Performance


Craig Alberty plays woodwind instruments. His presentation Joyous Noise is the ideal musical backdrop for any special event. Click the link below to get the full details and listen to demo recordings of this creative production.


Alberty brings extensive experience to all musical styles from jazz to classical.  He is an adept reader and skilled improviser.  His broad background includes work in all jazz settings and styles, musical theater, symphony orchestra, and rock bands. The clips below will give you a sampling of his diverse musicianship and technical skill.


Saxophones


Alto -- Jazz excerpt
Alto -- Classical excerpt
Soprano -- Jazz excerpt
Soprano -- Classical excerpt

Clarinet


Jazz excerpt Classical excerpt


Wind-controlled Synthesizer

Electronic wind instruments have been in use for about 40 years.  They combine the playing characteristics of wind instruments (fingering patterns, response to breath, sensitivity to tongue and lip adjustments) while triggering electronic or synthesized sounds.  They can be fully expressive musical instruments as the following sample demonstrates:

Minuet in G by J.S. Bach  This flute-like sound responds well to changes in breath pressure; it changes timbre (tone color) as it gets louder or softer just as acoustic instruments do.

These instruments are generally used in one of two ways: to provide imitations of acoustic instruments or to add wind instrument expressiveness to obviously synthesized sounds.  To me, imitation of acoustic instruments is the least interesting of the options but it is the way I am most often hired to use the instrument in recording and live performance.  I have used it to "replace" harmonica, violin, flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, horn, tuba, and electric bass. 

Here are a few samples:


Classical Oboe Jazz Flute
Classical Flute (fast) Jazz Trombone
Classical Flute (slow) Jazz Guitar