Hulting-Cohen and Shaneyfelt to present guest recital Feb. 18 at Luther

Challenging the boundaries of classical music, saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and Luther College Assistant Professor of Music Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano, will present a selection from "Timbre|ine," a project by Hulting-Cohen.

Featuring three world premieres, the recital begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, in Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, on the Luther campus. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Showcasing works from Hulting-Cohen's latest solo project, Timbre|ine, the duo will perform six new works by composers whose aesthetics are on the margins of classical music. The concert begins with "Unremembered Wings" for soprano saxophone and piano by Andrea Clearfield, "Flying Fancy" for solo soprano saxophone by Stephen Rush and "Spira B" for alto sax and live electronics by Salvatore Macchia.

Following a break, the concert resumes with "Ruby" by Ingrid Arauco, "Rise" for alto saxophone and piano by Annika Socolofsky, "Uirapuru" for soprano saxophone and live electronics by Felipe Salles and two movements from "Quicksilver" for alto saxophone and piano by Stacy Garrop.

A soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, Hulting-Cohen has performed with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, the Adrian Symphony Orchestra in Michigan and the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra in California. His solo recital journey includes performances in Strasbourg, France, the Mississippi University for Women and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has performed chamber music with David Shifrin at Chamber Music Northwest and under John Adams and David Robertson at Carnegie Hall.

With the Admiral Launch Duo, Hulting-Cohen commissioned and premiered nationwide 10 works for harp and saxophone, which are scheduled for release on the duo's debut album in 2018. In addition, Hulting-Cohen is a co-founder of The Moanin' Frogs saxophone sextet, which released its debut album in 2017.

Hulting-Cohen earned a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the University of Michigan. He is currently an assistant professor of saxophone at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Shaneyfelt has been a visiting assistant professor of music in collaborative piano at Luther since 2016. He recently completed his first summer as a faculty member of the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy. In addition, he directs at Belvoir Terrace, a performing arts summer camp in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. The first year that the National Association of Teachers of Singing included collaborative pianists, he participated in the NATS intern program in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Through the University of Michigan's Gershwin Initiative, Shaneyfelt has performed in Los Angeles, New York City and at the Kennedy Center.

Shaneyfelt received a Bachelor of Arts in music and computer science from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Music from the University of Massachusetts, with a dual focus in solo and collaborative piano. He completed his doctorate in collaborative piano at the University of Michigan.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen
Nicholas Shaneyfelt