Susan Fancher "Fanch"

Affiliation: Duke University - Saxophone Lecturer
New England Music Camp - saxophone instructor
Red Clay Saxophone Quartet
Fancher Zandmane Duo (saxophone and piano)

Artist's Biography
Susan Fancher is known for her deep and poetic musical interpretations. Critics have called her one of the reigning wonders of the saxophone and praise her sweet expressive tone. A much sought after performer of new music, she has inspired and premiered dozens of new works for saxophone. Most recently, she has championed a new repertoire of concertos for soprano saxophone. Her May 2013 CD release Of Erthe and Air: Susan Fancher and friends play music of Hilary Tann (Arizona University Records CD 5014) features a live performance of Tanns soprano saxophone concerto with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. The 2013-2014 season includes the premiere of a new soprano saxophone concerto based on Celtic themes by David Kirkland Garner.
Her recent concert seasons have championed these new concertos, with the premiere of Mark Engebretsons Concerto for soprano saxophone and orchestra in Sala So Paulo under the baton of Ligia Amadio, and performances of Michael Torke\'s Concerto for soprano saxophone in its new version with wind ensemble. Additional concerto appearances include performances of the wind ensemble version by Frederick Hemke of Mark Engebretson\'s Duo Concertante together with saxophonist James Romain and the Drake University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Robert Meunier.
Susan Fanchers career has featured hundreds of concerts internationally as a soloist and as the member of chamber music ensembles, including the Red Clay, Amherst, Vienna and Rollin Phones saxophone quartets. She has appeared in many of the worlds leading concert venues, performing in Carnegie Halls Weill Recital Hall, the Amphitheater at the Chautauqua Institution, Londons Queen Elizabeth Hall, Viennas Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Filharmonia Hall in Warsaw, Orchestra Hall in Malm, Sweden, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and at ISCM festivals in Albania and Bulgaria, the Gaida Festival in Lithuania, June in Buffalo, California State University at Sacramentos Festival of New American Music, the University of Richmonds Third Practice Festival, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Society of Composers, Inc. concerts, the New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, SEAMUS Festival, Southern Exposure new music series at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, Hrgnge and Wien Modern Festivals in Vienna, and on CBS Sunday Morning. Tours have taken her around the world to Albania, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and throughout the US.
Susan Fanchers discography lists over twenty CDs on Arizona University Records, Philips, New World, Lotus Records Salzburg, Parma, Extraplatte and Innova Records. Susan Fancher is a regularly featured columnist for the Saxophone Journal. She is a clinician for the Selmer and Vandoren companies, and is on the faculty of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and the New England Summer Music Camp in Sidney, Maine.

Artist's Influences
The gorgeous sound and lyricism of Anne-Sophie Mutter, not to mention her tremendous chops. Ella Fitzgerald and all those great old jazz standards. Charlie Parker, Phil Woods, Michael Brecker and Joe Henderson. My teachers Jean-Marie Londeix and Fred Hemke. Colleagues like Claude Delangle and Kenneth Tse. So many imaginative composers whose music I love to play like Steve Reich, Mark Engebretson, Hilary Tann, John Anthony Lennon, just to name a very few of many!

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Of Erthe and Air: Susan Fancher and friends play music of Hilary Tann, with Due East, Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, Clara O\'Brien and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Allan McMurray (Arizona University Records (CD 5014)

In Two Worlds (Innova 736) Susan Fancher performing music for saxophone and electronics by Morton Subotnick, Reginald Bain, Mark Engebretson, Edmund Campion, James Paul Sain, Judith Shatin and John Anthony Lennon.

Ponder Nothing (Innova 564) Susan Fancher performing music by Steve Reich, Giacinto Scelsi, Mark Engebretson, Wolfram Wagner, Ben Johnston, Alexander Wagendristel, with Mark Engebretson, saxophone, and Yoko Yamada, piano.

Louder Than Words (Red Clay Records CD 001) music for two saxophones, piano and vibraphone by Don Freund, Mark Engebretson, Reginald Bain and Katherine Ann Murdock, with Steve Stusek, saxophone, Inara Zandmane, piano and Nathan Daughtrey, vibraphone.

Forever Escher (New World Records 80597-2) music by Paul Chihara, \"Forever Escher\" performed by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet and the Arcata String Quartet.

Vienna Saxophone Quartet (Lotus Records Salzburg LR 9722CD) music by Steve Reich, Gavin Bryars, Lukas Ligeti and Robert Carl performed by the Vienna Saxophone Quartet.

Suite Francaise (Philips 512 340-2) music by Francis Poulenc, Alfred Desenclos, Emil Hlobil, Guy Lacour and J. S. Bach performed by the Rollin\' Phones Saxophone Quartet

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