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Xenakis and the Valedictorian

by Steve Lehman

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Amp sounds from the factory floor in an alternate future where humanity is enslaved by giant ants
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drdousa What a good idea using practice to support creators in need. Steve's alto playing is as admirable and innovative as always. I love the way in which he includes contemporary music among the sources for jazz as pop culture etc. were earlier.

Looking forward to listening this EP in my car, and to imagine the passenger sitting next to me. Favorite track: CR-V.
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Thelema Banana An intimate solo work that provides insight into Lehman's process and prowess as a player, which has firmly positioned him at the vanguard of jazz and improvisational music for this generation.
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rat Incredible! Lehman does amazing stuff with his horn. Would love to hear more of these techniques used in his group recordings
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sdrewry Like a peep into Steve Lehman's creative process, those car fragments are like beautiful tiny objects from a parallel dimension gift store.
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Tilli72 Short but every second is absolutely fantastic!
One can only speculate as to an artist's inspirations, but it does make you wonder if Steve's 2011 Honda CR-V has trouble starting sometimes :D
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Ecstatics 00:46
808s 00:38
Grandy Twins 00:15
Flutter 00:35
Glossolalic 00:35
Max 00:12
CR-V 03:27


Xenakis and the Valedictorian was recorded in the passenger seat of my 2011 Honda CR-V, from March 25 to April 15, 2020, during the early stages of the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States. In the midst of homeschooling my two young children and remote teaching at the California Institute of the Arts, I set aside one hour everyday to work on solo saxophone repertoire. I recorded each practice session. And as it dawned on me that I would be unable to be with my mom, Sheila Lehman, on her 80th birthday (April 25, 2020) I decided to compile a concise EP of my practice sessions and present it to her for the occasion.

Throughout my childhood, my mother introduced me to an incredibly wide array of musicians and musical styles, including Cecil Taylor, B.B. King, Meredith Monk, McCoy Tyner, Koko Taylor, Milt Hinton, Morton Feldman, Betty Carter, The Sugarhill Gang, The Emerson String Quartet, and saxophonists Jackie McLean and Anthony Braxton. For my 10th birthday, we threw a haunted house themed party in our attic, and my mom chose Iannis Xenakis's 1962 composition "Bohor" as the accompanying music.

The ten tracks presented here were recorded with a 1973 Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone and a 2016 iPhone SE. There is no effects processing or editing of any kind. 100% percent of the revenue for this album will be used to support freelance musicians adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you for listening.

Steve Lehman


released April 24, 2020

Steve Lehman - alto saxophone


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Steve Lehman New York, New York

Described as “a state-of-the-art musical thinker” and a "dazzling saxophonist,” by The New York Times, Steve Lehman (b. New York City, 1978) is a composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms.His recent recording, Mise en Abîme (Pi, 2014) was called the #1 Jazz Album of the year by NPR Music and The Los Angeles Times. ... more

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