Iguaçu, Come Down and Dance for any saxophone and unpitched audio

Tony Davis

Iguaçu, Come Down and Dance was written for the 2003 World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis, USA, where it received its world premier. This celebratory chamberdance piece seeks to capture the beauty and power of Rio de Janeiro’s Iguaçu falls, from the up-stream stillness and distant rumblings, through the power and excitement of the fall, to the down-stream tranquillity. The piece features the use of mulitphonics (saxophone chords), which are delicately woven into the fabric of the opening melodies and also used to heighten the passions of a phrase. The use of digital delay on the live saxophone line gives a sense of the cascading water of the falls.

The audio accompaniment features contemporary dance rhythms and sounds, and found sounds from the saxophone. It is unpitched, making Iguaçu playable on any solo instrument.

[Iguaçu is pronounced i-gua-thu]


Composer Tony Davis

Instrumentation Any sax or flute (requires digital delay FX and PA)
Unpitched audio (CD)
Duration 4’19”
Style Chamberjazz
Suitable for Professional or under-graduate recital programme
Extended techniques Multiphonics; over-blown harmonics
Postage & Packing £3



Saxophonists who have bought the printed music for  Iguaçu, Come Down and Dance can download the accompaniment and slow rehearsal extracts here




3 Responses to Iguaçu, Come Down and Dance

    Hi, It's Alessandro Leo; I'm a saxophone player.
    I'd the pleasure to listen your composition 

    Iguaçu, Come Down and Dance for any saxophone and unpitched audio

    I would like to record your composition in my next album 
    but I haven't find the score anywhere . Where I can find the score or at least buy it?
    Alessandro Leo

    • Tony says:

      Hi Alessandro

      Apologies for the delay in replying to your note, I’ve been away for a while. Very many thanks for your interest in Iguacu. If you would like to buy a copy, do please click here: https://www.tonydavis.com/catalogue/iguacu/ or navigate to the Iguacu page and click the ‘Add to Cart’ button. You’ll need a PayPal account to complete the transaction.

      Hope to hear from you soon.

      Best wishes


  • Tony says:

    Gerard McChrystal will be performing a great programme at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford Cathedral on the 25rh of July. For more details see below and the link to the site for ticket sales.


    Hereford Cathedral

    Late night concert


    Gerard McCrystal

    Ticket Price: £12 (unreserved)

    Gerard McChrystal saxophone

    The programme will be an eclectic mix from Telemann canonic sonatas and unaccompanied Bach to a world premiere of a new work by composer Joe Cutler for saxophone and loop station. Witty and virtuosic solo pieces by Australian composers Barry Cockroft and Ross Edwards include amazing effects like circular breathing and slap tonguing; in one case Gerard can sound like a chicken! The beautiful acoustics of the cathedral will be utilised by atmospheric works for saxophone and electronics by Karen Tanaka and Andy Scott. To complete the contrast Tony Davis’s uplifting dance-inspired work Iguacu come down and dance concludes the programme.

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