Bach-centric, about to be released by saxophonist Dave Camwell on the Teal Creek Music label, is a collection of beloved works by Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged for saxophone. Five cuts on this CD feature Camwell on soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones in multiple overdubbed tracks. Other selections include performances by Camwell with saxophonists Stephen Page, James Romain, James Bunte, and Nathan Nabb. While most of these unique arrangements have been created by Camwell, other distinguished arrangers Ron Caravan, Charlie Vetter, and Ken Abeling are also featured.
In addition to Bach-centric, Camwell has released a previous classical CD, Aeterna (2008) on the Teal Creek label to critical acclaim. Aeterna includes works by John Anthony Lennon, Niccolò Paganini, J.S. Bach, Ron Albrecht, Steven Galante, Nate Brown and Robert Schumann. Both discs were funded by grants from the Iowa Arts Council.
Dr. Dave Camwell is a distinguished, versatile and dynamic performer. He is a Yamaha and Rico Performing Artist and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Simpson College, Indianola, IA. Camwell has received degrees from the University of Calgary (B.Mus, dual degree in Jazz Studies and Education, in collaboration with Jacksonville State University), the University of Northern Colorado (M.Mus, dual degree in Performance and Education), and the University of Oregon (D.M.A in Performance with a secondary emphasis in Jazz Studies).
Camwell has over twenty publications available through Dorn Publications and the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press. His transcriptions have been performed across Canada, the United States, Great Britain and China. A notable performance of one of his transcriptions (Schumann’s Fantasiestücke) was given by James Bunte and Dr. David Riley in Carnegie Hall in 2006. He also writes a regular column for Saxophone Journal and has recorded two CD Master Classes for the publication – John Anthony Lennon’s Aeterna (March/April 2007) and Mozart’s Dissonance Quartet (January/February 2010). The Mozart Dissonance project garnered Camwell Simpson College’s Distinguished Faculty Research Award in May, 2010.
This fall, Camwell will tour with the Oasis Quartet (www.oasisquartet.com). They will be performing at the Universities of North Texas and Stephen. F. Austin, as well as well-known Milby High School in Houston, Oct 21-24. Camwell will be performing Bach repertoire featured on the Bach-centric CD at recitals throughout the Midwest starting in January, 2011 and at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 Conference in March 2011.