There aren’t many saxophone and bassoon duos. We first met as students at Louisiana State University. After graduating and losing touch for a few years, the magic of social media and LSU sports brought us together first as friends, then musical colleagues. When we remembered watching our teachers perform together on one particular concert, we were inspired by our non-traditional combination of instruments to perform together. Frustrated by the lack of existing works for our ensemble, we began to arrange existing pieces, and also turned to our composer friends and colleagues and challenged them to write new works for the newly formed Post-Haste Reed Duo.
Our mission is two-fold: to increase the amount of quality chamber music literature for saxophone and bassoon duo, and to encourage young musicians to experiment performing in non-traditional chamber ensembles. We do this when we collaborate with composers towards new works for us that highlight the capabilities of our two instruments individually and together.
We want to continue bridging composers with audiences by motivating young people to participate in new chamber music, either as musicians or as audience members. And we hope that inspiration comes from our efforts to create new music.
Sean Fredenburg serves as the Instructor of Saxophone at Portland State University where he teaches applied saxophone, chamber music, and woodwind techniques. He is dedicated to promoting new music works from many bright young composers. Outside of the university setting, he is the saxophone chamber music coach for the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, appears as artist faculty at Woodwinds at Wallowa Lake, and is instructor of saxophone and world music at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Sean holds degrees from Louisiana State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oregon. His primary teachers have been Griffin Campbell, Steven Stusek, and Idit Shner.
Javier Rodriguez is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho where he performs with the Northwest Wind Quintet, Hammers and Reeds Faculty Trio, and teaches studio bassoon and courses in woodwind instrumental techniques, aural skills, and world music. Prior to his position at the U of I, he taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He recently served as Principal Bassoon of the Walla Walla Symphony, and has held orchestral positions with the Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, and Valdosta Symphonies, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Natchez Opera Festival Orchestra, and the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Austin, Jacksonville, Kentucky, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, Tallahassee, and Monterrey (MX) symphonies. In the summer, Rodriguez teaches bassoon and world music at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI. He has previously taught summer engagements at the LSU Honors Chamber Winds Camp, the FSU Summer Music Camps Double Reed Workshop, and served as a Teaching Assistant at the Brevard Music Festival. Rodriguez holds a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Louisiana State University, and has also studied at the University of Cincinnati College‐Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Jeffrey Keesecker, William Ludwig and William Winstead.