Musiqa presents Mark Flood: Gratest Hits concert
Musiqa presents a free LOFT concert, Mark Flood: Gratest Hits. The evening's program, which was created to complement the deliberately misspelled exhibit of the same name, features four works for saxophones and showcases members of the saxophone studio at the University of Houston, led by Musiqa regular and audience favorite Dan Gelok.
The program will also feature two works for saxophone quartet: Pitch Black, a work for quartet and ghetto-blaster, is by noted Dutch "avant pop" composer Jacob TV (the stage name of Jacob ter Veldhuis) and includes a soundtrack with "spoken word by jazz icons Billie Holiday and Chet Baker, death row inmates, and religious fanatics in Times Square."
The evening will conclude with the world premiere of a new Musiqa commission: Joel Love's Saxophone Quartet. Love, Musiqa's current composer+intern, has of late made a name for himself writing music for saxophones; another quartet, In memoriam, was performed at Chamber Music America's National Conference in New York, and his saxophone octet was performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference.