The Duo of Saxophone Arkansas is formed by the Dr. Jackie Lamar and Dr. Caroline Taylor.
Jackie Lamar recently retired from the University of Central Arkansas, where he was a professor of Saxophone and Jazz for 32 years. She holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Interpretation of Saxophone and Master's degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas and a bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas. He is an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, where she has been director of the Region 4 for 15 years and was a member of the Committee on the Status of Women.
It is recorded in the Music for the Cross Town Trio on Centaur Records and has performed throughout the united States and in Thailand, Iceland, Scotland, France, Spain, Slovenia and Croatia. In his retirement, Dr. Lamar enjoys acting in musicals and shows. He is still playing the soprano saxophone with the Arkansas Saxophone Quartet and is a bassoonist of Central Arkansas Chamber Winds.
Caroline Taylor is the dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and professor of saxophone at the Baptist University Ouachita. He is a founding member of the Arkansas Saxophone Quartet, and receives frequent invitations to perform at the World Congress of Saxophone, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the International Symposium on Saxophone of the Navy Band, the College Music Society and the International Conference of Hawaii on Arts and Humanities.
Among her recordings on compact disc featured "The LYNX Duo: Music for Saxophone & Percussion" published through Mark Custom Recordings and Snoqualmie Passages of Patrick Houlihan, included in the CD-Ascend of the Society of Composers and Navona Records. Dr. Taylor earned his Master's degree in Interpretation of Wind, Wood and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Interpretation of Saxophone at the University of Georgia. Dr. Caroline Taylor is an Artist E. Rousseau and Performer of Yamaha Corporation of America.
They are accompanied by the pianist Casey Dierlam Tse, an active artist collaborative and avid performer of contemporary music.
"Zola" was originally composed in 2017 as a double concertino for 2 saxophones and high band concert on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Martial Band of Fermentelos. The title refers to the construction theme of the work, with inspiration in the music of Astor Piazzolla. The work is divided into three movements: 1. Allegro, 2. Adagio, 3. Live.