Signum Saxophone Quartet

Signum Saxophone Quartet
april 28, 2014
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    With youthful energy, persuasive talent and unusual ideas the SIGNUM saxophone quartet has brought a much fresher wind of change to European concert halls and festivals for several years.
    No matter where the SIGNUM quartet is playing either in the Carnegie Hall NY or on the snow-covered mountain peaks of the Dolomites the SIGNUMs’ experimental joy and versatility is certainly not only reflected in their extraordinary programme. The four young musicians are to be heard in classical quartet formations and keep on creating exciting, never seen joint arrangements with inspiring sounds. Playing with superior ease and mostly without notes this young ensemble uses this gain in freedom also for creative choreography and productions within its sphere of activity. As fair players the saxophonists support in an honorary capacity the Education project „Rhapsody in School“ – for the audience of tomorrow.

    The four musicians Blaž Kemperle, Erik Nestler, Alan Lužar and David Brand met in Cologne where they founded the SIGNUM saxophone quartet in 2006. The saxophonists have studied in Cologne, Vienna and Amsterdam; the quartet is particularly influenced and inspired by the Quatuor Ébène, Artemis Quartet and Gabor Takács-Nágy.
    Award-winning at international competitions amongst others in Lugano and Berlin SIGNUM nowadays plays in concert halls and on festivals all over Europe. In 2013 they made their debut in the Carnegie Hall NY. A very special and remarkable achievement was the prize „Rising Stars 2014/2015“ awarded by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO).
    Since the season 2013/14 SIGNUM has worked with Folkert Uhde (ION/Radialsystem Berlin) in a production of Bach’s Art of Fugue as well as with the cellist Mario Brunello. Furthermore they have made solo arrangements with various orchestras (Bob Mintzer, Rhythm of the Americas). A special concern of the quartet is focussed on the cooperation with the Grammy winner Chilly Gonzales.
    In 2015 SIGNUM will give concerts in venues like: Barbican Centre London, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles, Teatro della pergola Florence, Gulbenkian Lisbon, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Philharmonic Hall Luxembourg, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Philharmonic Hall Cologne, then in Porto, Birmingham, Ljubljana, Belgrade and Budapest, by the end of the year at the BASF, in the Grand Philharmonic Hall St Petersburg, Philharmonia Moscow and Tonhalle Zurich. In 2015 they are also present at the “Folle Journée“ in Nantes with a total of 18 concerts, as well as at the Schwetzingen Festival, MDR Musiksommer, Schleswig Holstein Festival and the Art Festival Weimar.The first CD of the quartet „DEBUT“ was launched in 2011 including works of Grieg, Ravel, Bartók and Schostakowitsch realized by the label ARE; a second CD will be released in 2015.

    The group SIGNUMfive (=SIGNUM saxophone quartet + accordion + drums) having its roots in classical music, folklore and jazz shows the open-mindedness and experimental joy of the young artists. Influenced by Latin and Balkan folk the young musicians develop their own individual style. Thanks to this recipe for success the “young and wild” artists bursting with energy enchant the audience with a unique performance whenever they appear on stage! The first CD of SIGNUMfive was released in December 2014.

    “Virtuoso”, “Extravagant”, “Touching”, “Thrilling”
    SIGNUM - celebrated by the European press.

    Signum-NEW

    • Blaž Kemperle, soprano saxophone
    • Erik Nestler, alto saxophone
    • Alan Lužar, tenor saxophone
    • David Brand, baritone saxophone

    Photos made by nadine targiel photo/graphics

  • With youthful energy, persuasive talent and unusual ideas the SIGNUM saxophone quartet has brought a much fresher wind of change to European concert halls and festivals for several years.
    No matter where the SIGNUM quartet is playing either in the Carnegie Hall NY or on the snow-covered mountain peaks of the Dolomites the SIGNUMs’ experimental joy and versatility is certainly not only reflected in their extraordinary programme. The four young musicians are to be heard in classical quartet formations and keep on creating exciting, never seen joint arrangements with inspiring sounds. Playing with superior ease and mostly without notes this young ensemble uses this gain in freedom also for creative choreography and productions within its sphere of activity. As fair players the saxophonists support in an honorary capacity the Education project „Rhapsody in School“ – for the audience of tomorrow.

    The four musicians Blaž Kemperle, Erik Nestler, Alan Lužar and David Brand met in Cologne where they founded the SIGNUM saxophone quartet in 2006. The saxophonists have studied in Cologne, Vienna and Amsterdam; the quartet is particularly influenced and inspired by the Quatuor Ébène, Artemis Quartet and Gabor Takács-Nágy.
    Award-winning at international competitions amongst others in Lugano and Berlin SIGNUM nowadays plays in concert halls and on festivals all over Europe. In 2013 they made their debut in the Carnegie Hall NY. A very special and remarkable achievement was the prize „Rising Stars 2014/2015“ awarded by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO).
    Since the season 2013/14 SIGNUM has worked with Folkert Uhde (ION/Radialsystem Berlin) in a production of Bach’s Art of Fugue as well as with the cellist Mario Brunello. Furthermore they have made solo arrangements with various orchestras (Bob Mintzer, Rhythm of the Americas). A special concern of the quartet is focussed on the cooperation with the Grammy winner Chilly Gonzales.
    In 2015 SIGNUM will give concerts in venues like: Barbican Centre London, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles, Teatro della pergola Florence, Gulbenkian Lisbon, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Philharmonic Hall Luxembourg, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Philharmonic Hall Cologne, then in Porto, Birmingham, Ljubljana, Belgrade and Budapest, by the end of the year at the BASF, in the Grand Philharmonic Hall St Petersburg, Philharmonia Moscow and Tonhalle Zurich. In 2015 they are also present at the “Folle Journée“ in Nantes with a total of 18 concerts, as well as at the Schwetzingen Festival, MDR Musiksommer, Schleswig Holstein Festival and the Art Festival Weimar.The first CD of the quartet „DEBUT“ was launched in 2011 including works of Grieg, Ravel, Bartók and Schostakowitsch realized by the label ARE; a second CD will be released in 2015.

    The group SIGNUMfive (=SIGNUM saxophone quartet + accordion + drums) having its roots in classical music, folklore and jazz shows the open-mindedness and experimental joy of the young artists. Influenced by Latin and Balkan folk the young musicians develop their own individual style. Thanks to this recipe for success the “young and wild” artists bursting with energy enchant the audience with a unique performance whenever they appear on stage! The first CD of SIGNUMfive was released in December 2014.

    “Virtuoso”, “Extravagant”, “Touching”, “Thrilling”
    SIGNUM - celebrated by the European press.

    Signum-NEW

    • Blaž Kemperle, soprano saxophone
    • Erik Nestler, alto saxophone
    • Alan Lužar, tenor saxophone
    • David Brand, baritone saxophone

    Photos made by nadine targiel photo/graphics

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