Miracle Mile (2016) for Saxophone and Piano
Performed by Misato Hanawa, saxophone; Arisa Sakai, piano
Tokyo City Opera, December 9th 2016
Miracle Mile was written under the commission of Japanese saxophonist Misato Hanawa. I had worked with her on a project previously, and had a good understanding of her techniques and abilities on the instrument. I tried to incorporate her lyrical yet well-articulated sound quality within the piece. The piano part supports the saxophone line through active and rhythmic passages. The piece was completed during the fall of 2016 in Los Angeles. I had just moved to California and I was inspired by the great weather and vibrant atmosphere of my neighborhood, Miracle Mile. I dedicate the work to Misato Hanawa who has been an amazing supporter and inspiration for this project.