The Melisma Saxophone Quartet is one of the most ambitious and promising chamber music formations of its generation. The quartet’s international synergy of four different nationalities has allowed the group to develop a unique musical language whilst consistently dazzling audiences with their refreshing brand of musical interpretation.
Since the quartet’s genesis in 2009 in Amsterdam, the quartet has performed in numerous concert series and been invited to a host of festivals all over Europe. This remarkable list includes the 1st Bach Festival Dordrecht (The Netherlands), Davos Festival (Switzerland) and the Grieg in Bergen Festival (Norway). The quartet’s performances have been recorded and broadcast by the Swiss radio SRF2, the Dutch Radio4 and Mexican radio IMER, often direct from concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Schouwburg Rotterdam and the Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht.
“The Melisma Saxophone Quartet is able to offer everything that a 21st century chamber ensemble needs to succeed: alongside flawless technical prowess and an outstanding quality of sound, the four young, charismatic saxophonists radiate the unbridled joy of music making, the sensitivity of ensemble and a passion that is thoroughly captivating on the concert stage.” - Graziella Contratto, Davos Festival Artistic Director 2007/2013
The Melisma Saxophone Quartet also maintains a presence beyond the European continent. In Summer 2016 they toured Mexico working with the Mexican composer Enrique Mendoza. In April 2015 the quartet performed its Chinese debut playing to capacity audiences at the NCPA National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing, the Shenzhen Concert Hall and the Guangzhou Opera House, among others. A comprehensive concert tour throughout China was repeated in summer 2018.
In May 2011, the four musicians were invited to the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, the first ever Dutch ensemble to compete in this, one of the most important competitions for chamber music worldwide. The internationally renowned jury awarded the quartet four “Honourable Mentions” in the final round of the competition.
“The outstanding Melisma Quartet offers musical interpretations that are fresh, dynamic and profound. The success of this winning ensemble is the logical result of excellent soloists who afford the fine amalgamation of musical intensity over a long period of time.” - Professor Reinhold Friedrich, Member of the Jury and renowned trumpeter.
Melisma’s debut album was released on Gateway Music (Denmark) in 2015 with music by J. S. Bach, E. Grieg, G. Ligeti and the Dutch composer Guillermo Lago.
With Marijke Schröer (alto saxophone) - David Cristobal Litago (soprano saxophone) - Jonas Tschanz (baritone saxophone) - Henriette Jensen (tenor saxophone)
It is the success of the famous Mark VI model that has widely inspired the design of the Alto Reference. Capable of giving an ample sound while keeping its roundness, characteristic of the historic models. It is a model which combines acoustic tradition and modern manufacturing. It is equipped with a bell slightly longer to open the low notes and produce a better tuning.
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.
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.