Multi-instrumental talent Kevin Baldwin is an emerging artist creating a name for himself by tackling some of the most experimental and innovative music in New York City. With over 30 premieres by composers such as François Rose, Eneko Vadillo-Perez, and his own works, and with future pieces in the works by composers Anne Goldberg and Yoshi Onishi; Kevin has sought to push the saxophone and music to its limits. Repertoire from other composers such as Grisey, Berio, Jacob Ter Veldhuis, and many others are often played in various concerts and recital as well.
Recently, Kevin has been involved in many projects spanning multiple genres of music and art, playing a variety of instruments. Working with Anne Goldberg’s dance company ‘The Synthesis Aesthetics Project’, Kevin is playing didgeridoo for an improvised dance and music collaboration, with Carlos Cordeiro running live electronic processing of video and sound. Kevin will also be going on tour in March with Qubit, a new music group dedicated to experimenting with acoustic instruments and live processing of sound. Also in the works is a new music group Kevin is starting up named Reform@, you can find updates about the groups progress and activities by following on twitter by clicking here.
As a performer, Kevin has traveled to and performed as a soloist and in ensembles all over the world, such as Beijing and Shanghai, China; Paris, France; and Maccagno, Italy. The New York Times reviewed one of Kevin’s concerts, saying the performance was, “…precise and energetic…” Since then, Kevin has performed with the Tactus new music ensemble at Symphony Space, and had his debut solo concert performing his show “Eclectic Electric”, a solo show for Saxophone and Electronics at the Random Access Music ‘New Music in Queens’ festival. Also an avid collector of world instruments, he has been learning didgeridoo on his own, and has previously studied Shakuhachi with Phil Gelb, and Hichiriki with the Columbia Gagaku Ensemble.
In the past year as a composer, Kevin has been working hard, receiving a few commissions and several other premieres. Columbia University commissioned a piece for 3 traditional Gagaku instruments, Transfigured Pulse, which was premiered in March of 2011. Soon after, the piece Solitary Confinement for Tenor Saxophone and Drum Set was written for the SoundSCAPE new music festival in Maccagno, Italy. Previously, Kevin received an honorable mention in the 2009 National Association of Composers of the USA Young Composers Competition for his piece Meditation for solo Bassoon.
Kevin has earned degrees with a B.M. in Music Education and Music Composition at the University of the Pacific, where he studied primarily with Dr. François Rose and Dr. Robert Coburn in composition, and David Henderson for saxophone. In May 2012, Kevin is expected to receive his M.M in Contemporary Performance, where he has been studying with Dr. Paul Cohen for saxophone, and Dr. Reiko Fueting in composition.