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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: Concerto
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Wanting to learn the saxophone solo performed by the legendary Micheal Brecker at the world premiere of Omnifenix: Tenor Sax Concerto? This digital download includes a transcription of Brecker's world premiere performance, a backing track, and MP3 audio files intended for learning and preparing the piece. High-quality audio files for live performances are available at no additional cost.
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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 / 4.3.3.1 / 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

Difficulty Level:
Virtuosic
Duration:
15:45
Type:
Original
Instrument Tags:
Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Drum Set
Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
English Horn
Cor Anglais
Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
French Horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion
Mixed Percussion
Violin
Viola
Cello
Double Bass
Winds
Brass
Strings

Programme Note

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.

Full Instrumentation

Tenor saxophone solo

Drum set solo

2 Flute (both dbl pic)
2 Oboe
2 Clarinet (Eb)
2 Bassoon

4 Horn
3 Trumpet
2 Trombone
Bass Trombone
Tuba

Timpani
3 Percussion

Strings