John C. Savage

John C. SavageFlutist, saxophonist, composer, improviser,and educator John C. Savage has been compared to Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Herbie Mann, Noah Howard, Ian Anderson, and Colin Stetson. Savage has performed and recorded with, among others, Billy Fox and Mark Dresser, (The Uncle Wiggly Suite) the avant world-jazz duo Cartridge (The Black Heron and the Spoonbill), The Brooklyn Qawwali Party (eponymous release), the Andrew Hill Big Band (A Beautiful Day), The Kitsune Ensemble (The Kaidan Suite and Amanogawa), Point to Line (with flutist Lisa Bost-Sandberg), releases with composer-drummer Ken Ollis on PJCE Records (Demolition Duo and Senses Sharpened), and the poetry and music duo, Thick in the Throat, Honey (Love Letters We Never Sent).
Savage has received honors and awards from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, theJohn C. Savage Oregon Arts Commission, Bandcamp Weekly, The College Music Society, KMHD radio, and the Portland-based Regional Arts and Culture Council. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Flute Performance with emphases in improvisation and theory. Savage’s dissertation, A Phenomenology of Contemporary Flute Improvisation: Contextual Explications of Techniques, Aesthetics, and Performance Practices, uses analytical techniques from the fields of ethnomusicology (ethnography) and music philosophy (phenomenology) in order to create a theory of flute performance and pedagogy for the twenty-first century(see abstract).

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