The Touch and Go Sextet was assembled in San Francisco to play/interpret the music of visiting musicians. In 2008 we played with New York City based saxophonist/composer Avram Fefer (who suggested we call it Touch and Go). In 2009 there was a show with composer/multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia. In 2010 we played with Austria based alto saxophonist, Marco Eneidi (I heartily recommend checking out the large body of work by each of these three luminaries).
Concurrently (2008-2010), I was attending Mills College studying composition with Roscoe Mitchell. Through Roscoe’s teaching and persistent encouragement I gained confidence in my compositional abilities. I began arranging this music with the idea of featuring the individual musical personalities of Ben Goldberg, Aaron Bennett, Sheldon Brown, Lisa Mezzacappa and Darren Johnston. I am truly
grateful for the time, patience and artistry these incredible musicians gave to make this project a success. I would like to express my boundless gratitude to the Novara Jazz Festival. It was a joy and a privilege to be a part of this unforgettable affair. A big thank you to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for a generous travel grant, to everyone who donated $ during our online fundraiser, and to the San Francisco friends of Chamber Music for a grant to produce this CD. I hope you enjoy the music.
Thanks for listening,
released January 22, 2014
The Touch and Go Sextet Live at the Novara Jazz Festival
Aaron Bennett-Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Sheldon Brown-Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Lisa Mezzacappa- Bass
“Touch and Go Sextet, Live at the Novara Jazz Festival” is funded by SFFCM’s Musical Grant Program
Recorded live by Patrick Spina with the Spinal Recordin' Machine – on May 31st 2012, Novara Italy
Mixed and Mastered by Myles Boisen at Guerrilla Recording/ Headless Buddah Mastering Lab June 2013
Photos by Massimiliano Catanzaro
Layout by Jeff Kao/ Penny Warner
(All compositions by Vijay Anderson, (c) ZINCPENNYMUSIC (ASCAP))
Corrado Beldi, Riccardo Cigolotti, Beniamino Nespor, Chiara Gozzi, Massimiliano Catanzaro,Novara Jazz Festival Staff 2012, Kay Marie Jacobson, Roscoe Mitchell, RovaArts, Brent Miller, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, Everyone who contributed to our Indiegogo Campaign, Jeff Kao, Linda Ford, Myles Boisen, Patrick Spina, Avram Fefer, Vinny Golia, Marco Eneidi, Kasey Knudsen, Henry Hung, Jacob Zimmerman, Cory Wright, and of course all our friends and family.