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A Deep-Dive Discussion with Grammy-Nominated Saxophonist and Composer, Remy Le Boeuf.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Remy's music, believe me when I tell you that Remy is one of the most original and well-rounded saxophonists on the scene today.
Besides being an incredible altoist and collaborator with the likes of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, Dayna Stephens, Donny McCaslin, and many others, as a solo artist, he composes and arranges stunningly-beautiful music which recently garnered Grammy nominations for both Best Instrumental Composition and a Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella for composing and arranging work on his album, Assembly of Shadows.
Selected Highlights from the Interview
0:00 - Brief background on Remy
2:20 - Two brief performance clips featuring Remy's large group compositions along with his soloing
3:38 - Remy discusses how he came to conceptualize music in a way that very few saxophonists are able to do
5:57 - How Remy divided his time between composing and practicing
8:20 - Remy's advice for creating a compelling saxophone solo/acapella performance
10:38 - The connection between playing saxophone unaccompanied and playing in a group
12:46 - How to break down an extremely challenging piece of music to make it more manageable to successfully learn
15:48 - Striking a balance between perfecting and just getting through a difficult piece
17:15 - How Remy developed his ability to move rapidly through the horn's altissimo register
20:28 - Remy on stylistic versatility (along with me messing up a detail of his bio)
Remy was recently commissioned to write a series of etudes titled, Vignettes, which I've been lucky enough to be able to publish on InfiniteMusician.com as a special "Video Masterclass Edition".
I'm super-proud of the way this book was transformed from a collection of incredible etudes into what could be an entire practice routine covering technique, sound production, altissimo, endurance, odd time signatures, and much more.