For more than 24 years, Sonsax has been exploring the qualities and possibilities of the saxophone and percussion, instruments that, thanks to their versatility, allow to play all the styles and rhythms that exist in the different musical languages of the world. The Montreal International Jazz Festival describes: "The Costa Rican group Sonsax is a 'world saxophone quartet' in every sense of the word. The saxophone part is made up of the four main members of the family (baritone, tenor, alto, soprano - plus percussion), and the sound can be from anywhere: sometimes cool, sometimes frenetic, sometimes casual, sometimes purely funk - and always with enough Latin flavour to make you dance or dream."
Sonsax has become one of the most influential saxophone ensembles in Latin America, giving hundreds of concerts in countries such as Russia, Croatia, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, France, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Central America, among others.
Sonsax has released 4 recordings and one DVD of exceptional breadth and creativity, making numerous appearances in various radio and television programs in Latin America, and has presented internships and master classes in many universities around the world.
- Dr. Javier Valerio, soprano and alto saxophones, director
- Harold Guillén, alto saxophone
- Pablo Sandí, baritone saxophone
- Arturo Castro, tenor saxophone
- Manrique Méndez, percussionist
Over the years, Henri SELMER Paris saxophones have given Sonsax the confidence to explore their versatility in different styles of music, from classical to Latin, from funk to contemporary, with great consistency in sound and projection.
Sonsax members play the Supreme alto saxophone, latest release in the Henri SELMER Paris range.
Audio : Merengue Rondo by Norman Calderon - Sonsax for Orchestra
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.
After 100 years of innovation, design, and manufacturing of the saxophone, Henri SELMER Paris redefines the modern identity of the alto saxophone with the Supreme.
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.
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'.