The Nu-Saxtet is a saxophone quartet made up of former Northern Illinois University graduates, and Meisel Music Collective members, Celia Faye (tenor), Ryan Meisel (alto), James Matheson (bari), and Terry Brown (soprano). Last night August 14th marked their inaugural performance as they shared the band shell with the Hartford, WI community band at Woodlawn Park. The show was well attended although it was a little chilly. Thank you to the fans and friends who came out to support our community and hear some cool new music.
1. Sweet Betsy from Pike- (1st movement of the Gold Rush Suite) - A period piece written to commemorate the folk music popular during our country's western gold rush with a modern addition of mixed meter, poly tonality and rhythm.
2. Escapade- The groups feature piece. This song takes the listener on jaunty ride through complex rhythmic themes and various often changing time signatures.
3. Amazing Grace- Standard spiritual with a little improvising on the melody.