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© 2019 Nathan Mertens. 

NEWS

August 22, 2019

After over two years of gathering, translating, and organizing the Japanese Saxophone Database is finally live! While living and studying in Tokyo, I realized how little Japanese saxophone information was available outside of Japan. So I compiled lists of Japanese saxo...

July 22, 2019

I am happy to announce that I have recently been offered and accepted a position at Hastings College! I will be a Postdoctoral Fellow in the newly established First-Year Seminar Program. Looking forward to working with Dr. Christopher Strickland, Dr. Eric Kennedy, and...

May 22, 2019

以下日本語

I’m very excited to be leading a commissioning consortium of six Japanese composers to each write a new work for the contemporary saxophone repertoire! The commissioned composers are from diverse backgrounds, write in a wide array of styles, and represent the next...

February 27, 2019

Excited to be briefly headed back to the States in March for a Concerto performance with Gillian Blair at the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Conference in Arkansas! We will be giving the North American premiere of Andy Scott’s “Tjuonavagge.” We will also be p...

January 31, 2019

Very excited for my upcoming trip to Thailand! I’m looking forward to collaborating again with one of my former colleagues from The University of Texas, Suvida Neramit-aram, and finally playing with the great Thai saxophonist, Nitchan Pitayathorn! We are presenting a p...

October 31, 2018

At the 14th Kurashiki International Saxophone Competition the Kunitachi Saxophone Quartet won third prize in the Chamber Music Division! We performed David Maslanka's "Recitation Book" - a work that, although is quite popular in the States, was unfamiliar to many of th...

July 17, 2018

What a blast! I’m still on a high from the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb! Feeling lucky to play and present with so many incredible people and groups! It was great to see old friends and make new ones from all over the world. A big congratulations to Japan for win...

July 9, 2018

It was such a pleasure to spend almost two weeks in England playing concerts in Bury, Manchester, London, and York! I performed mostly chamber music with my English friend, Gillian Blair, and her pianist, David Gibson. But, I was also able to perform with the Polaris D...

July 4, 2018

After a long day, the first half of our Debut CD is recorded!! We were very lucky to record in the new recording studios at The University of Salford in Manchester, England. Excited to share the following of music with you all soon!

“Aquarelle” - Andy Scott 

“Right at th...

June 24, 2018

Had a great time collaborating with Polish conceptual visual artist, Pio Bujak for his 2019 shows in Japan and Poland. I recorded a few national anthems for his work entitled, "AN-ANTHEM-A -> audio installation feat. Nathan Mertens /on saxophone/" - Looking forward to...

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