Mary Petrich contacted me about re-designing her web site. We spoke a bit about her and her work. On the phone her energy came across high and strong. Mary is a saxophonist in the valley and I’d heard of her some time ago.
We met at her central Phoenix home a week after our phone conversation. Quickly I noted her physical presence matched her voice…high energy, a natural performer. Her overall rhythm, steadily upbeat and open. In her space was sheet music, music stands and a variety of chairs, and saxophones, their were various ones. What an elegant instrument. It was very different from an artist studio. Though Mary did paint, she pointed out her works on the wall. In the room was a stack of vinyl record albums. Her husband Kevin was to eventually play one for me, as he explained the character of the sound.
Mary asked if I would photograph a saxophone quartet she was a part of, called Prize Fighting Kangaroos. They would be performing the following Friday. I arrived early and took photos before they began their evening gig. And then I shot a few more during their performance. Introducing the group to the audience she referred to the quartet’s collaboration as a creative structure. I jotted the words onto the palm of my hand. I wanted to remember them. The phrase is now on my studio wall.
The saxophone’s resonated deeply in the intimate space. I could hear and feel the subtlety of the breath as it moved through each of the instruments, and as the sounds varied in each composition. Each member had a solo portion within their collaboration. They appeared to enjoy the evening as much as the audience did. This music thing is very different from an art exhibit, it is immediately active…very much interactive.
Prize Fighting Kangaroos Saxophone Quartet (Byron Ruth, Mary Petrich, Scott Zimmer, and Paul Brewer) will be performing at Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffee House (4425 N. Granite Reef Rd, in Scottsdale AZ, 85251) on January 29th at 7:30 PM.
The quartet is also scheduled to perform on February 1st, at 1:00 p.m. for one of the Spirit of the Senses salons. Visit the web site for location.
Mary also collaborates with pianist Beth Lederman. Mary and Beth will be joined by a drummer and bass player for an upcoming performance at the McDowell Sonoran Jazz Festival on March 14th, at 4:00 p.m. (16435 N. Scottsdale Road).
More info about Mary Petrich can be found on her web site .
Mary and I talked about collaborating for one evening. It would be great if it was a full moon night, like this one is tonight…art, music and a full moon…can I place such an order?
Will keep you posted.