Commissioned by Concorso Internazionale "2 Agosto" in Bologna, Italy, Omnifenix is a captivating composition that combines directed improvisation on saxophone and drum kit with an orchestra. Originally written for the renowned tenor player Michael Brecker, the piece showcases a unique collaboration where the drum set player acts as a translator, reinforcing the orchestra's foundation while responding to the soloist. Described as a compelling synthesis of jazz and art music, Omnifenix allows the saxophone soloist's individuality to shine, creating a remarkable and harmonious musical experience.
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Omnifenix (saxophone concerto)
Concerto for Improvising Saxophone, Drum Set, and Orchestra
Commissioner: Concorso Internazionale “2 Agosto”, Bologna, Italy
Collaborator: Michael Brecker
Instrumentation: Tenor Saxophone & Drum Set Soli + 2(2pic).2.2(Eb).2 / 220.127.116.11 / Timp.3perc / Str
Premiered by Michael Brecker and Orchestra Sinfonica dell Emilia Romagna Toscanini with Marcello Rota (cond) on August 2, 2000 in Bologna, Italy
Omnifenix is an unusual concerto in that the majority of the two concertante parts consist of instructions for directed improvisation. Originally written for legendary jazz saxophonist Michael Brecker, its title refers to jazz and classical music being “omni-genres”, sustained more by philosophies of music and culture than by any specific concepts of style. It describes a piece of music that is reborn differently each time. Like a phoenix, the improviser will continue to emerge anew and redefine the rules of their dynamic dialogue with the orchestra each time the work is performed.
Tenor saxophone solo
Drum set solo
2 Flute (both dbl pic)
2 Clarinet (Eb)