Waiting for Lucille

for alto saxophone and Max/MSP

premiered by Matt James at the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France.


program note:

For some listeners, the name Lucille will bring to mind a connection to American Blues, early Rock ’n’ Roll, an old TV sitcom, or perhaps even an older relative. The once-common name has become increasingly rare. What I like about this title is that it’s difficult to say the name without the beginning of a smile crossing your face. Whatever you find yourself waiting for as you listen to this piece, I hope you have found it by the time the performance ends. Along the way you will hear a lot of samples from my school’s vintage 1927 bass saxophone, including a quasi drum kit made entirely from recordings of the noisy key mechanics.