MUSIC NETWORK PRESENTS SONIC.ART SAXOPHONE QUARTET ON TOUR 6 – 13 NOVEMBER
04 October 2012
"The audience was swept away by the rhythmical verve, the virtuosity and the acoustic brilliance displayed by these young musicians."
Wittlager Kreisblatt, 2009
A century ago, the Vatican declared that the saxophone ‘gave reasonable concern for scandal’. After hearing the magnificent sonic.art saxophone quartet, you’ll realise the real scandal is how neglected this wonderfully versatile instrument has been by classical composers until relatively recently. The quartet will showcase the saxophone in all its glory on a Music Network tour from 6 – 13 November in a programme including J.S. Bach, Philip Glass, György Ligeti, Astor Piazzolla and David Fennessy. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices in venues around Ireland, and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. Music Network is funded by the Arts Council. This tour has been supported by the Goethe Institut. Further information from (01) 671 9429 or www.musicnetwork.ie.
The saxophone is a curious beast: sounding one minute like an oboe, the next like a trumpet, a French horn or a violin. Place four in the hands of the sonic.art saxophone quartet, and the effect is both magical and wondrously musical. Ravel – who reportedly said, ‘My string quartet should sound like a saxophone’ – would have approved.
Since its inception in 2005, the sonic.art saxophone quartet featuring Ruth Velte (soprano saxophone), Alexander Doroshkevich (alto saxophone), Adrian Tully (tenor saxophone) and Annegret Schmiedl (baritone saxophone), has built a unique and thrilling repertoire, collaborating with composers such as Sophia Gubaidulina, Helmut Lachenmann, Walter Zimmermann and Fabien Lévy as well as performing works by the likes of Philip Glass and Michael Nyman.
A favourite with audiences and critics alike, the group has toured extensively in Europe, Asia, America and Africa, performing in such prestigious venues as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonic and Osaka’s Izumi Hall. En route it has picked up a slew of awards, including First Prize and the Grand Prize of the International Chamber Music Competition for New Music in Cracow, Poland, the German Music Competition Award and Switzerland's Classical Music Award.
J. S. Bach, Italian Concert
Philip Glass, String Quartet Nr3 (Mishima)
György Ligeti, 6 Bagatelles
David Fennessy, Neon
Astor Piazzolla Histoires, du Tango
On Tour: Tuesday 6 November DUBLIN (Goethe Institut, 37 Merrion Square East, 8pm),Thursday 8 November WATERFORD (The Large Room, City Hall, 8pm), Friday 9November DROGHEDA (Droichead Arts Centre, 8:30pm), Saturday 10 November BIRR (Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, 8pm), Sunday 11 November NEWBRIDGE (Riverbank Arts Centre, 8pm), Monday 12 November CLIFDEN (Station House Theatre, 8pm), Tuesday 13 November GALWAY (Aula Maxima, NUI, 8pm)
Full tour details here.