Saxophone-guitar duo to perform as guest artists at AU Sunday

Saxophonist Joseph Murphy (left) and guitarist Matthew Slotkin (right)
Saxophonist Joseph Murphy (left) and guitarist Matthew Slotkin (right)

AUBURN – Saxophonist Joseph Murphy and guitarist Matthew Slotkin, both on faculty at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, will perform in a guest artist faculty recital Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. in Auburn University’s Goodwin Music Building Recital Hall. The recital is sponsored by the AU Department of Music.

Duo Montagnard is a saxophone-guitar duo whose performances include both classical music and the music of jazz- and folk-influenced American composers such as Chick Corea, Robert Beaser and Terry Riley. At AU, the duo will perform the works of Jacques Ibert, Charles Stolte, George Daravelis, Astor Piazzolla, Shane Endsley, Riley and Beaser.

Since 2002, Duo Montagnard has performed more than 80 concerts both throughout U.S. and in Canada, Slovenia and Greece, and will perform in the United Kingdom later this year.

Joseph Murphy is saxophone professor at Mansfield University, and has served as director of bands and chair of the music department. He received a bachelor of music education degree from Bowling Green State University, and his master’s and doctoratal degrees from Northwestern University. In 1985 he received a Fulbright Award for a year of study in Bordeaux, France, where he received a Premier Prix. He has given a solo recital at Lincoln Center, and has performed in Europe, Taiwan and Japan. He has been recorded on the Opus One label and on the French label, Erol.

Matthew Slotkin received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Eastman School of Music. He is the director of guitar studies at Mansfield University and has taught guitar and chamber music at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. and in the Eastman School of Music’s community education division. Slotkin has appeared at colleges and universities throughout the United States and at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institution and the DuMaurier Jazz Festival in Toronto, Ontario. His first CD, “Twentieth Century Music for Guitar,” was released by Centaur Records in 2003.

Contact: Richard Good, (334) 844-3178 (goodric@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)