From Star Stuff by Kyle Landry

From Star Stuff, for saxophone ensemble, takes its title from Carl Sagan’s monologue at the opening of “Cosmos: a Personal Voyage”. The 1980s television show covers a range of scientific subjects from the origin of life to the birth of the universe. This show played a significant role in my lifelong fascination with science and humanity's place in the universe. From Star Stuff traces the journey of a photon from the formation of the star, bouncing through the core, flying through space, and finally being absorbed into the life cycle of earth. The following is Dr. Carl Sagan’s monologue.

“The lives and deaths of the stars seem impossibly remote from human experience and yet we’re related in the most intimate way to their life-cycles. The very matter that makes us up was generated long ago and far away in red giant stars. A blade of grass, as Walt Whitman said, is the journey work of the stars. The formation of the solar system may have been triggered by a nearby supernova explosion. After the Sun turned on, its ultraviolet light poured into our atmosphere, its warmth generated lightning, and these energy sources sparks the origin of life. Plants harvest sunlight converting solar into chemical energy. We and the other animals are parasites on the plants. So we are, all of us, solar-powered. The evolution of life is driven by mutations, they're caused partly by natural radioactivity and cosmic rays, but they're both generative in the spectacular deaths of massive stars thousands of light-years distant.

Think of the sun's heat on your upturned face on a cloudless summer's day. From a hundred and fifty million kilometers away we recognize its power. What would we feel on its seething self-luminous surface or immersed in its heart of nuclear fire? And yet, the Sun is an ordinary even a mediocre star. Our ancestors worshiped the Sun and they were far from foolish it makes good sense to revere the sun and the stars because we are their children.

We have witnessed the life cycles of the stars. They are born they mature and then they die. As time goes on there are more white dwarfs, more neutron stars, more black holes. The remains of the stars accumulate as the eons pass. But interstellar space also becomes progressively enriched in heavy elements out of which form new generations of stars, and planets, life, and intelligence. The events in one star can influence a world halfway across the galaxy and a billion years in the future”

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“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.”

― Carl Sagan

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Aeolian Harp by Kyle Landry

Aeolian Harp for saxophone quartet

Aeolian Harp was written to explore the sound phenomenon known as the aeolian harp or wind harp. This is a harp or stringed instrument that is played only by the wind. As the wind passes through the strings, oscillating vortices are formed causing the strings to vibrate. As the wind changes the strings will ring at different harmonics producing different pitches. This saxophone quartet reimagines these unique sounds as well as the sound of the wind itself.

SATB recorded by Kyle Landry

 

NODE by Kyle Landry

April 7, 2017

Headphone or high quality speakers highly recommended to hear the very soft and very low frequencies.

NODE for Baritone Saxophone and Interocitor. The word node describes the point along a standing wave where the wave is at it's minimum amplitude. On the Interocitor there are three nodes. One attached to each drum and one where vibrations are input into the spring.

 

Un Lieu Verdoyant by Philippe Leroux

May 10, 2016

Leah Brzyski - Soprano

Kyle Landry - Soprano Saxophone

 

Journey by Lori Laitman

March 25, 2015

Kyle Landry - Saxophone

Yu-Lien The - Piano

 

Saxophone Quartet by Georg Friedrich Haas - NASA Winners Recital

The Viridian Saxophone Quartet performs Georg Friedrich Haas' Saxophone Quartet at the North American Saxophone Alliance Winners Recital 3/12/2016.

 

Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Movement I                by Edison Denisov

March 25, 2015. 

Kyle Landry - Saxophone
Yu-Lien The - Piano

 

Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Movement II                by Edison Denisov

 

2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Finals

Silver Medal winners!

The Echo Saxophone Quartet performs movement II of Alexander Glazunov's Quartet for saxophone. 

 

The Echo Saxophone Quartet performs the Scherzo Variation from Alexander Glazunov's Quartet for saxophone and "Pypes" from William Albright's Fantasy Etudes. 

 

Greensilver by Evan Chambers

Greensilver by Evan Chambers. Recorded by Kyle Landry and Kristen Zelenak at Central Michigan University in Chamichian Hall.

The title Greensilver came from an alternate name for mercury: quicksilver. Somehow, the image of silvery, liquid, quickened metal crossed with a softening verdant green informs the tone of the piece. There is also a certain sadness at the piece's heart--the music alternates between fast-moving interlocking fluid passages and long lines that pull against drones. In the latter, I was particularly interested in the patterns of beating and difference tones (a third pitch that is created in the air when two tones interact) that are audible between and below the notes of the two instruments when sounded together. The piece was written for Wesley Miller and John Sampen. - Evan Chambers

Kyle Landry - Alto Saxophone I
Kristen Zelenak - Alto Saxophone II

 

Daydream by Cody Wright

Daydream was written for the Yesaroun' Duo - Samuel Z. Solomon, percussion, and Eric Hewitt, saxophone as part of the 2001 Walden School Commissioning Project. The first performance of Daydream was given by the Yesaroun' Duo on July 13 2001 at the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall in Dublin, New Hampshire. 

Recorded April 10, 2011 Chamichian Recital Hall, Central Michigan University.

Kyle Landry - Saxophone
Joshua Graham - Vibraphone

 

Prelude Cadence et Finale by Alfred Desenclos

Alfred Desenclos, Prelude Cadence et Finale

Recorded in Chamichian Hall, 11/14/11
Kyle Landry - saxophone
Jun Okada - Piano