Michael Weiss and Elizabeth Soflin
Michael Weiss and Elizabeth Soflin

What might sound like an unlikely combination of saxophone plus percussion is in fact the very mix that will be heard at the Arizona Senior Academy when saxophonist Michael Weiss teams up with percussionist Elizabeth Soflin for a duo recital on Tuesday (June 3) at 11:30 a.m.

Weiss and Soflin began exploring the saxophone-percussion repertoire after first playing together in the music department at the University of Arizona in 2012, and have delighted in vibrant music that ranges in style from lyricism and introspection to ferocity and aggression.

For the Academy concert on Tuesday, they will be featuring some of the music they have performed together for the past year and some new projects for this summer.  Weiss will play any of three different saxophones: soprano, alto and tenor, while Soflin’s percussion instruments will include marimba and vibraphone, as well as a variety of drums.  Their program will include music by James Fusik, Brian Hulse, Eckhard Kopetzki and Andy Scott.

Weiss has been playing saxophone for nearly 15 years and has experience on the soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones in the jazz, classical, salsa and rock idioms.  He has studied with Greg Fishman, Ben Schachter and Brice Winston, and has performed with jazz greats Michael Davis, Rufus Reid and Bobby Shew.  He currently studies with Kelland Thomas at UA as a saxophone performance major.

Soflin holds music degrees from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Central Michigan University, and is currently working toward her doctorate in percussion performance and pedagogy at UA, studying with Norman Weinberg.  She has performed in various venues around the U.S., Canada, China and Europe.

Submitted by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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Sax-Percussion Pairing Seems Odd, Sounds Good: June 2014
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