Melisma Saxophone Quartet

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)

The musical conversation and exchange amongst each other is what interests us most and keeps our interpretations fresh.

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D'instruments
Saxophone Alto
Alto Référence

C'est le succès du célèbre modèle Mark VI qui a largement inspiré la conception de l'alto Reference. Saxophone capable de procurer une grande largeur de son en conservant la rondeur, caractéristique des modèles historiques. C’est un modèle qui allie la tradition acoustique et la facture moderne. Il est doté d’un pavillon légèrement plus long, pour ouvrir les graves et procurer une meilleure justesse.

Saxophone Soprano
Soprano Série III

Le soprano Série III rend le soprano plus facile à jouer, plus juste et plus confortable ergonomiquement. L'émission de son registre aigu, qui est étendu jusqu'au sol aigu, a été grandement facilité. Le choix entre les bocaux courbe et droit permet de se l'approprier plus facilement.

Saxophone Baryton
Baryton La Super Action 80 Série II

Le baryton "Super Action 80 Série II" offre une excellente homogénéité du son sur toute la tessiture, sans rupture entre le grave et l'aigu.

Il développe une sonorité particulièrement chaude et veloutée, sublimant ainsi les caractéristiques propres à cet instrument.

Saxophone Tenor
Ténor Série III

Le Ténor "Série III" a marqué, quand il est sorti en 1997, un vrai retour à la grande souplesse de jeu des modèles anciens. Ce qui lui confère une facilité de jeu très appréciée par les saxophonistes de tous niveaux.

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