After years of playing together Ellen and Marijke thought it was about time for the first SaxYOn CD. The project was presented on VoorDeKunst and they achieved 106% of their goal. The recording took place in the Westvestkerk Schiedam and will be released in the beginning of November with the music label 7MNTN.
Mexican composer Enrique Mendoza composed a new piece for bass saxophone and tape last year. The piece, called ‘Over Hunted’ was financed by the Dutch ‘Fonds Podiumkunsten’ and dedicated to Marijke. It’s a great piece which has been performed several times by now; in and outside of Holland.
Had a great summer with the Melisma Quartet and concerts in Mexico, Norway and Switzerland!
Nice review about Melisma’s concert in Murten, Switzerland.
Nice review in the Spanish magazine ‘Clasica2’ about Melisma’s cd!
Nice review in the Dutch magazine ‘De Nieuwe Koers’ and on the website of Guillermo Lago about Melisma’s cd. On the cd three pieces can be found by him. Guillermo writes:
‘On the doormat today a very nice present: the new CD by the Melisma Saxophone Quartet with music by Bach, Grieg, Ligeti and Lago. The Melisma is a very international group (Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland) and they all graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory with Arno Bornkamp (and a bit with me as I take over the saxophone class three times a year). So we go back some time and I am always very happy to meet them and hear the group perform. David, Marijke, Henriette and Jonas have done a wonderful job, the recording is very crisp and transparent and full of musical depth and intelligence. Movements from Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Bach’s Italian Concerto, Ligeti Bagatelles and finally three of my Ciudades (Córdoba, Sarajevo and Addis Ababa) : a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with this lovely quartet.’
Nice review in the newspaper the 11th of January about the concert SaxYOn gave a few days earlier in Mosterdzaadje Santpoort-Noord.
Melisma Saxophone Quartet brings out their very first cd! If you’d like to order one please sent me an e-mail and you’ll get some instructions. On the cd are works by Grieg, Bach, Ligeti & Lago. We hope you’ll enjoy!
A great summer with very various concert locations! Thanks to a.o. Noorderzon Groningen, Zwarte Cross Lichtenvoorde, Grieg in Bergen (Norway), Oseana Kammer Fest (Norway) and Musiksommer am Zürichsee (Switzerland).
Composer Bernard van Beurden wrote a new composition called ‘Who Knows… Wer Weisz’ for SaxYOn. Later this year in November the premiere of ‘So Many Roads’ by Ad Wammes and also written for Ellen and Marijke will follow.
The Melisma Saxophone Quartet recorded a cd together with singer Meindert Talma. The cd is about the life of the famous Hendrik Werkman from the very north of Holland. Melisma and Meindert will perform the cd in live a few times more, so if you’re interested please take a look in the agenda!
Melisma goes China! April 2015 was an exciting moment for Melisma; their very first tour in China. It was a great succes and they gave 9 performances, from the National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing till the Opera House Guangzhou.
11.00 Jheronimus Bosch art Center Den Bosch
Melisma Saxophone Quartet i.s.m. Meindert Talma
Zwarte Cross Lichtenvoorde
Melisma Saxophone Quartet
Musiksommer am Zurichsee Ritterhaus Bubikon (Zwitserland)