Daniel
Kientzy

Kientzy is an artist dedicated to contemporary music creation. His instruments are the complete family of 7 saxophones, from sopranino to the real contrabass saxophone. To this already rich panoply he adds: the potential of electroacoustics as well as the studio-recording considered as a musical instrument in its own right.

More than 700 works have been written for Kientzy. This singular repertoire, for all 7 saxophones, includes concertos with large orchestra, concertinos with ensembles of unusual instrumental diversity often unique, solo pieces, chamber music in instrumental combinations as varied as unexpected (of which only 2 pieces are for saxophone and piano), electroacoustic works

To this repertoire of more than 700 compositions, are added, in recordings, dozens of works of absolute improvisation, always in a classical-contemporary language. Many of these works have already been published in world premiere recordings on more than 100 CDs, cassettes and LPs in various countries of Europe, America and Asia. All these published recordings and many more unpublished ones are broadcast randomly and 24 hours a day on www.radiokientzy-saxophonetotal.com.

For lack of interest and even more for lack of time, Kientzy, so to speak, has never taught. However, his contribution to the pedagogy of music and saxophone is far from negligible. Among other publications, two of his major publications are Les Sons Multiples aux Saxophones and Saxologie. These two books discuss and disclose the foundations of the contemporary saxophone. For a long time, these works have been consulted by composers all over the world and have influenced their compositions for saxophone (s).

His perpetual research for a permanent expansion of musical expression led him to invent and name dozens of new playing techniques and audio or formal concepts (Saxalpin, Libranche, Saxnay, Organo-acousmatie, Méta-camméralité, Enneaphonie, etc. ...). Among the most recent, we can mention those of Saxophone-total, Archi-sax, Phonostück...

In recent years, Kientzy has devoted himself almost exclusively to his studio musical productions, essentially in his own studio. Currently, this completely equipped professional studio is installed at the MaMMuCK, ie the Maison Musée du Musicien Contemporain Kientzy.

Photo credits: H. Nitu - P. Deby

Instruments
played
Sopranino Saxophone
Super Action 80 Series II sopranino saxophone
Soprano Saxophone
Series III soprano

The Series III Soprano ensures greater playability, particularly as regards pitch and blowing.

The blowing emission of its high register extended to high G has been largely facilitated. Selecting a straight or curved neck allows to get well acquainted with it.

Alto Saxophone
Series III alto

The 'Series III' Alto is no doubt the most performing of our catalogue. It is a very accurate model in terms of tuning and emission. It offers a great richness of tone.

Tenor Saxophone
Series III Tenor

The 'Series III' Tenor has marked, when released in 1997, an actual revival of the great playing flexibility of the old models. This gives it an ease of playing very much appreciated by saxophonists of all levels.

Baritone Saxophone
Series III Baritone

Developed in collaboration with Gilles Tressos (Quatuor Hanabera), the 'Series III' baritone is a very well tuned instrument, rich in overtones, consistent over the whole register with fluid transfers.

This instrument with a warm tone 'unfolds' a centered, flexible and subtle sound, which suits each type of repertoire in the lineage of the 'Series III' saxophones. 

Its perfectly mastered ergonomics gives an impression of stupendous agility unique to the baritone. It weighs 300 grammes less than the 'Series II'.

Bass Saxophone
Super Action 80 Series II Bass

Its design and acoustic features enable it to be more than just a 'support' instrument and to play more in overtones as well as any other instrument with a more conventional range. It offers a real technical virtuosity through optimized ergonomics.

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