Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP) strives to promote the popularity of
the saxophone through innovative programming and versatile performances,
thereby providing an exciting and invigorating concert experience for a
repertoire spans a wide spectrum of musical genres, with the vast
majority of works arranged by ensemble members. Each program is
presented from memory and without a conductor, showcasing artistry,
creativity, and spontaneous musical communication among the performers.
ESP also steadily contributes to the expansion of saxophone ensemble
repertoire by collaborating with composers, who have included Jennifer
Bellor, Steven Bryant, Ted Goldman, John Mackey, and Jon Russell.
their founding in 2010, the Eastman Saxophone Project has quickly
become one of the most recognized saxophone ensembles in the world. They
made their New York debut at Steinway Hall in 2011, were the featured
ensemble at the recent North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, and
have appeared on National Public Radio through WXXI's Backstage Pass.
In addition to multiple outreach concerts, ESP performs two full-length
productions a year in Rochester, New York. The ensemble also made their
Kennedy Center debut in 2015. Archived performances of ESP are shared
through the EastmanSaxProject channel on YouTube.
Eastman Saxophone Project is directed by Chien-Kwan Lin and is
comprised of his studio at the Eastman School of Music. Anne Kunkle
serves as the ensemble's Assistant Director and chief arranger. ESP is a Conn-Selmer Artistic Ensemble and endorses Selmer (Paris) saxophones.