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Discography

Syrinx

by Claude Debussy; arranged for solo soprano saxophone; released on “When Wind Comes To Sparse Bamboo”, Capstone Records (2003)

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Interlude 2 (Reflection)

solo alto saxophone; composed 2005, released on “From a Far-off World”; Capstone Records (2007)

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Interlude 3 (Ascension)

alto saxophone and electronics; composed (2007), studio recording (2008)

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Corpus Apparatus

acousmatic; recorded using flute, alto flute, tenor saxophone, Tajik nai flute; composed and recorded (2010)

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Elemental Fire

flute, with Galina Parfenova, voice; released on “Sfumato”; DSM, (2010)

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Solace (for the departing)

alto flute, with Galina Parfenova, voice; released on “Sfumato”; DSM, (2010)

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Spoken Origins

alto saxophone and electronics; composed (2008), released as single, DSM, (2010)

Entirely based on Ancient philosophy, the piece presents different phases in humanity’s evolution, which are represented by themes both Ancient and Modern, as well as events that evoke specific images, such as Russian Orthodox church bells.

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Sfumato

by Demetrius Spaneas and Galina Parfenova, released on DSM (2010)

SFUMATO

I am a part of all that I have met.–Alfred, Lord Tennyson

What happens when two artists from different cultures, different backgrounds, and different artistic worlds come together? What happens when you bring together a Russian Medieval-style vocalist and a Greek-American contemporary experimentalist? When these two artists share a commitment to improvisation and interest in overtone harmonies, the results transcend time and culture.

This is the resonance of Sfumato, a collection of meditative improvisations that unite two very different artists. In painting, sfumato is a blending technique used to create imperceptible transitions between colors and tones. In our Sfumato, we have blended two varied palettes of sound color to create music that defies categorization.

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William Thomas McKinley: R.A.P., Boston Modern Orchestra Project

‘jazz’ tenor saxophone in title work, Richard Stoltzman, clarinet soloist; BMOP/Sound

STUDIO RECORDINGS 2008-2009

Spoken Origins

(2008) for saxophone and electronics (a piece based on Ancient thought and ritual)

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In Celebration of Sunrise

(2007) multimedia work for flute/saxophone, electronics, and film (film by Nikolay Leonuv)

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Interlude 3 Ascension

(2007) for saxophone and electronic drone (third of three Interludes)

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Just Another Night on Plastic

(2008) for saxophone and electronics (my Ode to Insomnia)

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Paleo Rock

(2008) for alto flute and electronics (if Pythagoras wrote the Blues…)

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The Carefree Princess

(2008) animation film score for voice/saxophone and electronic orchestra (animation by Andrey Efi)

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The Ballad of Olga D.

(2009) electronics

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RELEASED 2007

Take Two Live

tenor and baritone saxes, horn arrangements, on Beginnings

Fiat Lux, Shaun Naidoo

alto sax solo with electronics in Naidoo’s Blood Memory; Capstone Records

RELEASED 2006

From a Far-off World

Demetrius Spaneas released on Capstone Records
From a Far-off World
The oppressive closeness of the evening was broken by a sudden gust of wind, and the still surface of the Suista rippled and curled like the hair of a nymph, and from the woods wrapt in the evening gloom there came forth a simultaneous murmur, as though they were awakening from a black dream. Call it reality or dream, the momentary glimpse of that invisible mirage reflected from a far-off world, 250 years old, vanished in a flash. The mystic forms that brushed past me with their quick unbodied steps, and loud, voiceless laughter, and threw themselves into the river, did not go back wringing their dripping robes as they went. Like fragrance wafted away by the wind they were dispersed by a single breath of the spring.

From The Hungry Stones, Poem by Rabindranath Tagore

Color Me In

Lyz Coolidge, (flute and alto flute)

Frog’s Eye, Evan Ziporyn

tenor sax in Drill with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Cantaloupe Music

RELEASED 2004

All in Your Mind

The Music of John Mallia and Julia Werntz-Alto Saxophone in John Mallia’s Plexus with the Auros Group for New Music; Capstone Records

Crimean Dance Party

The Black Sea Salsa Band- Tenor and Baritone Saxes

RELEASED 2003

When Wind Comes to Sparse Bamboo

Demetrius Spaneas, Capstone Records
When Wind Comes to Sparse Bamboo
When the wind comes to sparse bamboo, the bamboo doesn’t keep the sound after the wind has passed. When geese cross a cold pond, the pond doesn’t retain their reflection after the geese have gone. Similarly, the minds of enlightened people become manifest when events occur and then become empty when the events are over.

A Wayfayer Back to Beginnings, Poem

Hong Yingming (Huanchu Daoren)

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