Music Program

Wednesday, January 9 at 8:00 p.m.

$10 general

Decho Ensemble

Michael Hernandez - soprano saxophone
Jacob Swanson - alto saxophone
Sarah Marchitelli - tenor saxophone
Jared Yackiw - baritone saxophone

Hailed as a "winning combination in every way!" the Decho Ensemble was founded in 2011 by longtime-collaborating saxophonists Sarah Marchitelli and Jacob Swanson. Critically acclaimed for their "blend and precision," they have performed throughout North America and Europe.

The Decho Ensemble has performed on concert series, television, and radio throughout North America and in Europe. In addition to concert series, the Decho Ensemble has presented at national and international conferences including the North American Saxophone Alliance Regional and Biennial Conferences and the United States Navy International Saxophone Symposium. In 2016 the Decho Ensemble was in residence with the Ny Musikks Komponistgruppe in Oslo, Norway as part of their inaugural PULS Festival.

Marchitelli, tenor saxophone, is an Adjunct Professor of Music Education at the State University of New York. In addition to her work in Decho Ensemble, she is a member of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra based in Boston and New York City.

Swanson, alto saxophone, has released three recording projects including Invisible Cities and Distill, featuring recital repertoire for saxophone and piano, and wired, featuring electro-acoustic based composer collaborations. He teaches for the Gowanda Central School District.
Jared Yackiw, baritone saxophone, is a composer and sound artist from Rochester, New York. His concert and collaborative works range from acoustic to electronic, drawing influence from theatrical drama, meditation, existential philosophy, and psychological themes.
Michael Hernandez, soprano saxophone, is the Professor of Saxophone at San Jose State University in San Jose, California and a founding member of the Mana Quartet. He serves as Principal Saxophone of the Santa Cruz Symphony.
The Decho Ensemble performs on Buescher saxophones.

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Hallwalls Music Program is made possible through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and a generous grant from the Cullen Foundation.