The Saxophone, Voice of Sax, has a rather extensive family of instruments with an inexhaustible colour spectrum. From the sparkling high sopranino, via the well-known soprano, alto, tenor and baritone, to the roaring fat sound of the bass saxophone.
The Netherlands Saxophone Octet, founded in 2014, plays the invention of Adolphe Sax as an orchestra and ventures into arrangements of all kinds of line-ups. Among other things, they received the right from the Schönberg Foundation to adapt and perform the fantastic Verklärte Nacht. The same goes for Simeon ten Holt's Canto Ostinato.
They gave concerts during the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Festival Wonderfeel and Festival Oranjewoud, in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and at the Manana Manana Festival. In November 2019 NS8 presented its first compact disc in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
The Nederlands Saxofoon Octet (NS8) features Lisa Wyss, soprano saxophone, David Cristobal Litago, soprano saxophone, Dineke Nauta, alto saxophone, Tom Sanderman, alto saxophone, Jenita Veurink, tenor saxophone, Nina van Helvert, tenor saxophone, Juan Manuel Dominguez, baritone saxophone, Marijke Schröer, bass saxophone.
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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.
The 'Super Action 80 Series II' baritone offers excellent consistency of sound over the whole register, without break-up between low and high notes.
It develops a particularly warm and mellow tone, thus sublimating the features characteristic to this instrument.
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.