Joren Cain Dissertation Abstract

JOREN CAIN

VOICES OF DISSENT

Music for Saxophone and Piano


Burton Beerman, Fernande Decruck, David M. Gordon, Mikel Kuehn, Elainie Lillios, Jean-Louis Petit, Astor Piazzolla, Marilyn Shrude, Piet Swerts

JOREN CAIN, saxophone
SARAH CAIN
MAILA GUTIERREZ SPRINGFIELD

Includes World Premiere Recordings

[MS1408]

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REVIEWS

“Cain is a very fine performer…and is gifted with a terrific tone and ample technique. From that standpoint, there is much to admire in this collection of the new and unusual in saxophone repertoire… I liked this album mainly for the performances. Joren Cain is truly a gifted and impressive saxophonist with a clear expertise for contemporary music. Pianist Maila Gutierrez Springfield and clarinetist Sarah Cain are also quite capable in their roles. As for the whole Voices of Dissent concept, it may have been interesting to watch and hear how this event (and its political undertones) transpired but the music all stands on its own merits…  classical saxophonists everywhere should definitely check this disc out for both Cain’s playing as well as to discover some new, unusual work. Listeners not familiar with contemporary wind music should still find some interest as well.”
[ * * * *  =  4-Stars] Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition – May 2102

PROGRAM NOTES

INTRODUCTION
In 2010, Joren Cain published his doctoral dissertation, centered on rediscovering the saxophone music of Fernande Decruck. Decruck’s works were largely forgotten after her death in 1954; until 2002, Marcel Mule’s 1954 recording of Andante et Fileuse was the only commercial recording of any of her saxophone works. In recent years, Decruck’s music has enjoyed a resurgence among saxophonists throughout the world, and this CD was created with this spirit of discovery and rediscovery for the listener. The repertoire on this disc showcases a wide range of current compositional techniques, as most of the works have been written in the last decade and are receiving their premiere recordings. Among the pieces included in this program, only two were written before 2000; one is Decruck’s previously unrecorded Danses autour du monde. The other is Astor Piazzolla’s Otoño Porteño, which is newly adapted from an arrangement for violin, cello and piano. Within Voices of Dissent, there are many new pieces to discover, as well as a few works ripe for rediscovery.

Joren Cain is a saxophone soloist well-versed in both classical and jazz idioms. A Chicago native, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University, where he studied saxophone with Steve Duke. Dr. Cain continued his studies with Jim Riggs at the University of North Texas, where he was a member of the 2 O’Clock Lab Band and earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. As an educator, Dr. Cain was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University and a Teaching Fellow at UNT. He is currently Associate Professor of saxophone and director of the New Jazz Ensemble at Valdosta State University in Georgia. He has contributed articles to the Saxophone Symposium journal and GIA’s publication Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz. Dr. Cain is committed to the study and performance of contemporary saxophone music and has commissioned more than a dozen works for the instrument. His solo performances across the United States and abroad, including Germany and the Czech Republic, have been applauded by composers Sammy Nestico, Alfred Reed and Jindrich Feld. Additionally, Dr. Cain served as a member of The United States Army Field Band for four years, performed as a featured soloist and was the soprano saxophonist in the TUSAFB Saxophone Quartet. Currently, he has an active performance schedule as a soloist and member of the Maharlika Trio, and as a freelance musician throughout the southeastern United States. [ www.jorencain.com ]

PROGRAM

JEAN-LOUIS PETIT (b.1937)
L’un Multiple (2009)

DAVID M. GORDON (b.1976)
Circumflexus for solo alto saxophone (2001)

FERNANDE DECRUCK (1896-1954)
Danses Autour du Monde (1943)
Au pays imaginaire
Île de Java
Cambodge

VOICES OF DISSENT
ELAINIE LILLIOS (b.1968) Wedge (2007)
MARILYN SHRUDE (b.1946) Trope (2007)
MIKEL KUEHN (b.1967) Resonances (2007)
BURTON BEERMAN (b.1943) Beginnings (2006)

JEAN-LOUIS PETIT
Le Plaisir d’un Enchantement for solo alto saxophone (2010)
Moderato
Lent et calme
Presto

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992)
Otoño Porteño for clarinet, baritone saxophone & piano (1963)
Adapted by Joren Cain

PIET SWERTS (b.1960)
Kotekan (2006)
Norot
Kotekan





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Biography

Dr. Joren Cain grew up in the Chicago area, where he developed an interest in both classical and jazz idioms at an early age. Joren received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University, where he studied with Steve Duke. He continued his studies with Jim Riggs at the University of North Texas, where he was a Teaching Fellow, a member of the 2 O’Clock Lab Band, and earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Joren has held teaching positions at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Northern Illinois University, in addition to his ten-year tenure at Valdosta State University. He has also served as a member of the United States Army Field Band, the Army’s premier touring concert band, where he performed frequently as a featured soloist and was the soprano saxophonist in the TUSAFB Saxophone Quartet. He has contributed several articles to GIA’s Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz series, and he has published research discussing the saxophone sonatas of Edison Denisov and Fernande Decruck’s Sonata in C#. Joren's article discussing the development of jazz tone and style was published in the December 2016 issue of The Instrumentalist. He has also created several arrangements for saxophone quartet and saxophone choir, as well as original compositions for saxophone.

Dr. Cain is committed to the study and performance of contemporary saxophone music and has commissioned over a dozen new works for the instrument, including compositions by David M. Gordon, Jean-Louis Petit, and Carl Schimmel. His performances have been applauded by such diverse composers Sammy Nestico, Alfred Reed, and Jindřich Feld. Cain is active within the North American Saxophone Alliance, and his performances have taken him across the United States and to Europe. His CD Voices of Dissent was released on MSR Classics in 2011. Joren Cain is proud to be an RS Berkeley artist.

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