Saxton/Olsen Duo compact disc ‘LANDFALL’ is now available!
Landfall…a heartfelt soundscape spanning 350 years features the Saxton Olsen duo performing works including standard Baroque repertoire, two recording premieres, spirituals, and my composition “Landfall” written specifically for this recording — and more.. When you purchase the CD, you receive a 6-page wallet surrounding you in the environment of the recording, as well as background about the artists, music and the recording process.
SAXTON OLSEN DUO
Judith Saxton, trumpet and Timothy Olsen, organ have been collaborating together for over a decade in the Saxton Olsen Duo, formed while colleagues at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. They have performed throughout the United States for evening and lunchtime concert series and duo recitals at East coast universities. They have commissioned pieces for their duo both through competitions and connections and they relish presenting those within their eclectic mix of repertoire.
The Saxton Olsen duo is known for their imaginative programming and creative use of colors; their performances are powerfully thought-provoking and dramatically provocative as well as surprisingly quirky and tongue-in cheek. The wide sound- range possible between the Organ’s vast registration choices and an array of different trumpets and mutes creates a sonically supercharged event, one limited only by their combined creative imagination. LANDFALL marks their second recording collaboration. Their first duo CD, The American and French Muses (2017), was issued on the Raven label.
The world premiere of Saxton’s composition Lament for Our Times: a trumpet/viola collaboration with EMF faculty colleague Diane Phoenix-Neal, opened the July 13, 2020 Eastern Music Festival’s Virtual “experience music from: Home chamber concert.
On my back deck post-video session
Four Songs for Earth Day (2020) (unaccompanied trumpet composition). Score purchase (coming soon.
- Plentiful Pansies
- Lilac Lovliness
- Dragonflly Duet
- Spider Plant
Trumpet/piano SOLO RECORDINGS
Concert & Contest Pieces for Trumpet and Piano with Allison Gagnon, piano: 2011 International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Compact Disc provided to all 5,000 members.
I am primarily a Collaborative musician and view each one of my Solo recitals (a misnomer, at best) as collaborations in the truest sense of the word.
My two primary collaborators continue to be my former UNCSA colleagues: Allison Gagnon, piano and Timothy Olsen, organ.
Each year, I give a number of recitals with these two wonderful keyboardists, highlighting the many roles we each play: the keyboardists become the band, orchestra and chamber accompaniment trumpet becomes the singer of the song, the storyteller of sound, through the vehicle of vocal and instrumental music.