The word Monologue originated in Ancient Greece. Derived from mónos, “alone, solitary” and logos, “word or speech.”

When we think of the word monologue our minds are usually transported to the theatrical realm. In a dramatic play a monologue refers to a moment when a single character addresses the audience most often to express his inner thoughts aloud. Often when actors are auditioning for a part they are asked to prepare contrasting monologues that show versatility and range, these character sketches are most often in the 2-5 minute range, just enough to get an idea of the character that is being portrayed. I liked the idea or challenge rather of being limited to only a few minutes to conjure up a different character or mood, and I thought it would be a great way to demonstrate the versatility and chameleonic nature of the saxophone.

In a way this project started off in the streets when I used to do a lot busking usually on tour with Mana- traveling throughout the US and Europe. Often I would use our downtime on tour to busk in town squares, train stations, subway stations and even airports. My Bach Collection and Philip Glass Melodies book were standards, as well as Piazzolla Tango Etudes. These pieces served as the bulk of gigging repertoire in my early days as a freelance saxophonist performing in restaurants, art museums, galleries, farmers markets etc.

When and if I had booked a concert for Mana and it would not be possible for all of us to make it due to scheduling I turned these Mana concerts into “ManaLog” concerts. I then started approaching composers to take part in this project and I have been really excited with the results and programming options. Keep checking back here, there are still many pieces yet to be recorded and written!

Be sure to check out The Mana Quartet’s debut album Vide Supra!

Features four brand new works dedicated to the ensemble by American composers: Minchew, Stillabower, Villalta, and Dankner.

The Mana Trio

Mvt. 1 – Trio, Op. 87 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Mvt. 2 – Trio, Op. 87 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Mvt. 3 – Trio, Op. 87 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata No. 5, BWV 529 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Duets with Piano by Johannes Brahms

Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla

Trio by Aram Khachaturian