06.Dec.2013INCANDESCENCE NOW ON ITUNES
INCANDESENCE: music by women composers for saxophone and piano, is now available for download on iTunes and through the saxophone classics website. Music by Jennifer Higdon, Stacy Garrop, Katy Abbott, Fernande Decruck and Ida Gotkovsky. Get your copy now!!!!
12.Nov.2013Incandescence CD released!
"Incandescence: music by women composer for saxophone and piano" has been released on the Saxophone Classics UK label!!! The CD includes a wide selection of great works by Jennifer Higdon, Stacy Garrop, Katy Abbott, Ida Gotkovsky and Fernande Decruck, many of which are premiere recordings. Soon to be available on ITunes and amazon.com, but for now is available through the saxophone classics website.
18.Aug.2013World Premier of Lyle Chan's new concerto "Chaconne" for saxophone and voices
Can't wait for the two up coming world premiere performances of Lyle Chan's new concerto for saxophone and voices on the 24th and 25th of August at Carriageworks. Here is a link to the composers page where he discusses the work.
A Tour of the UK performing music from my Duo Sax CD and presenting master classes with fabulous saxophonist Sarah Markham is announced from 28th October - 2nd November. See "Itinary" section of the website for more details.
10.Nov.2012Preview of new track from upcoming CD
My third CD has been recorded and we are now in the process of editing and mastering. Hopefully it will be released in the first part of the new year. In the meantime, check out the "Listen" page for a sneak preview. The disc features music of female composers and the first track I've previewed is the first movement from Fernande Decruck's "Danses autour du monde".
19.Oct.2012Limelight Magazine Review of Australian Portrait CD
A Fantastic review of my Australian Portrait CD in Limelight magazine. click on the link to read. 4 out of 5 stars!!
24.Sep.2012E.Rousseau Mouthpiece endorsee
Michael Duke has just become an endorsee of ERousseau mouthpieces. He plays on the NC4 alto mouthpiece,
23.Sep.2012Duo Sax CD review
"Duo Sax: Music for two Saxophones" has received a great review in this month's issue of the Saxophone Journal!
15.Sep.2012Australian Portrait to be CD of the week on Fine Music 102.5 FM
17th - 21st September, HD Duo's "Australian Portrait" will be featured as CD OF THE WEEK on Sydney's classical music radio station Fine Music FM 102.5. Tune In and check it out!
26.Aug.2012Broadstock "Mawson" Concerto
One of Australia's foremost composers is currently writing a new concerto for Michael Duke around the story of Antartic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson. Brenton's composition "Not too near" is featured on HD Duo's debut CD "Australian Portrait". Watch this space for more info as the work comes to fruition!
25.Jul.2012*********AUSTRALIAN PORTRAIT CD**********
HD Duo's debut CD of new music by some of Australia's leading composers is now available! Released on the Cala Record label (UK) "Australian Portrait" showcases the music of Anne Boyd, Michael Smetanin, Brenton Boradstock, Matthew hindson, Andrew Batterham and Mark Zadro. Available for download through itunes and for purchase online.
On the 6th of July I will be making my UK debut performing with David Howie alongside British saxophonist Sarah Markham. The concert will at the wonderful Australia House in the centre of London! Tickets are only available in advance through www.sarahmarkham.eu. Check out the Itinerary page for more info
29.Apr.2012ABC FM Broadcast
As a part of a feature on Australian composer Matthew Hindson, my recording of Repetepititon (by HD Duo) was broadcast on national radio. click on the link to hear the whole broadcast.
12.Apr.2012Duo Sax CD played on radio!
My recently released CD Duo Sax has been receiving air time on Sydneys classical music station 2MBS. So far they have played Slap Me and the 6 Barefoot Dances!
30.Mar.2012*****DUO SAX DUET CD NOW AVAILABLE*****
My new Cd "Duo Sax" Music for two saxophones, is now available on the Saxophone Classics record label. Saxophone duets recorded with the amazing musicians: Jeff Emerich, Michael Lichnovsky, Martin Kay and Anna Duke. The recording covers some of the greatest standard duet repertoire including works by Hindemith, Dubois, Lamb, Lauba, Stockhausen, Galante Stanhope and Maderna. Included are also premiere recrdings of Barry Cockcroft's Slap Me!, Martin Kay's Honey and Samuel Adler's Contrasting Inventions. Order your copy now!!
28.Aug.2011New Pieces published
Two new works written for HD Duo are now available. Matthew Hindson's "Repetepetiton" for soprano saxophone and piano and Anne Boyd's "Ganba" for baritone sax and piano are both now published. Mark Zadro's "X Suite" for alto and piano will be shortly available through www.reedmusic.com
Here are links to:
Hindson Repetepetition: http://www.fabermusic.com/Repertoire-Details.aspx?ID=6619
Boyd - Ganba: http://www.uymp.co.uk/works.php?work_id=838
11.Jul.2011Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival
Just got back from a great time at the Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival in Melbourne. Heard some great musicians, enjoyed conducting the massed saxophone ensemble and performing back at my old alma mater the Victorian College of the Arts. Congratulations to the organizers for mounting such a big event so well!
11.Mar.2011Sound Clips added to website
A new page has been added to this site under the heading "Listen" with sound clips from two upcoming CD releases (hopefully later this year). Check it out!!
25.Feb.2011Fifth state added to US tour
We are excited to announce one more concert on the HD Duo US tour this March/April. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will host us in recital on March 31st, 7:30pm.
Radio broadcast of our new recording of "Repetepetition" by Matthew Hindson on Sydney's 2MBS this morning as part of a promo for the March 7th concert!
HD Duo will embark on our first US tour (March 20th - April 8th) encompassing the states of California, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota. One of the highlights of the trip will be as featured artists at the North American Saxophone Alliance region 3 conference in Indionala, Iowa at my previous place of employment Simpson College hosted by Dr. Dave Camwell. We will be touring the new and exciting program of Australian music from our upcomming CD "Australian Portrait".
After spending time in the internet wilderness, www.michael-duke.com is relaunching!!!
check back here for more news soon . . .