Ensemble Biography

The Admiral Launch Duo combines the unlikely sounds of harp and saxophone. Equally at home in acoustic and electroacoustic settings, saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and harpist Jennifer R. Ellis have developed their repertoire through innovative commissions, unexpected transcriptions, and improvisation. They have collaborated with composers including Dylan Arthur Baker, Matthew Browne, Christine Hedden, Jasper Alice Kaye, Natalie Moller, Patrick O’Malley, Angélica Negrón, Stephen J. Rush, and Gregory Wanamaker. Committed to creative scholarship, they have presented at UMass Interdisciplinary Studies Institute, Northwestern University New Music Conference (NUNC!), North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, Humanities Education and Research Association Conference, International Harp Festival, and the American Harp Society Summer Institute. Fresh Inc. Festival alumni and four-time residents at Avaloch Music Institute, they have performed at venues including Spectrum NYC, Center for New Music (San Francisco), and the Wisteriahurst and Milwaukee Art museums. Admiral Launch Duo has given master classes at institutions such as Michigan State University, University of Arizona, and Boston University. Recently awarded an FRG/Healy Grant, their debut album will appear on Albany Records in 2018.

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