Described as “a superb ensemble with impeccable musical taste” (The Saxophone Journal) the Zzyzx Quartet was formed in 2007. As an ensemble, they have presented performances throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, as well as numerous masterclasses and workshops across the continental United States. Zzyzx is committed to the advancement of saxophone quartet repertoire and has commissioned and premiered new works by composers such as John Mackey, David Maslanka, David Rakowski, Ian Stewart, John Leszczynski, Erik Norman, Elliott Bark, Matthew Peterson, Sarah Gibson, Laura Kramer, and Jonathan Sokol. In 2012, Zzyzx commissioned a new saxophone quartet by renowned American composer, John Mackey, which is featured on their newest critically acclaimed CD, “Intersections”, released in June 2013.
Zzyzx Quartet performed a featured concerto on the opening Gala Concert of the NASA Biennial Conference in Tempe, Arizona and was featured on a concert of up-and-coming young saxophonists from around the world at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland. Most recently, they gave their New York City debut concert at Symphony Space in conjunction with the release of their newest CD. Additionally, Zzyzx was selected to serve on the panel for the Barlow Endowment Prize in 2014 as one of three internationally recognized quartets. They will be premiering the winning composer’s new composition in 2016.
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