Floating on the Wind-Islands in the Sand-The Sea of Stones-Beyond the Wall-Dancing between the Rocks
Winner 1995 Lee Ettelson Award
In the Dragon's Garden was selected from 244 entries as a Winner of the 1995 Lee Ettelson Award. Commissioned by Frank Bongiorno and Robert Nathanson for premiere at the 1992 World Saxophone Congress in Pesaro, Italy, the work was inspired by a several visits to Ryoanji, a temple in Kyoto, Japan which is noted for its Zen garden made up almost entirely of rocks. Fifteen large rocks are set with precise randomness in a carefully raked rectangle of small white stones. The entire garden is surrounded by low earthen walls.
Recorded on compact disc, Classic Saxophone, Vol. 2, Music da Camera, LCD 09193 and In the Dragon's Garden: Music by David Kechley, Liscio 98001 available at lisciorecordings.com or Amazon.com