Altered Sound Duo is committed to promoting contemporary repertoire for saxophone and percussion. The duo formed during the spring of 2017 and has performed throughout the Ohio region. During this inaugural tour, the duo will perform at universities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. As advocates for new music, the duo hopes to commission innovative and virtuosic works for saxophone and percussion.
Chris Murphy is a saxophone soloist and music educator living in Bowling Green, Ohio. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Chris received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina with a Performer’s certificate and the Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from Bowling Green State University. He has received honors and award from MTNA and NASA, and was a winner of the Bowling Green State University Concerto competition and the Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition. He has played as an alto saxophone soloist with the Dick Goodwin Jazz Band and has performed as a guest musician with the Presbyterian College Wind Ensemble, the Bowling Green State University Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, the Defiance Community Concert Band, as well as the Augusta Symphony as a saxophonist with Melissa Manchester, and the Dearborn Symphony with Linda Eder.
Nick Fox is an active percussionist and teacher, currently pursuing a DMA in contemporary music at Bowling Green State University. Fox received a Master’s degree in percussion performance from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has studied with Dr. Daniel Piccolo, Dr. Gregory Beyer, Tobie Wilkinson, Dr. Patti Cudd, and Michael Mixtacki. In addition to teaching and solo performance commitments, Fox is a founding member of the percussion quartet Landlocked Percussion, this group focuses on prominent contemporary chamber works. In 2014, Trevor Saint and Fox formed the percussion duo Undue. This project has lead to the commission of three new works and a Midwest tour including performances/masterclasses at seven universities. The following year, Fox organized his solo tour debut including six universities and several arts clubs. Fox has had the opportunity to perform with many influential artists, such as Jan Williams, Greg Beyer, Stuart Gerber, Tim Munroe, Shara Nova, Dal Niente, Erik Griswold, and members of the JACK Quartet. Fox has been awarded grant funding to assist with the commissioning of new works, transportation to music conferences, and summer music festivals such as New Music On the Point in Vermont. As a committed new music activist, Fox has expanded the percussion repertoire through commissions/collaborations with composers Matthew Burtner, James Romig, Jeff Herriott, and Christopher Burns, just to name a few. Fox organized a performance of Gerard Grisey’s Le Noir de L’Etoile at the 3rd Annual New Music Gathering and looks forward to a possible performance at this summer’s festival in Boston.