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Described by distinguished American composer John Corigliano as an "artist beyond his time," concert saxophonist, Don-Paul Kahl has performed throughout the United States, France, and Australia, as well as in Belgium, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Scotland, and Thailand. He has appeared as soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, the University of Florida Wind Symphony, and the Susquehanna University Orchestra.
An ardent supporter and advocate of contemporary and modern music, Don-Paul has been involved in the creation and performance of over 50 new works for saxophone by some of the most talented and award winning young composers of the time. Recent commissioned composers include Gregory Wanamaker, Scott McAllister, Molly Joyce, Peter Wilson, and Simone Movio, Chris Dench, Julien Malaussena, among many others.
Currently, Don-Paul is living and working as a freelance saxophonist based in Belgium and is also studying in a post-graduate performatory research program at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, Belgium. Previously, he earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Music degree from Susquehanna University (Summa Cum Laude). His primary teachers and mentors are Jean-Michel Goury, Jonathan Helton, Geoffrey Deibel, and Gail B. Levinsky, with additional study with Frederick L. Hemke.
Toward an Understanding of Technique, Practice, Utility, Artistic Possibility, and Acoustical Phenomenon
Composers have recently integrated techniques proper to saxophone without mouthpiece attached to the neckpiece within their works. This doctoral project sheds light on the artistic possibilities, performance practice, and notational issues of these techniques.
April 18-19, 2018
Music, and the arts in general, has always been a source of inspiration in times of crisis; it establishes rapport between peoples and cultures and serves as a laboratory for the creation and expression of cultural values.
Dissolving Borders invited proposals that will investigate and problematize how musicians create political spaces that transcend demarcated space and culture, on scales both global and local, macro and micro. We seek work that engages with the complex realities of inter-cultural contact, including issues of migration, communication, integration, acceptance, and symbiosis. As the world experiences radical displacement during an era of unprecedented enforcement of borders, we seek earnest engagements with the vibrant history of music’s entanglement with these issues. Looking to past musics, musicians, and scholarship, we encourage imaginations of music’s current and future role as a cultural and political agent.