P. Kellach Waddle

P. Kellach Waddle: At Macy’s: Salon Serenade in Seven Movements (op. 701) for bass duo

P. Kellach Waddle: At Macy’s: Salon Serenade in Seven Movements (op. 701) for bass duo

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Table of Contents

At Macy's

I. March Through The Aisles Of Appliances

II. Nocturne I: The Shadows Over All The Clothes At Closing Time

III. Menuet I: A Dance The Color Of The Dark Oak Dining Room Table Displays

IV. Lied-Prelude Of Happily Pondering The Day's Purchases

V. Nocturne II: The Secrets In Unpurchased Silverware in Display Cabinet Drawers

VI. Menuet II: A Dance of Future Memories to be Made After Drinking From the About-to-be-Purchased Teapots and Coffee Makers

VII. The Sunrise's Ray's Prisms Shine Through the Entrance Doors
Hours Before the Store Opens

The first of two site-specific duets I wrote for the Austin Symphony Pop-Up Chamber Series for me and Austin Symphony Principal Bass Jonathan Rouse was indeed for a performance at the Macy's location Barton Creek Mall in Austin, Texas.


What’s In Store (Bundle Purchase Only)

I. Waltz of the Detergent Colors

II. Frozen Foods (and Frozen Souls)

III. A Chocolate Chip Cookie Chaconne

IV. Fanfares for Frosted Flakes and Celebrations of All The Joyous Cereals


About the Composer

P. Kellach Waddle enjoys an extremely active career as a composer, orchestral and chamber music bassist, solo bassist, conductor, writer, and concert curator.  His prolific output as a composer, with opus numbers now over 760, includes pieces  ( concertos/sonatas/prominent chamber music parts ) for every single standard orchestral instrument except timpani (as well as several pieces for such non-standard instruments as carillion ( bell tower), amglocken, and chimes.)

His output features hundreds of solo and chamber works as well as several concertos and works for large orchestra and chorus.  He is especially known for his large and ongoing contribution to the repertoire of his instrument ( over 400 pieces for solo bass, bass with accompaniment, and chamber music with bass as of late 2022), as well as for continuing to write a significant amount of double reed music ( especially contrabassoon) and saxophone music.

His music has been heard in 39 states and in dozens of foreign countries and featured more than 20 times on NPR and in venues from Carnegie Hall to the White House. His many accolades as a composer include an Austin Critics’ Table award for an outstanding new composition of the year ( for his String Quartet #2  commissioned by the Miro Quartet), three citations as a possible finalist for The Pulitzer Prize, four nominations as State of Texas Musician of The Year, and 10 nominations for The American Prize, 9 as a semifinalist and one as a finalist.

PKW has held many festival and professional orchestra positions throughout his orchestral career, beginning at the age of 17, including his current position as a tenured member of The Austin Symphony, which he won in 1992. 

Waddle has curated some of “the most interestingly conceived” chamber music concerts in the U.S. (one of his concert company PKWproductions many press accolades) since launching PKWproductions in 2006. His busy guest conducting schedule has taken him to venues such as Lincoln Center as well as many universities and conservatories and he also served as the Music Director of The Austin Philharmonic for 2 ½ seasons. 

As a soloist, he has been a featured recitalist at many International Society of Bassists  conventions where he has been hailed as “ .. one of the most thrillingly creative bass soloists in the world..”.   He continues to post many solo performances on his social media, specializing in his own music, works from the Baroque and Neo-Baroque, and music by other living composers.  

Waddle’s perhaps most flattering press quote about his music and performing comes from the writings of one of the individuals who commissioned one of his works for chamber orchestra:  “.. Waddle may be a bass virtuoso instead of being a pianist… yet still with all of these luxurious harmonies and melodies… PKW may very well be our American Rachmaninoff…” 

PKW’s diverse career includes his prolific work as a writer. He was a full-time entertainment journalist for 16 years and is an industry-renowned TV historian, having published over 3000 articles and book contributions about game shows, soap operas, commercials, primetime 50’s and 60’ television, as well as articles on Americana and Blues music.  He is also an award-winning poet  with a book of his poetry now targeted to be published in first quarter 2024, and for 10 years he worked in private casinos as a licensed table games dealer and roulette croupier. He holds seven degrees ( 2 Bachelor's, 3 Minors, and 2 Masters from Cincinnati Conservatory, Rice University, and The University of Texas at Austin.

His music is managed, archived and engraved by TfV, Inc. of Massachusetts, and many of his works are published by Recital Music of England and DBHQ Publications. 

Over 120 (and counting) of his audio and video recordings are available on his Soundcloud , Youtube, and ClassicalConnect.com portals, and his publicity is managed by David Wyatt.

Waddle is extremely active on his social media and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and reached by email.

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