This year the Dutch Saxophone Octet exists for 5 years. Reason for a special project! Recording and releasing a CD with ‘Canto Ostinato’ of Simeon ten Holt has been on their wishlist for a number of years. Please support this debut CD. To make this jubilee year an extra large party, the CD presentation will take place in the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on 12 November 2019…
One of the first arrangements that the Dutch Saxophone Octet played was that of Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt. Saxophonist Stefan de Wijs made the arrangement and received the approval of the heirs of Ten Holt.
Canto Ostinato consists of a carefully selected set of notes that develops through 8 mouths, along 16 hands and 80 fingers. In an organic way, rhythm and melody become more complex and again simple, noisier and again calm, emphatic and serene again. The musicians follow each other or take a different initiative in an apparently endless game.
Canto Ostinato is perhaps the most popular composition from the Netherlands. The piece is in the top ten of the Heart and Soul List of Radio 4 every year. In 2018 it was number five and the Dutch Saxophone Octet was invited to give a live performance during the Heart and Soul Festival in TivoliVredenburg. The fact that they received dozens of enthusiastic e-mails from listeners afterwards indicates how much this Canto of air and keys is appreciated.
Their adaptation of Canto Ostinato is unique and they are happy to share it with as many people as possible. Their Canto CD will be an addition to all existing Canto Ostinato recordings.