Duo Entre-Nous is a clarinet and saxophone ensemble dedicated to the evolution and continued progression of new music. Formed in 2014 by Jackie Glazier and Don-Paul Kahl, the duo particularly focuses on the performance and commission of a new repertoire for this combination. Thus far the duo has commissioned composers from five different continents and 10 different countries, garnering new pieces in a variety of different styles, ranging from music inspired by folk traditions and pop music to the avant-garde. In particular, the duo supports the commissioning of composers from underrepresented groups, seeking to aid the creation and promotion of their works.
The duo released their debut album, Fresh Ink, on Equilibrium Records in 2021. The album features works which have been commissioned by the ensemble, and was praised by The Saxophonist Magazine:
Fresh Ink is the CD we have all been waiting for. With the explosion of saxophone and flute or clarinet duo as a viable ensemble, we have been begging for literature that would present these ensembles as serious vehicles of expression. Duo Entre-Nous offers us a CD with all new material written in the past 10 years…. a serious recording of what should become standard literature for clarinet and saxophone.
Aside from the obvious amazing compositions, this ensemble is tight and unrelenting in its execution. Clear, clean, precise, even within the performances of extended techniques such as quarter tone and pitched slap. Perfection of balance creating a musical relationship between players that exceeds their age.
The duo can also be heard on Gregory Wanamaker’s composer portrait album, Light and Shadows, Waves and Time, which was released on Navona Records in 2018. They premiered Scott McAllister’s “Concerto Americana” for clarinet, saxophone, and wind ensemble in 2016 with the University of Florida Wind Symphony in Florida, and gave subsequent performances in Louisiana and South Carolina. Other notable performances include the Kuraia Festival of Contemporary Music at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, World Saxophone Congress in Croatia (2018), the International Clarinet Association Conference in Belgium (2018), the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference in Phoenix (2020), and a residency for the Ars Nova series at the UMKC Conservatory (2019).
Devoted to music education, the duo is active in teaching positions in the United States and Europe. Additionally, they have given many masterclasses, performances, and lectures at universities and conservatories throughout the US and Europe. Recognized both nationally and internationally, the duo’s mission is to bring excellence in performance and practice to all avenues of their work. Individually, the two members have won major international competitions for clarinet and saxophone, respectively. A long-term goal of the ensemble is to advocate for the unique sounds and artistic merits of the saxophone/clarinet duo and explore its fascinating possibilities.
Hailed for her “robust playing and virtuosic performance” (San Diego Tribune) and “beautiful and clear tone” (The Clarinet Magazine), Jackie Glazier is an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral clarinetist, pedagogue, and advocate of new music. As associate professor of clarinet at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, Glazier is a committed pedagogue and mentor to future generations of clarinetists, and a member of the Arizona Wind Quintet. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States and in China, Mexico, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Croatia, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
Glazier is a founding member of the clarinet and saxophone ensemble, Duo Entre-Nous, with Belgian-based saxophonist Don-Paul Kahl. The duo is active in commissioning, performing, and recording works for clarinet and saxophone, and has been responsible for the creation of over 20 new works for the genre. In April 2021, they released their debut album, Fresh Ink, on Equilibrium Records, which received acclaim by The Saxophonist magazine.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Glazier has recorded for Parma, Centaur, Naxos, Toccata Classics, Mark Records, Equilibrium Records, New Sound Records, and Navona Records. Her debut solo album, “Magic Forest Scenes” was released July 3, 2020 on Centaur Records, and features the music of William Alwyn, Arnold Bax, Eugene Bozza, Paul Richards, Alexander Rosenblatt, and Piotr Szewczyk. In addition, Glazier is a frequent orchestral performer, having played with orchestras across the country as guest principal, second, Eb and bass clarinetist.
An active clinician and educator, Jackie has presented guest master classes at major universities throughout the United States. She has earned degrees from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Florida, and Florida State University. Jackie was named one of the University of Florida’s Outstanding Young Alumni in 2018. She is an artist with Buffet-Crampon and Vandoren, and performs exclusively on Buffet-Crampon clarinets and Vandoren reeds.
For more information, visit Jackie's personal website.
Described by distinguished American composer John Corigliano as an "artist beyond his time," concert saxophonist, Don-Paul Kahl has performed throughout Europe, the United States, Australia, and South-East Asia. He has been an invited artist with many prominent music festivals in Europe and the US including, the KURAIA festival (ES), Tallinn New Music Days (ET), Musica Nova Festival (US), and many more. He has appeared as soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Musa Horti, the Maryland Wind Festival, the Leuven New Music Ensemble, the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, the University of Florida Wind Symphony, and the Susquehanna University Orchestra.
An ardent supporter and advocate of contemporary and modern music, Don-Paul has been involved in the creation and performance of over 100 new works for saxophone by some of the most talented and award winning young composers of the time. Recent commissioned composers include Erik Desimpelaere, Max Grafe, María Eugenia Luc, David Biedenbender, Molly Joyce, Stratis Minakakis, Yotam Haber, Eleni Ralli, and Kenichi Ikuno Sekiguchi, among many others.
Don-Paul released his debut solo album entitled “Go Within” on the Equilibrium Label in September 2021. The album features six works for which he is extremely passionate by all living composers. Five of the works were directly commissioned by Don-Paul, two of which were conceived solely for this project. Featured composers include Molly Joyce, Stratis Minakakis, Eleni Ralli, Gregory Wanamaker, Mischa Zupko, and Kenichi Ikuno Sekiguchi. He collaborated on this project with pianist Alessandro Cervino.
Don-Paul was a prizewinner at the prestigious 4th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand. Recently, EBM won the third and special prizes at the International Chamber Music Competition in Illzach, France. In 2017, they garnered first and special prizes at the Concours d'Interprétation de la Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt. Don-Paul was also awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for academic study in Paris, France for the 2013-2014 year. Other awards include prizewinner in the 2013 Marco Fiorindo Chamber Music Competition, University of Florida Concerto Competition, and the Susquehanna University Concerto Competition, along with several others.
Don-Paul is an avid clinician and gives masterclasses throughout Europe and the United States. Currently, he serves on the faculty at the Susquehanna University High School Wind Ensemble Institute in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. He served on the faculty at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida where he taught applied study in both saxophone and clarinet. Concurrently, he served as the saxophone teaching assistant at the University of Florida.
As an avid and in-demand chamber musician, Don-Paul is active with the internationally acclaimed saxophone quartet, Ensemble du Bout du Monde (EBM), his duo with clarinetist, Jackie Glazier, Duo Entre-Nous (D2), with WOODWORK, a dynamic reed quintet based in Belgium, and the Central Pennsylvania saxophone and piano duo, Kahl & Nyce Duo.
Currently, Don-Paul is living and working as a freelance saxophonist based in Belgium and is also a doctoral candidate for the Ph.D in Artistic Research in collaboration with Leiden University (NL) and the Orpheus Institute (BE). In 2017, he completed a post-graduate performatory research program at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, Belgium. Previously, he earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Music degree from Susquehanna University (Summa Cum Laude). His primary teachers and mentors are Jean-Michel Goury, Marcus Weiss, Jonathan Helton, Geoffrey Deibel, and Gail B. Levinsky, with additional study with Frederick L. Hemke.
Don-Paul Kahl is a Henri Selmer Paris and Conn-Selmer performing artist, and proudly performs on Selmer Paris saxophones exclusively.
For more information, please see Don-Paul's personal website.