Program Book 2002-2003 page 16
Concert II Program Notes, pg 3

1) Presto with anxiety (The Serpent), which emphasizes the rhythmical and timbral qualities of the saxes.
2) Ballad with languor (The Frozen), a ballad in the jazz tradition which emphasizes the expressive and harmonic qualities of the saxes.
3) Finale with energy, (The Dance), which revisits, not without a certain dose of irony, various musical influences that have enriched my musical path through the years, most of which are easily identifiable.

MIKE MOWER, baritone saxophonist with the saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers, originally studied classical flute at the Royal Academy in London. His high-energy pieces provide many opportunities for improvisation. In addition to producing classical and jazz CDs, his work as composer and arranger has included commissions for ensembles such as the BBC Big Band and Radio Orchestra, London, the NDR Big Band, Hamburg, the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, and many classical and jazz ensembles throughout Europe. Mower continues to add works to his catalogue that often bridge the gap between jazz and classical music, with the intention of producing music that is challenging, but always melodic and enjoyable to play.

Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book 2002-03 Concert II program notes