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About Steve

Rooted in jazz and classical traditions, Steve Duke has established himself as a leading artist in contemporary music and multi-genre performance.  He is the only American to have commissioned and premiered two works that received awards at the prestigious Institut international de musique électroacoustique de Bourges.

Steve’s numerous solo recordings include albums Monk by 2 (Sony/Columbia) and Saint Ambrose (Capstone). Other solo recordings can be heard on CDCM, Centaur, Equilibrium, EMF, GMEB/UNESCO/CIME, and EAM.

Steve Duke innovated multi-genre pedagogy on the saxophone. His article “An Integrated Approach to Playing Saxophone” was the first to explain the technical differences between classical and jazz styles. He developed the first curriculum in music to teach the Feldenkrais® Method as away to reduce performance stress.

Steve Duke performs and teaches saxophone and the Feldenkrais Method in the Santa Fe area.  He is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus from Northern Illinois University.

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Selected Commissioned and Premiered Solo Works

Change Course, for Tenor Saxophone and Interactive Computer, collaboration the Kurt Stallmann BluesAx, for saxophonist and computer music, by Larry Austin. Awarded the Magistère (Magisterium) in the 1996 23rd Concours Internationale de Bourges Veiled Resonance, for Soprano saxophone and live interactive electroacoustics, by Elainie Lillios Awarded First Prize in the 2009 36e Concours Internationale de …

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Selected Performances

Festivals, Conferences and Music Series   International Computer Music Conference Synthèses Festival, Bourgés, France International Association for Jazz Education Conference Spoleto Festival Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States National Conference Society of Composers Inc. National Conference World Saxophone Congress Electronic Music Midwest Festival Contemporary Music Festival Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Series Roulette, …

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Solo Recording Biliography

Solo Albums   Composer Thelonious Monk (with Joe Pinzaronne) PinDu, 001   Monk By 2 (with Joe Pinzaronne) Columbia, CK 66975   Saint Ambrose, one act opera for saxophonist, actor, computer music and projections, by Rodney Waschka II Capstone, CPS-8708   Recorded Solo Works   BluesAx, by Larry Austin The Composer in the Computer Age–VIII: …

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