Other concerts will be announced at a later date.

STARRY NIGHT

FR 31 MAR 2023

7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Salle de musique / avenue Léopold-Robert 27, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Signum saxophone quartet

Alexej Gerassimez
multi-percussionnist

Blaž Kemperle, soprano saxophon
Hayrapet Arakelyan, alto saxophon
Alan Lužar, tenor saxophon
Guerino Bellarosa, baritone saxophon

STARRY NIGHT

Five young musicians create soundscapes that no one has ever explored before as they embark on a Star Trek-like journey.

Percussionist Alexej Gerassimez and the SIGNUM saxophone quartet are all highly acclaimed performers and universalists of the young classical music scene. These are five virtuosos who love to break down barriers between concert and performance, between styles and genres and between composition and improvisation.

Crossing borders is also the central focus of the programme which the multi-percussionist and four saxophonists have conceived together. Familiar classics such as Holst’s “Planets” are followed by contemporary works by Alexej Gerassimez (“Rebirth”) and Steve Martland (“Starry Night”) and by a new piece specially commissioned from the New Zealand composer John Psathas. Cosmic sound tracks by John Williams rub shoulders with fire crackers from the world of rock music (AC/DC). The theatrically choreographed work “Bad Touch“ and a series of moderations define the concert cosmos.

In putting together their set list, the musicians have sought inspiration from the major questions facing mankind. Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? Their music takes the audience on a trip deep into space and right into the heart of our subconscious, where we confront our fears, dreams and yearnings.

In short, the concert becomes a spatial experience which appeals to all ages and all types of audience – exciting and soothing, surprising and familiar, romantic and rocking, grounded and other worldly.

Alexej Gerassimez (1987) Rebirth
for percussion and saxophone quartet

Gustav Holst (1874-1934) The Planets
Transcription for percussion and saxophone quartet, by Hugo Van Rechem

Uranus
Venus
Jupiter

Casey Cangelosi Bad Touch

John Williams (1932) Flying Theme (E.T.)
Arrangement for saxophone quartet and percussion by Alexej Gerassimez

Break

Alexej Gerassimez (1987) Asventuras
for Snare Drum Solo

Steve Martland (1954-2013) Starry Night
Transcription for percussion and saxophone quartet

AC/DC (Angus Young, Malcolm Young) Thunderstruck
Transcription for percussion and saxophone quartet by SIGNUM saxophone quartet

John Psathas (1966) Connectome (2019)
Commission piece for Alexej Gerassimez and SIGNUM saxophone quartet

Pashupatastra
Farewell to Flesh
Rom in Space

SURPRISE

FR 2 JUN 2023

7:45 pm – 10 pm
Salle de musique / avenue Léopold-Robert 27, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Grigory Sokolov
piano

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