Over the past few weeks, hunkered in my home studio in lockdown, I’ve very much enjoyed putting together this recording of Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint. Originally written for multi-tracked clarinets and soloist, Susan Fancher’s arrangement for multi-tracked saxophones works wonderfully, and I feel imbues the work with a completely different character.
I first encountered the work as a first-year undergraduate at the University of Toronto, and was a real “gateway drug” into contemporary music for me. I’ve wanted to record and perform the work as a soloist for some time, but the lockdown period is the first real opportunity I’ve had to hone my chops on recording software.
I hope you enjoy!