Concerts and events celebrating jazz, poetry and American folk song, April 4 - 6:

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Marshall Taylor, Saxophone

Marshall Taylor plays in recital, chamber music, ballet, orchestral, new music and modern dance settings. He has played in Eastern and Western Europe and Japan as well as the United States, and has recorded as both saxophonist and conductor for Abany Records, Arizona University Recordings, CRI, Experimental Intermedia Foundation, Hat Art, Innova, Koch International Classics, Mode, Naxos, Opus One and Zoar. He studied at Wheaton College, Northwestern University and the Paris Conservatoire, the latter under a Fulbright grant, and his teachers and coaches include Marcel Mule, Frederick Hemke, Henry Schuman, Marcel Moyse and Ifor Jones. He plays with Network for New Music, Orchestra 2001 and other Philadelphia groups and has performed in New York with the League/ISCM players, Parnassus and the Group for Contemporary Music. He has worked closely with such composers as Milton Babbitt, Luciano Berio, Lukas Foss, Matthew Greenbaum, Karel Husa, William Kraft, Gerald Levinson, Ursula Mamlok, Pauline Oliveros, Raoul Pleskow, James Primosch and Terry Riley, playing and recording their compositions, some of which were written for him. He teaches saxophone at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia. Along with Marion Kant and Samuel Hsu, he presents concerts of “Entartete Musik” (“Degenerate Music”)—the music of composers banned, displaced or murdered by the Nazi regime.

“…no one has played my music better than you two.”  Milton Babbitt, writing about the recording with pianist Charles Abramovic of his Whirled Series on  Koch International Classics.

“That boy can play! I mean, That boy can play! I mean, THAT BOY CAN PLAY!” Ifor Jones

“You are the only saxophonist I enjoy listening to.” Pauline Oliveros