NAU Musical Duo Records CD of Woodwind Chamber Music
The unconventional musical duo Velocity,
featuring Jonathan Bergeron, NAU Associate Professor of Saxophone, and John Masserini,
NAU Associate Professor of Clarinet, has just finished recording Flux, a CD of chamber music.
Flux features six full works, including a piece by
Bruce Reiprich, NAU Professor of Music Theory/Composition, written expressly
for Velocity. Some of the works are strict duos; others incorporate piano or interactive
electronic effects. “We’re finding pieces that speak to a new audience,” said
Flux is scheduled to be released by the Centaur recording
label in November 2013. The recording costs were funded by NAU’s Scholarship
and Creative Activity Grants from the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Saxophone and clarinet duos are uncommon in
the chamber music world, but Masserini and Bergeron are interested in creating
a new niche and canon of work. “We’re in the same family, and the same
sub-family. We’re woodwinds, more specifically, single-reed instruments.
There’s something about the timbre—we can alter the sound to be as different or
the same as we want,” said Masserini.
Masserini and Bergeron enjoy the spontaneous nature of their musical
communication. Bergeron says that every time they play, it’s different. “When you find collaborative relationships
like that, you want to hold on to them because they’re rare,” said Masserini.
Velocity has been performing
across the country for the past two years, and the duo was invited to perform at the
2012 International Clarinet Association Conference last summer. In February
2014, Masserini and Bergeron are going on a concert tour of Louisiana and Mississippi to promote
their new CD. “If the audience is thinking about something because of what we play, then we’ve done our job,” said