|PROGRAM NOTES by the composer|
|The Seven Chakras for Tenor Saxophone and Piano|
kept missing saxophone more and more through 2002 and 2003 and thought about
tenor saxophone as being my "real voice" even though I'd always been
an alto player. In
July 2003 I went to the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis - the first
time in 25 years that I'd immersed myself back into the saxophone world.
I got impulsive and bought a tenor there and started to practice
every day, just like in college; and I knew it was time to start writing for saxophone
again, now to start building the tenor repertoire. What an amazing instrument
without enough literature!
At the time, I was learning about the body's neural nodes (sometimes called chakras), which are 7 locations in the body serving as primary junctions in our nervous system. In holistic disciplines like yoga and reiki, each chakra is believed to regulate aspects of our spiritual and psychological energy, and this inspired me to write a suite about chakras, with each chakra's personality suggesting the mood and flow of the music's seven continuous connected movements.
last updated June 9, 2020