On his debut album, Rushing Past Willow, saxophonist and composer Nick Zoulek pushes past the typical sound of the saxophone. What often begins as a recognizable line eventually circles back on itself, erasing ideas about beginnings and endings in the process. Comprising Zoulek’s solo works for alto, tenor and bass saxophones, the pieces were conceived as improvised moments and refined over a decade of performance and reflection. They coalesce into a narrative that is set against a solitary willow tree, serene and poised, serving as witness to a story of lost love, compassion, connection, cognition, perception, chaos, and time. Opening the show will be Dr. Michael Shults and Dr. Jeff Crowell performing Songbook for Alto Saxophone and Marimba, a piece by David Maslanka written in 1998.