A debut CD of the Dutch Saxophone Octet with Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt in the unique arrangement for eight saxophonists. This year the Dutch Saxophone Octet exists for 5 years. Reason for a special project. Recording and releasing a CD has been on our wish list for a number of years…
Consider to support them
Renting the recording location, recording, post-processing, shaping and pressing the CD costs a lot of money. With a donation we can make this project a success. The Saxophone Octet would like to give something in return. On the right-hand side of the crowdfunding page at Voordekunst of the page one will find nice gifts such as a signed CD and for the true Canto connoisseurs: adopt the favorite section!
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. The octet would be happy to treat their sponsors to a live performance by Canto Ostinato.
About the Dutch Saxophone Octet
The Dutch Saxophone Octet was founded in Amsterdam in 2014 by a group of recently graduated saxophonists who wanted to look beyond the saxophone quartet. With the sopranino and bass saxophone and all sizes of saxophones in between, they as an ensemble have a wide range that lends itself to interesting arrangements from chamber music works to symphonies. For example, they received permission from the Schönberg Foundation to arrange and play Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht. They also regularly work with composers on contemporary music. They premiered Via Dolorosa by Bernard van Beurden and contributed to a major project in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. In the Netherlands they were guests at a variety of festivals such as the Grachtenfestival, Wonderfeel, Festival Classique, Mañana Mañana, Uitgast and CityProms.
One of the first arrangements that the 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 the octet is happy to share it with as many people as possible. Their Canto CD will be an addition to all existing Canto Ostinato recordings.
Thank you very much for your help!