Imperfect Means, for solo alto saxophone, 2018

Recording coming soon!

This can be said in other words, other sounds
but aren't they all imperfect means, distilling

(remember it's the coming together)

Hear it all(,) understood(,)
as peculiar perfections


Imperfect Means is a study in the small and particular, and the much that lies in what seemed ordinary. The beauty to be found within shadings of "imperfection" requires sensitive focus towards the small embouchure manipulations of delicate multiphonic sounds, and the subtle timbral nuances discovered in repeated, slow-moving intervallic-melodic material. It is slow, quiet, close music.

Written for Brandon Quarles and premiered 10 March 2018 at the North American Saxophone
Alliance Conference at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH.