Tuesday, August 16th (816Day), 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Along the KC Streetcar Route + City Market.
Saxophonist and educator Kyle Jones will be performing a selection of works from composers whose principal musical ethic is sustainability and social justice. Anthony R. Green’s composition for alto saxophone and fixed media A Single Voice: Solitary, Unified, expresses a restorative narrative where under-represented communities are given the honor they deserve for their historical contributions to humanity. Jones performs this piece with the intention that “for us to move on as a city, region, country, and species, we must readily engage and support the full range of human experience.” Sustainability, in this way, is about supporting and sustaining that level of support for all communities. Jones will also be performing Alexandra Gardner’s composition for baritone saxophone and electronics, Cypress. The Cypress tree is a symbol of immortality, but is also associated with mourning and death, and Gardner connects these themes into a soundscape of shifting audio textures. Jones identifies this composition with another important aspect of sustainability: environmental sustainability. The piece, and Jones’ performance, evokes a “reevaluation with our natural environment,” one that is more concentrated on sustaining.
Kyle Jones studied saxophone performance at the Peabody Institute and The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently working on a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Jones has worked as a saxophone teacher for many years, but currently works as the Production Designer at the Kansas City Baroque Consortium.