Shafer and Friends Solo Album
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This year marked saxophonist Dennis Shafer's concerto debut
in Jordan Hall with the New England String Ensemble, Federico Cortese,
conducting, performing Chemins IV by Luciano Berio. The Boston
Globe noted "the difficult solo part was played brilliantly by Dennis
Shafer." In 2009, Dennis Shafer released his debut solo
album and promoted it in a world-tour with concerts in Paris, Bangkok,
Lawai (Hawaii), and
several US cities, including
Boston, New York,
San Francisco, Eugene
(Oregon), and Lawrence, Kansas. He
belongs to the internationally renowned BBCNASE contemporary
saxophone ensemble directed by French saxophonist Jean-Michel Goury, which recently presented a full program at the
World Saxophone Congress in Thailand.
In 2008, Dennis Shafer was presented
a Legacy Award by Meryl
Streep from the Creativity
Foundation. A native of Lawrence, Kansas, he holds a Bachelors
from the Boston Conservatory and a Diplome d'Etudes Musicales from three years of study at Boulogne Conservatory in Paris, France.
Dennis worked with several great composers and saxophonists, including Francois
Rosse, Etienne Rolin, Yosh'ko Seffer, Francois Coutinaud, and Rico Gubler.
Parisian literary life and contemporary art laid
the groundwork and inspiration for Sounds in Bloom, a
poetry-music-movement-art ensemble he co-founded with poet Diana Norma Szokolyai in
2006. Originally participating in David Barne's Spoken Word
in Paris and featured by Parissoirees.com, Sounds in Bloom
now returns regularly to Paris
for performances, including at the theatre Salle Edmond Michelet at the Cite International des
Arts, where Dennis was Artist in Residence in 2006.
In Boston as a
debuting impresario, Dennis Shafer has organized several masterclasses
and concert series for composers, musicians, and poets visiting from Paris, Bordeaux, Rome, Estonia,
and Sudbury (Canada). In 2009,
his Yes We Can! 5 World Premieres concert, featuring works
from visiting Italian composer Claudio Gabriele, made a splash with
a full audience participating in surrealist games and
improvisation. This year Dennis has founded a new music ensemble,
which will host a Concert Series themed Choose Your Own Adventure,
featuring dance, theatre, Soundpainting, and a world
premiere of Techni-Calligramme, a work
composed by himself and 5 other composers.
As a teaching artist, Dennis has presented
workshops, masterclasses, and concerts in 2009 at the
Boston Conservatory, the University of the Pacific (San Francisco), and the University of Wisconsin
(Whitewater). Dennis' students also make appearances in the Boston area music scene,
with performances in Inman Square,
and Wellesley Free Library.
As a continuation of his inter-disciplinary
fervor, Dennis co-directs the Chagall Performance Art Collaborative, which has
a residency at the OUTPOST 186 in Cambridge's
Inman Square. The
Collaborative explores the newest reaches of contemporary performance art, and
has recently been selected by the Boston Globe as a Nightlife Pick. Now
based in Boston
where he has premiered works by Robert Morris, Curtis Hughes, and Claudio
Gabriele, he has earned an Artist Diploma at Longy School of Music, studying with Kenneth Radnofsky.