Duo Montagnard
Joseph Murphy, saxophone
Matthew Slotkin, guitar
Duo Montagnard was formed in 2002 and has performed over 300 concerts in 49 states, eight Canadian provinces, and twenty countries on six continents. Festival performances include the Chautauqua Institution, Scandinavian Saxophone Festival, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, North-West University New Music Week (South Africa), UNC-Wilmington New Music for Guitar and Saxophone Festival, Radford University International Guitar Festival, and the Alexandria Guitar Festival. The duo has commissioned, premiered and recorded more than twenty works for guitar and saxophone by composers including James Crowley, Jonathan Elliott, Laura Kramer, John Anthony Lennon, John Orfe and Russell Peterson.

Joseph Murphy, saxophone
has been the saxophone professor at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania since 1987, where he has also served as Department Chair and Director of Bands. He received the Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University (OH), and the Master of Music and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees from Northwestern University.  Dr. Murphy was the music director of Tiffin (OH) Calvert High School from 1983-85.  In 1985-86 he received a Fulbright Award for a year of study in Bordeaux, France, where he received a Premier Prix.  In June 1996, Dr. Murphy performed a solo recital at Lincoln Center.  He has performed in Europe, Taiwan and Japan.  He is a clinician for the Selmer Corporation and has been recorded on the Erol (France), Opus One, and Mark Record labels.  Dr. Murphy's memberships include Music Educators National Conference, Music Teachers National Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, National Association of College Wind & Percussion Instructors, College Band Directors National Association, Phi Mu Alpha and Kappa Kappa Psi.  Murphy has been involved in commissioning and premiering more than twenty new works for the saxophone, including pieces by Libby Larsen, Michael Colgrass, John Harbison, Bernard Rands, and Gunther Schuller.
is an acclaimed performer, teacher, and scholar, and has appeared in leading venues on six continents. A commitment to contemporary music has resulted in premieres of numerous works by composers including Linda Buckley, John Anthony Lennon, Scott Lindroth, John Orfe, and many others. Recent performances include tours of South Africa, Poland, Germany, Argentina, Uruguay, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Portugal, and Greece, as well as concerts at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Walled City Music Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institution, the Guitar Foundation of America, and the World Saxophone Congresses in Scotland, Thailand and Slovenia. He has performed on numerous classical guitar society concert series including New Zealand (GANZ), Montreal, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Iowa, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the Great Lakes. He has given performances with many prominent chamber ensembles including Cantata Profana, Metropolis Ensemble, Mallarmé Chamber Players, Duo Montagnard and Dez Cordas. Recordings on the Summit, Centaur, and Liscio labels have been praised as “wonderful…a very enjoyable disc” (Soundboard), and “a magnificent achievement…the concept of this program is brilliant” (American Record Guide). Soundboard magazine called him an “exceptional” player, and a recent concert review from the Classical Voice of North Carolina praised his “fine sensitivity and facile technique.” Slotkin is an Associate Professor of Music at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA, where he has directed the guitar program since 2004. He has given masterclasses at numerous institutions and festivals including the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, Victorian College of the Arts (Australia), ESMAE (Portugal), National University of La Plata (Argentina), the Alexandria Guitar Festival, and many others.  He received the Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music, and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied guitar with Nicholas Goluses.
Repertoire

Samuel Adler:  Into the Radiant Boundaries of Light
Robert Beaser:  Mountain Songs
Greg Caffrey: Filigree
Greg Caffrey:  Pluck, Blow
Caroline Charriere:  Deux Mouvements
David Claman:  Aasai Neelaavey
Kevin Cope:  Origin Unknown: A Pole Was Journeying
Chick Corea:  Children’s Songs
David Crowell: meander
James Crowley: Tableaux Vivants
George Daravelis:  Nicht akzeptiert
George Daravelis:  Sonatina
Michael Djupstrom:  Sejdefu majka budase
Jonathan Elliott:  Friss and Szellem
Shane Endsley:  Storyteller’s Anthem
Mark Engebretson:  Radiance
Perry Goldstein:  Everyday Pleasures
Piotr Grella-Mozejko:  Silver Wound
David Heuser: What Passes For Discourse
Jacques Ibert:  Entr’acte
C.R. Kasprzyk:  La persistencia de la
David Kechley: Bounce
David Kechley:  Driveline
David Kechley:  In the Dragon’s Garden
Laura M. Kramer:  On the Edge
Girard Kratz: The Witch’s Kiss
Annette Kruisbrink: Tumble Dry
John Anthony Lennon:  Messengers

Ilya Levinson:  Solstice Canyon
Martin Lodge: Tauhara
L.A. Logrande: L’Eternité
L.A. Logrande:  Indelible Imprint
Patrick Long: Cobalt Blue
Clare Loveday: 48km north-west of Kokstad

Ingram Marshall: The Mentioning of Love
R.J. Meyer: A Witch’s Tale
Beata Moon: Conversations and Coda
Loretta Notareschi:  Two About Two
John Orfe:  Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control
Frank J. Oteri: Dually
Russell Peterson:  Sonata For Alto Saxophone and Guitar
Astor Piazzolla:  Histoire du Tango
Astor Piazzolla:  Libertango
Maurice Ravel:  Piece en forme de Habanera
Terry Riley:  Cantos Desiertos
Thomas Schuttenhelm:  Interspheres
Baljinder Sekhon: Balancing Act
Marilyn Shrude:  Face of the Moon

Roberto Sierra:  Chronicles of Discovery
Charles Stolte:  Les Trois Soeurs
Toru Takemitsu:  Toward the Sea
Hannes Taljaard: Riturnelli, Libro Primo: Gli Montanardi
Peter Terry:  Sakka Blue Valentine
Ralph Towner:  Juggler’s Etude
Heitor Villa-Lobos:  Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Andrew Walters:  Before Clocks Ceased Their Chiming
Gregory Wannamaker: Taking Turns
Dana Wilson: Breathing the Water

Premieres:

Annette Kruisbrink: Tumble Dry - March 16, 2018 - Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Aachen, Germany
Baljinder Sekhon: Balancing Act - February 24, 2018 - University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Patrick Long: Cobalt Blue - January 13, 2018 - Navy Band Symposium, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Gregory Wannamaker: Taking Turns - December 3, 2017 - University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA
Mark Engebretson: Radiance - September 24, 2017 – Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Frank J. Oteri: Dually - April 26, 2017 – Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY
Greg Caffrey: Filigree - March 22, 2017 – Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA
David Heuser: What Passes For Discourse - November 12, 2016 – Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
L.A. Logrande: L’Eternité - September 18, 2016 – Simply Grand Concert Series, WVIA Studios, Pittston, PA
Perry Goldstein: Everyday Pleasures - May 16, 2016 – ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY
C.R. Kasprzyk: La persistencia de la May 16, 2016 – ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY
Ingram Marshall: The Mentioning of Love [new version for saxophone and guitar] - April 15, 2016 – Symphony Space, New York, NY
Beata Moon: Conversations and Coda - April 15, 2016 – Symphony Space, New York, NY
David Crowell: meander - January 16, 2016 – U.S. Navy Band Symposium, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
Girard Kratz: The Witch’s Kiss - October 14, 2015 – Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA
Martin Lodge: Tauhara - (i) lake - October 14, 2015 – Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA
Martin Lodge: Tauhara - (ii) mountain - April 18, 2015 - LaVeck Concert Series, Pulaski, NY
Hannes Taljaard: Riturnelli, Libro Primo: Gli Montanardi - August 5, 2014 - North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa (with André Oosthuizen, flute
R.J. Meyer: A Witch’s Tale - August 5, 2014 - North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Clare Loveday: 48km north-west of Kokstad - July 30, 2014 - University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Peter Terry: Sakka Blue Valentine - March 16, 2014 - Miami University, Oxford, OH
Thomas Schuttenhelm: Interspheres - January 26, 2014 - Great Island Presbyterian Church, Lock Haven, PA
Kevin Cope: Origin Unknown: A Pole Was Journeying - October 28, 2013 - University of Delaware, Newark, DE
John Anthony Lennon: Passing Future Past - May 5, 2013 - Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA (with Charisse Baldoria, piano, Craig Butterfield, double bass, Gifford Howarth, vibraphone and Andrew Rammon, cello)
Laura M. Kramer: On the Edge - July 14, 2012 - World Saxophone Congress, St. Andrews, Scotland
Jonathan Elliott: Szellem - March 1, 2012 - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Ilya Levinson: Solstice Canyon - March 1, 2012 - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Loretta Notareschi: Two About Two - March 1, 2012 - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Russell Peterson: Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Guitar - March 1, 2012 - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
L.A. Logrande: Indelible Imprint - October 13, 2011 - Pennsylvania State University at Hazleton, Hazleton, PA
Jonathan Elliott: Friss (version for saxophone and guitar) - February 19, 2011 - Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
James Crowley: Tableaux Vivants - February 28, 2010 - Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA
Andrew Walters: Before Clocks Ceased Their Chiming - July 11, 2009 - World Saxophone Congress, Bangkok, Thailand
John Anthony Lennon: Messengers - February 26, 2009 - Penn State University, State College, PA
John Orfe: [after Werner Herzog] - February 12, 2009 - Yale University, New Haven, CT
John Orfe:  Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control - November 22, 2007 - Royal Welsh Conservatory of Music, Cardiff, Wales (UK)
George Daravelis:  Nicht Akzeptiert - October 11, 2007 - Emory University, Atlanta, GA
George Daravelis:  Sonatina - March 11, 2007 - Biola University, La Mirada, CA
Charles Stolte:  Les Trois Soeurs - July 7, 2006 - World Saxophone Congress, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Shane Endsley:  Storyteller’s Anthem - April 5, 2004 - Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA

Recordings
Interspheres
Premiere recordings of new music by Kevin Cope, Piotr Grella-Mozejko, Laura Kramer, Thomas Schuttenhelm and Dana Wilson + music by Greg Caffrey, Caroline Charriere and Michael Djupstrom

Available on Amazon, Bandcamp, CD Baby,  iTunes and Spotify

Inventions, Interludes and Interjections
Premiere recordings of new music by Jonathan Elliott, Ilya Levinson, LA Logrande, Loretta Notareschi and Russell Peterson + music by David Kechley and Marilyn Shrude

Available on Amazon, Bandcamp, CD Baby,
Messengers
Premiere recordings of new music by James Crowley, George Daravelis, Shane Endsley, John Anthony Lennon, Charles Stolte and Andrew Walters

Available on Amazon, Bandcamp, CD Baby,
iTunes and Spotify

Duo Montagnard
Mark Records
Music by Beaser, Corea, Ibert, Kechley, Towner, Villa-Lobos

Available for download at Bandcamp

At The Edge of the Body's Night
New Works by American Composers
Liscio Recordings
Music by John Anthony Lennon, William Neil and David Kechley
Includes premiere recording of "Messengers" by Duo Montagnard

Available at CD Baby

Concerts 2018-2019
2018
January 13
Navy Band Symposium
George Mason University Fairfax, VA

February 23-24
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

March 6
Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA

March 16
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Aachen, Germany

March 18
Amstelkirche, Amsterdam, Netherlands

July 12
World Saxophone Congress, Zagreb, Croatia


2019


January 16
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

January 18
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

March 12
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

March 13
Oakland University, Rochester, MI

March 14
Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH

March 15
Otterbein University, Westerville, OH

March 30
Mansfield University New Music Festival, Mansfield, PA

April 9
Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, PA

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