leading composer and performer of contemporary clarinet music, Mandat is known for his use of extended techniques, such as multiphonics and microtones. His composing is focused on solo and chamber works for clarinet, using extended techniques within a framework influenced by jazz and traditional music of non-Western cultures. You can hear samples of Mandat's music on his MySpace page.

Mandat's performance and master class is the first of four such events Saxquest has scheduled for the fall. Also on the calendar:

* Dick Oatts, a veteran jazz saxophonist, session musician and alumnus of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 9.

* Jeff Coffin, featured saxophonist with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, the Dave Matthews Band and his own group, the Mu'Tet, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday October 27.

* Victor Goines, saxophonist and clarinetist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and director of jazz studies at Northwestern University, at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 13.

All events are free and open to the public, and will be held at the Saxquest shop, 2114 Cherokee St. on the south side. For more information, call Saxquest at 314-664-1234 or visit their website.

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