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March 16, 4 p.m.
Stauffer B, room 125 

Philippe Geiss was one of the first musicians to work on Karlax development with Remi Dury, the inventor. Geiss has performed with the Karlax throughout Europe, Japan and South America.

This new multimedia controller is a great link between sound, gesture and visual art. Geiss works on how to integrate the Karlax in performances, compositions and teaching. There is a quickly growing research community around this new instrument. Geiss will share his experience and talk about amazing Karlax possibilities.

Philippe Geiss is a saxophonist, Karlist, composer and professor at the Superior School of Arts in Strasbourg, France. He is a research and development member of Selmer saxophones, Rico reeds and Da Fact instruments and a beta tester for Karlax. Geiss is one of the first musicians from the French saxophone school who has built his own “crossover” style between classical and improvised music and plays the entire saxophone family from sopranino to bass saxophone. As an active musician worldwide, Geiss has given concerts and master classes all over the world.

As a composer, his music has been performed by renowned musicians and ensembles including the U.S. Navy Band, Brandford Marsalis, Nederland Wind Ensemble, Slovenian Police Orchestra, Trombonissimo and leading saxophone quartets including Habanera, Alliage Diastema, Ellipsos and more. Geiss’ own musical style lies somewhere between contemporary classical, jazz and world music. His compositions include works for beginners to high level performers and he is published by Robert Martin, Billaudot and Leduc.

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