We are excited to announce our next recording project: the complete wind quintets of Don Gillis. Previously unrecorded, Gillis’ three suites for wind quintet display his lighthearted mid-century style — inflected with jazz and a great sense of humor, and impeccably attuned to the colors and idioms of the wind quintet.
We’ll be recording in beautiful Voertman Hall at the University of North Texas this weekend with engineer Greg Dixon. Look for some new group photos coming soon, and more details about the project and our fund-raising effort later this summer. In the meantime, we’ll try to post photos from the session, and here are the work titles and movements:
Don Gillis – Suites for Wind Quintet
Suite No. 1 for Woodwind Quintet, “The Fable of the Tortoise and the Hare” (11:00)
I. Bre’er Rabbit Dreams
II. They’re Off
III. Mr. Tortoise Wins the Race
Suite No. 2 for Woodwind Quintet, “Three Sketches” (13:00)
I. Self Portrait
Suite No. 3 for Woodwind Quintet, “Gone with the Woodwinds” (13:00)
I. Take Five Blues
II. Five Piece Combo
III. Frolic in B-Bop Major
Jason is a Fort Worth native who was previously oboist in the Graduate Woodwind Quintet at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he completed an Artist’s Certificate in oboe performance.
Amy comes to us from Nebraska where she taught at Concordia University and performed with the Omaha Symphony. She took the place of our longtime flutist Katrina Elsnick, who won a piccolo position with the West Point Band and is currently at basic training.
We’ve already performed together a few times and though it’s sad to see old friends go, we’re excited about this newest iteration of the Madera Wind Quintet. Look for more news about our next recording project soon!
Back in summer 2012, we had the opportunity to premiere Lansing McCloskey’s Hardwood at the International Horn Society Conference in Denton, TX and the International Double Reed Society conference in Oxford, OH.
McCloskey was the winner of the International Joint Wind Quintet Project Competition, which resulted in a commission for him to write the piece. The competition was a collaboration between the International Horn Society, International Double Reed Society, International Clarinet Association and National Flute Association, and Hardwood was performed at the conferences of all of these societies in 2012. All five movements are now on YouTube, check ‘em out!
Been wanting to check out the music from our album Five at Play? Since we opted out of Spotify due to their dubious methods of musician compensation, we made this video so you can get a listen of excerpts from all of the tracks on the album:
The Madera Wind Quintet’s own Rachel Yoder was a guest on SoundNotion, the “weekly podcast for new music and music news,” on February 3 to talk about our new album Five at Play. Also joining the conversation was Sarah Summar who composed the piece Tó Neinilii’s Mischief in collaboration with us, along with hosts David MacDonald, Nate Bliton, and Patrick Gullo. Watch the program to hear us discuss the problems of writing for wind quintet, why horn players are such “weirdos” and which chamber ensemble has the most… um… testosterone.
Well, today’s the day… Our debut album, Five at Play, is now available for purchase either as a CD or digital download from Crescent Phase Records. It is also available on Amazon and iTunes.
The Five at Play album is finally done, and we couldn’t be happier with the result. We worked closely with recording engineer/producer Greg Dixon of Dixon Sound Services for many, many hours to get everything sounding just right. Then it went to Blair Liikala, head of recording services at the University of North Texas, for mastering. We can’t wait for everyone to hear this recording!
The album will be released digitally and on CD on Nov. 15. If you were one of our awesome Kickstarter backers, you should be receiving it around that time also!
If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we’d love to see you at our CD release event next Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 pm in Denton! Celebrate our new album with a short MW performance and food and drink on us! See the Facebook event page for more details.
One last thing…
We’re excited to announce that we have a new oboist! We welcome to Madera Wind Quintet Andrew Gresham from California, who just began his masters degree in oboe at the University of North Texas. Best of luck to our lovely oboist for the last two years Natalie Lorch, who has moved to New York to begin a doctorate at Stony Brook.
We’re just a few days away from our July 1 deadline, and the Kickstarter is progressing nicely! We are thrilled with the number of supporters and their generosity. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to visit our Facebook Page and “Like” us or sign up for our e-mail newsletter to keep up with the latest goings-on of the Madera Wind Quintet!
We have a TON of people to thank for watching the video above and pledging to support the Five at Play recording project:
Tom & Molly Lorch
Dana & Glenn