Shockingly Modern Saxophone Festival
Randall Hall is a leading interpreter of contemporary music for saxophone. Equally at home in concert halls and alternative venues, his performances of new compositions and improvisations feature his mastery of extended techniques and cutting-edge electronics. Innova Recordings describes his music as "high-octane, supercharged sax" while The Wire says he plays with "utter confidence," "fire and teeth," and "unexpectedly tough beauty."
Internationally active as a performer and clinician, Hall has given concerts throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including concerts at the Karnatic Lab (Amsterdam), Logos Foundation (Belgium), Werstatt für improvisierte Musik (Zürich), Zeitgeist Gallery (Boston), Center for New Music (Iowa City), Electronic Music Midwest (Chicago), Outside the Box Festival (Carbondale), and the Electro Acoustic Juke Joint (Mississippi). An active educator, he has given lectures and master-classes on the aesthetics and techniques of new music at institutions around the world, including Harvard University, Cornell University, the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Bowling Green State University, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, the Luxembourg Conservatory, Concervatorio Superior de Música de las Islas Baleares, and the World Saxophone Congress. Dedicated to the continued development of new music, Randall Hall collaborates closely with composers and has premiered pieces by James R. Carlson, Joann Cho, Stuart Duncan, Kevin Ernste, Figure, Stephen Gorbos, Jing-Jing Luo, Colin J. P. Homiski, Jonathon Kirk, Christian Lauba, Nicolas Scherzinger, Mary Stiles, and Paul Swenson.
Randall Hall is the recipient of numerous honors including a Fulbright Grant, Frank Huntington Beebe Grant, Presser Music Award, and the Premier prix in the Concour Région Ile-de-France. He studied saxophone with Claude Delangle, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Jean-Michel Goury, Kenneth Radnofsky, and Ramon Ricker. Dr. Hall holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (DMA), the New England Conservatory (MM), the Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne-Billancourt, France (Premier prix), and Warner Pacific College (BS). He is Professor of Music at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where he teaches saxophone, improvisation, music history, and liberal studies. Randall Hall is the founder and Artistic Director of the Shockingly Modern Saxophone Festival and is an artist-clinician for Selmer Paris saxophones
Neither Proud nor Ashamed
New music for saxophone and electronics by Berio, Lauba, Ernste, Hall, Kirk and Scherzinger
"Certainly saxophonist Randall Hall knows saxophones -- and probably his audience -- better than any composer coming in from the outside [...] I'm glad I heard it".
- Ken Smith, Gramophone
The passage between
New music for saxophone and electronics by Lauba, Hall, and Kirk
"One of the most significant classical saxophone discs for years."
- Julian Cowley, The Wire
Free improvisations by Pendulum, Randall Hall, saxophones, and Jonathon Kirk, laptop