Saxophone Quartet, Chan Ka Nin

Amherst Sax Quartet to receive top national prize

Buffalo News, The

The Buffalo-based Amherst Saxophone Quartet will gain another national honor on Friday when it is awarded first prize in the 1992 Annual CMA/ASCAP Competition in New York City during the National Conference of Chamber Music America. Read more »

Amherst Sax Quartet to receive top national prize

And the winner is...

Buffalo News, The

After a season of suspense, during which the Amherst Saxophone Quartet progressively performed the winning works in its International Composition Competition, we now arrive at the grand prize winner Read more »

Amherst Sax Quartet: And the winner is...Chan Ka Nin

ASQ finalists create 4 intriguing entries

Works reviewed: 
Quartet for Four Saxophones (1989), Anita D. Perry
Saxophone Quartet, Chan Ka Nin
Dispositions for Saxophone Quartet, Judith Dvorkin
Quartet for Saxophones (1989), Joseph Jarman
Jilly Bean Walk, Russ Carere
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Apr 8 1991
By: 
Herman Trotter

This concert presenting the first group of finalists among new compositions submitted to ASQ's "Great Competition" had a surprisingly interesting overall profile.

That's the property of a movement, a work, or an entire concert which allows it to remain etched in the mind because the music traced an easily perceptible and distinctive pattern or design. Read more »

Amherst Saxophone Quartet strings together a pleasant mix

Works reviewed: 
Quartet in F Major, K. 590, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Saxophone Quartet, Chan Ka Nin
Closely Related Fungi (1996), Jonathan Golove
Grave et Presto, Jean Rivier
Danzas de Panama (1953), William Grant Still
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Feb 8 1997
By: 
Thomas Putnam

The Amherst Saxophone Quartet was in disguise for part of this program, which mixed saxophone quartet pieces and string quartet pieces with mixed results.

The saxophonists had on their slippers, but not their powdered wigs, for their performance of a Mozart String Quartet (K. 590). Candlelight would have been appropriate and made more chilling the moans of disapproving ghosts of the Budapest String Quartet. Read more »

Sax life of Riley is boring

Works reviewed: 
I Sugo (2000), Stephen Parisi
Mandala Miniatures (2000), Terry Riley
Chamber Symphony for Saxophone Quartet, Andrew Stiller
Saxophone Quartet, Chan Ka Nin
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Mar 25 2000
By: 
Herman Trotter

The final concert on the Amherst Saxophone Quartet's 1999-2000 series, in UB's Slee Hall, explores works composed specifically for the ensemble. Read more »

Saxophone Quartet, Chan Ka Nin

Chan's Saxophone Quartet consists of one movement that grows from chaos to a deep sense of tranquility. The work is said to comment on the act of bringing a chamber music work to performance level, with all the requisite discussion, give and take, and ultimate agreement that this intimate music requires. Saxophone Quartet "explores the various sonic possibilities for the four sizes of saxophones. Each instrument is featured prominently at one point, and sometimes they may be paired or played against each other. Read more »

Chan Ka Nin

1949 —

Chan Ka Nin was born in Hong Kong in 1949, and moved with his family to Vancouver, Canada, in 1965. While pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at the University of British Columbia, he studied composition with Jean Coulthard. After graduation, he undertook further studies in music with Bernhard Heiden at Indiana University, obtaining master's and doctoral degrees in composition. Since 1982, he has been Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, teaching music theory and composition. Read more »

Offbeat Amherst musicians provide a musical adventure

Works reviewed: 
Quartet in e minor, Giuseppe Verdi
Saxophone Quartet, Chan Ka Nin
Blue Monk, Thelonius Monk
Jilly Bean Walk, Russ Carere
Reading Eagle/Reading Times
Reading, PA
Feb 22 1993
By: 
Susan L. Pena

In a concert that showed just how well-deserved their Chamber Music America award for adventuresome programming was, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet inaugurated the Gertrude Sternbergh Concert Series of the Star series Association Saturday night at the Albright College Meridian Theatre.

Besides hearing the rare sounds of four saxophones playing both chamber music and jazz, the audience had a dollop of comedy thrown in unexpectedly by tenor player Stephen Rosenthal. Read more »

Toronto composer wins sax competition

Works reviewed: 
Saxophone Quartet, Chan Ka Nin
Sinfonietta in C, J.C. Bach
Language of Bees, Leila Lustig
The Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
May 11 1992
By: 
Herman Trotter

May I have the envelope please? And the winner of the International Composition Competition is...Toronto-based composer Chan Ka Nin for his Saxophone Quartet subtitled Among Friends. The blue ribbon is worth $4,000 plus several repeat performances. The winning quartet opens with spiky textures formed from stark polyphonic lines and staccato attacks, and progresses over its 14-minute duration to a much more serene closing ground. At the end we hear slow, sweet pulsing sound patterns, a suggestion of pentatonic scales and some truly delicious close harmonies. Read more »

Lament on the Death of Music

Amherst Saxophone Quartet: Lament on the Death of Music
Salvatore Andolina, soprano
Russ Carere, alto
Stephen Rosenthal, tenor
Harry Fackelman, baritone
Christine Schadeberg, Soprano (voice)

Notes on the Compositions

Several common threads are woven throughout the fabric of this, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet's fifth recording. As it happens, it is something of a 'theme album', — a creature more common to rock than to 'serious' music.

All the compositions were written in the last few years and take on the question of what 'classical music' is (or may be) at the end of the 20th century. All were composed for the ASQ or submitted as entries in its International Saxophone Quartet Composition Competition. Read more »

Year: 
1992
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