Faculty Artist Series Recital - Edward Goodman, alto saxophone

Sep 13 7:30 PM


Crowder Hall
1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85721-0004



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The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Series recital featuring Edward Goodman, saxophone with pianist Liz Ames. The performance will take place in Crowder Hall on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

In his second year at the University of Arizona, Dr. Edward Goodman presents an exciting recital featuring repertoire from his upcoming debut CD album. The program will include works by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy award-winning composers William Bolcom and Joan Tower, a newly commissioned work by UA faculty member Daniel Asia, and a piece by David Biedenbender, who is on the faculty at Michigan State University.

About the Artists

Edward Goodman is a versatile performer, improviser, educator, and scholar comfortable in a wide array of musical idioms. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan where he served as teaching assistant to Dr. Timothy McAllister. While at U of M, he also studied under the legendary saxophone pedagogue Donald Sinta and jazz saxophonist Dr. Andrew Bishop while being a recipient of the Lawrence Teal Fellowship. Previously, he received degrees from U of M in saxophone performance and jazz improvisation (MM), as well as degrees in music education and performance from Michigan State University (BM). His primary teachers at MSU were Distinguished Professor Joseph Lulloff and Professor Diego Rivera.

Edward’s performance career has led to appearances around the globe as a soloist, chamber musician, and in various other concert settings. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Regional and National Biennial North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, and in eight performances in and around the SaxOpen Festival in Strasbourg, France, featuring his modern vaudeville saxophone sextet, The Moanin’ Frogs. The Moanin’ Frogs continue to define what is possible within a chamber setting by performing an expansive repertoire which explores jazz, pop, and classical music. Committed to inspiring future generations of musicians, The Moanin’ Frogs recently entered into partnership with the Conn-Selmer Division of Education, allowing the ensemble to give performances and interactive sessions with students nationwide.

As a soloist, Edward was awarded first prize in the North American Saxophone Alliance National Classical Solo Competition, and was a winner of both Michigan State University’s and the University of Michigan’s Concerto Competitions. He was also selected by the University of Michigan and Michigan State University to be featured as a soloist on their Collage Concerts in 2008, 2014 and 2016. As an orchestral performer, Edward has performed as principal saxophonist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, the Music Academy of the West Orchestra under Larry Rachleff, the New World Symphony under Jeffrey Milarsky, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra under Arie Lipsky, and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra under Kenneth Kiesler. He has also performed with chamber ensembles such as the PRISM Saxophone Quartet and the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet. Edward is equally at home in jazz as a composer and improviser, regularly performing in chamber jazz settings. He was a regular member of The Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings, an "early jazz" big band based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Being an avid promoter of new music, Edward has commissioned several pieces for the saxophone in a variety of mediums reflecting his versatility as an artist.
Edward has given master classes and recitals at the University of Michigan, Oakland University (Michigan), and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He serves on the summer faculty of both Interlochen Center of the Arts and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.

Whether on the stage, in the classroom, or in the community, Edward Goodman embodies a commitment to musical excellence and a determination to keep the saxophone at the forefront as a musical medium.

Liz Ames is a collaborative pianist who is passionate about performing and working with instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers.
Her international appearances include performances at the 2015 World Saxophone Congress, 2008 Contemporary Music Festival in Lima, Peru as a member of the Trio de las Americas (with her husband, saxophonist Kevin Ames and flutist Penelope Quesada), and at the 2011 International Double Reed Society Conference where she played for the master classes of Richard Woodhams, Nicholas Daniel, and John Steinmetz. In March 2012 Liz served as piano coordinator and staff pianist at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in Tempe, AZ. In September 2014, she performed with saxophonist Dr. Chien Kwan-Lin and clarinetist Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano at Northern Arizona University’s Single Reed Symposium. As part of the 2016 International Double Reed Society Conference, she performed multiple works by Chiel Meijering with bassoonist Dr. Lynn Hileman.
Liz received permission to create piano reductions for four concerti, including  Henry Brant's Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra, Edison Denisov's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, My Assam Dragon by JanSandstrom, and John Mackey's Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra. These four reductions are the beginning of Liz’s life-long project of making saxophone concertos more accessible to saxophonists. Liz recently performed her reductions of the Brant Concerto and My Assam Dragon at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland.
While specializing in saxophone literature, Liz continues to pursue projects with 
a wide variety of instrumentalists and vocalists. She was the pianist for a series of concerts during the 2010-2011 season where she performed the entire collection of 114 Songs by Charles Ives with eight different singers.

Liz completed her doctorate in collaborative piano at Arizona State University and is currently living in Ann Arbor, Michigan.