Collaborations/Recordings

Saxton/Olsen Duo compact disc ‘LANDFALL’ is now available!

Purchase your 2021 hope-filled soundscape HERE

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.

 NEW:  LANDFALL Digital Downloads of the CD and individual tracks available here.

PURCHASE LANDFALL: Independent CD (2020) and/or Saxton’s Landfall, the composition, click here. 

 

SAXTON OLSEN DUO

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.

Review     Available at Ravencd.com   Amazon ‘Muses’ purchase link

RAVEN CD (2017)

This recording of the Sarah Graham Kenan Memorial Organ (C.B. Fisk, Op. 75) at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts features both solo organ works and works for trumpet/organ duo. Three pieces receive their first recording on this CD: Three Pieces for Organ by Aaron TraversPrelude, Aria and Finale by Margaret Sandresky (commissioned by the Kenan Foundation for the Arts of UNCSA), and Frost and Wind by Ted Oliver (composed for performers). 
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SAXTON COMPOSITIONS

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.

EMF Concert YouTube Link: Lament for Our Times 

Winston Salem journal article

CVNC Lament for Our Times EMF review

LAMENT FOR OUR TIMES program notes

 

Lament for our Times Score purchase 

On my back deck post-video session

Diane Phoenix-Neal, viola, and Judith

Four Songs for Earth Day (2020) (unaccompanied trumpet composition). Score purchase (coming soon.

  1. Plentiful Pansies
  2. Lilac Lovliness
  3. Dragonflly Duet
  4. 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.

 

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