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José Zayas Cabán, soprano saxophone
Joel Gordon, tenor saxophone
Casey Rafn, piano

Piano Trio, Op. 11, Fanny Mendelssohn
I. Allegro Molto Vivace
II. Andante Espressivo
III. Lied
IV. Finale


As a concert saxophonist and pedagogue, José A. Zayas Cabán performs and teaches master classes throughout Europe, the Caribbean and North America. As a member of the trio {tres}, Zayas Cabán has cultivated, advocated for and developed his interest in the transcription and arrangement of chamber music by a wide range of composers. As a music theorist, Zayas Cabán’s research focuses on the use of mathematics and data visualization to analyze symmetry in the music of 20th century composers. He has presented his research at the World Saxophone Congress, the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference and the U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium. His article, Symmetrical Processes and Pitch Design in Jindřich Feld’s use of Form in the Sonata for Alto Saxophone, stems from the research he began during his dissertation, Dodecaphonic and Symmetrical Processes in the First Movement of Jindřich Feld’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone. In 2012-2013, he served as assistant professor of music at Truman State University, where he taught saxophone, music theory and aural skills. In addition, until 2015 he served as teaching assistant at the University of Iowa for both saxophone and music theory. Zayas Cabán is a D’Addario performing artist.

Born in Iowa, Joel Gordon is a cultivating saxophonist and music educator. Most recently, he recorded and released a full-length album, “Along Those Lines,” with the Kansas City-based Matt Cook Collective. As a saxophonist, Gordon was selected as a resident of the 2014 David Liebman Saxophone Masterclass and was chosen as a semifinalist in the 2013 Naftzger Young Artist Competition. He studied jazz improvisation with Tim AuBuchon and Matt Otto, and classical saxophone with Randall Smith and José A. Zayas Cabán. Gordon earned a Bachelor of Science in music education in 2015 and a Master of Arts in education in 2016 from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Currently, he is the director of bands at Platte City Middle School. He maintains an active private studio teaching jazz improvisation and classical saxophone and lives in Platte City, Missouri.