Gregory’s first album with PARMA, waves and time, light, and shadows will be released in spring 2018.
Combining athletic virtuosity and lyrical expressionism, Gregory Wanamaker’s music has been called “pure gold, shot through with tenderness and grace” (San Francisco Chronicle), “achingly beautiful” (Palm Beach Daily News), “compelling” (Audiophile Audition), “outstanding” (American Record Guide), and “a technical tour de force” (Fanfare).
Gregory’s earliest musical training began at age 6 in professional summer stock theater companies and continued through both schooled and self-guided explorations through the American folk music of the 1960s, bebop and free jazz, and Western classical music of the late 20th century.
Fluent in all musical media, Wanamaker’s best-known works are his chamber works that exploit unique timbral characteristics and technical extensions of wind instruments. To date, his virtuosic Duo Sonata for clarinet and saxophone has received over 300 performances worldwide and is featured on five commercial recordings. His Sonata deus sax machina was one of the required pieces for finalists of the 2014 Adolphe Sax International Competition in Dinant, Belgium.
Wanamaker’s collaboration with Carrie Mae Weems, A Story Within a Story, was commissioned by the Society for New Music with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. He also is the recipient of a 2012 Individual Artist Commission from The New York State Council on the Arts and over 20 consecutive PLUS awards from ASCAP in addition to awards from other public and private organizations.
He regularly collaborates with British director and writer, Garth Bardsley, with whom he has composed several substantial works. Their new work Laude! for choir and orchestra, was premiered in December 2016 at the Crane School of Music for broadcast on PBS affiliate stations around the United States.
Wanamaker currently serves as Professor of Composition at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he has taught since 1997. He publishes his own music, which is available exclusively through www.gregorywanamaker.com.
Welcome to the family, Gregory!