Rushing Past Willow comprises solo works for alto, tenor, and bass saxophone, composed and performed by Nick Zoulek.
The pieces were conceived as improvised moments and refined over a decade of performance and reflection, coalescing into a narrative that is set against a solitary willow tree, serene and poised, serving as a totem that bears witness to a story of lost love, compassion, connection, cognition, perception, chaos, and time.
The works included on Rushing Past Willow were composed through idiomatic use of the saxophone, creating a meditative and raw tapestry from repetition, vocal techniques, circular breathing, unconventional articulation, and spectral exploration. Each piece was recorded using an array of carefully-placed microphones, arranged based on extensive research and experimentation. The array of microphones captured the saxophone’s rich textures from a variety of angles and distances. From these perspectives, sound artist Jason Charney assembled an immersive composite of the recorded solo performances.