This collection was commissioned by a consortium of world-class saxophone performers and educators who tasked Remy with the challenge of creating music that would serve not only as highly effective practice material, but also as a set of compositions rich and compelling enough to stand on their own as concert and recital repertoire.
The vignettes are written to be interpreted in a range of styles, and function as etudes in that many focus on particular challenges or skills, including:
While written on the alto, the vignettes can be performed on all saxophones.
They are intended for the advanced player, but can also be highly effective for the ambitious mid-level player.
As mentioned previously, with this exclusive video master class edition of Vignettes, we've taken what started out as an ebook, and turned it into a comprehensive course of study. In fact, thanks to the wide array of challenges that this collection offers, this program by itself could serve as the bulk of a regular practice routine for weeks or months to come, perhaps even longer.
Remy Le Boeuf is a composer and saxophonist whose music is rooted in the jazz tradition and overlaps into the contemporary classical realm, drawing on various influences from Aaron Copland to Charles Mingus. Le Boeuf is also the founder and director of the Assembly of Shadows jazz orchestra. He has worked with a range of collaborators including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, HAIM, JACK Quartet, Knower, Linda Oh, and his identical twin brother Pascal, with whom he co-leads the Grammy-nominated ensemble, Le Boeuf Brothers.
Hailed by the New York Times for its “overwhelming beauty,” Le Boeuf’s latest release for jazz orchestra, Assembly of Shadows (2019), brings together haunting cinematic textures and melody-driven themes. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “radiant, uncluttered beauty,” Le Boeuf’s prior release, Light as a Word (2019), features a sextet of Le Boeuf’s long-time collaborators including Walter Smith III, Aaron Parks, Charles Altura, Matt Brewer, and Peter Kronreif.
Le Boeuf often employs literary elements to fuel his compositions as in his recent collaborative album imaginist (2016)—a collaboration between Le Boeuf Brothers and JACK Quartet. The term "imaginist" refers to the early 20th century Russian poetry movement characterized by sequences of arresting images and long chains of metaphors. Imaginist is structured to unfold like a book. Past Le Boeuf Brothers projects include House Without A Door (2009), In Praise of Shadows (2011), and Remixed.
Le Boeuf has received commissions and awards from SFJAZZ, Chamber Music America, The Jerome Foundation, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, Copland House, Copland Fund, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, American Composers Forum, Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation, New York Youth Symphony, University of Denver, Keio University, BMI, and the ASCAP Foundation.
Le Boeuf holds bachelor's and master's degrees in saxophone performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he teaches at the Manhattan School of Music as a saxophone and composition instructor in the Precollege and MSM Summer programs.