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Amstel Quartet brings Saxophone Sound to Montalvo

Amstel Quartet brings Saxophone Sound to Montalvo

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Contact:
 
Leah
 
Ammon,
 
(408)
 
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5814
 
April
 
2,
 
2012
 
lammon@montalvoarts.org
 
The
 
Amstel
 
Quartet
 
brings
 
Saxophone
 
Sound
 
to
 
Montalvo
 
 Award 
winning,
 
internationally 
 
renowned 
 
saxophone
 
quartet 
 
 performs
 
 April 
 
22
 
“Nothing
 
short
 
of 
 
astounding…a
 
brilliant
 
ensemble”
 
“The
 
best
 
saxophone
 
quartet
 
in
 
the
 
world”
 
Fanfare
 
Magazine
 
Dutch
 
Radio
 
1
 
Above,
 
left
 
to
 
right:
 
Bas
 
Apswoude
 
(tenor
 
saxophone),
 
Olivier
 
Sliepen
 
(alto
 
saxophone),
 
Ties
 
Mellema
 
(baritone
 
saxophone),
 
and
 
Remko
 
Jek
 
(soprano
 
saxophone)
 
are
 
the
 
Amstel
 
Quartet.
 
SARATOGA,
 
Calif.
 –
 
A
 
group
 
of 
 
musical
 
pioneers,
 
the
 
Amstel
 
Quartet
 
is
 
one
 
of 
 
the
 
most
 
accomplished
 
and
 
widely
admired
 
quartets
 
of 
 
saxophonists
 
in
 
the
 
world.
 
In
 
concert,
 
they
 
are
 
consummate
 
performers
 
displaying
 
a
 
natural,
 
engaging
 
showmanship
 
and
 
an
 
exquisite
 
clarity
 
of 
 
sound
 
that
 
brings
 
audiences
 
to
 
their
 
feet.
 
They
 
will
 
showcase
 
their
 
remarkable
 
abilities
 
at
 
the
 
Montalvo
 
Arts
 
Center
 
on
 
Sunday,
 
April
 
22,
 
at
 
3pm
.
 
Tickets
 
may
 
be
 
purchased
 
through
 
the
 
Montalvo
 
Box
 
Office
 
or
 
via
 
Ticketmaster.com.
 
This
 
performance,
 
part
 
of 
 
the
 
Montalvo
 
Villa
 
Chamber
 
Music
 
Series,
 
will
 
give
 
audience
 
members
 
the
 
opportunity
 
to
 
enjoy
 
fine
 
chamber
 
music
 
on
 
a
 
Sunday
 
afternoon
 
in
 
the
 
serenity
 
and
 
elegant
 
charm
 
of 
 
the
 
Grand
 
Hall
 
in
 
Montalvo’s
 
Historic
 
Villa.
 
 
Page
 
2
 
of 
 
3
 
The
 
saxophone
 
is,
 
relatively
 
speaking,
 
a
 
young
 
musical
 
instrument:
 
invented
 
in
 
the
 
1840s
 
by
 
Belgian
 
instrument
 
maker
 
Adolphe
 
Sax,
 
it
 
is
 
hundreds
 
of 
 
years
 
younger
 
than
 
the
 
violin
 
and
 
the
 
harpsichord,
 
thousands
 
of 
 
years
 
younger
 
than
 
the
 
flute
 
and
 
the
 
drums.
 
Certain
 
preeminent
 
composers
 
of 
 
the
 
20
th
 
and
 
21
st
 
centuries
 
have
 
recognized
 
its
 
melodic
 
potential,
 
and
 
written
 
major
 
pieces
 
specifically
 
for
 
the
 
saxophone,
 
including
 
Claude
 
Debussy,
 
György
 
Ligeti,
 
Philip
 
Glass,
 
Michael
 
Nyman,
 
Peteris
 
Vask
 
and
 
Arvo
 
Pärt.
 
Like
 
their
 
chosen
 
instruments,
 
Amstel
 
Quartet
 
members
 
Bas
 
Apswoude
,
 
Olivier
 
Sliepen
,
 
Ties
 
Mellema
,
 
and
 
Remko
 
Jek
,
 
are
 
relatively
 
young
 
musicians
 
whose
 
musical
 
potential,
 
nonetheless,
 
has
 
been
 
enthusiastically
 
recognized.
 
They
 
have
 
been
 
performing
 
together
 
as
 
a
 
group
 
since
 
1997,
 
when
 
they
 
met
 
while
 
touring
 
with
 
the
 
Dutch
 
National
 
Youth
 
Orchestra.
 
Each
 
member
 
a
 
passionate
 
and
 
talented
 
musicians
 
in
 
his
 
own
 
right,
 
they
 
were
 
were
 
galvanized
 
by
 
their
 
desire
 
to
 
push
 
the
 
boundaries
 
of 
 
conventional
 
saxophone
 
repertoire
 
and
 
raise
 
awareness
 
and
 
appreciation
 
for
 
the
 
instrument.
 
They
 
decided
 
to
 
name
 
their
 
ensemble
 
after
 
the
 
Amstel
 
River,
 
which
 
flows
 
through
 
the
 
center
 
of 
 
Amsterdam,
 
to
 
reflect
 
their
 
approach
 
to
 
music
making:
 
ever
evolving
 
and
 
self 
renewing,
 
the
 
river
 
reflects
 
through
 
its
 
own
 
watery
 
prism
 
the
 
energy,
 
history,
 
and
 
life
 
taking
 
place
 
on
 
its
 
banks.
 
For
 
their
 
repertoire,
 
the
 
quartet
 
augments
 
compositions
 
specifically
 
for
 
saxophone
 
with
 
their
 
own
 
reworkings
 
of 
 
chamber
 
music,
 
giving
 
fresh
 
life
 
to
 
classical
 
material.
 
They
 
also
 
frequently
 
collaborate
 
with
 
artists
 
from
 
other
 
disciplines,
 
including
 
dance,
 
musical
 
theatre,
 
mime,
 
and
 
cinema,
 
to
 
discover
 
new
 
musical
 
opportunities.
 
They
 
have
 
toured
 
extensively
 
all
 
over
 
the
 
United
 
States
 
and
 
Europe,
 
performing
 
in
 
such
 
venues
 
as
 
the
 
Weill
 
Recital
 
Hall
 
at
 
Carnegie
 
Hall
 
and
 
the
 
Merkin
 
Concert
 
Hall
 
in
 
New
 
York,
 
the
 
Concertgebouw
 
in
 
Amsterdam,
 
Vredenburg
 
in
 
Utrecht,
 
the
 
Stadtkirche
 
in
 
Darmstadt.
 
They
 
have
 
been
 
honored
 
with
 
a
 
number
 
of 
 
prestigious
 
international
 
prizes,
 
including
 
Concert
 
Artists
 
Guild
 
Management
 
Award,
 
The
 
Kersjes
 
Prize,
 
the
 
Gaudeamus
 
Interpreters
 
Concours
 
and
 
the
 
Hemke
 
Prize
 
for
 
Chamber
 
Music.
 
To
 
date,
 
they
 
have
 
recorded
 
seven
 
CDs.
 
THE
 
AMSTEL
 
QUARTET
 
What:
 
Concert
 
by
 
innovative
 
Dutch
 
saxophone
 
quartet
 
When:
 
Sunday,
 
April
 
22,
 
at
 
3pm
 
Where:
 
The
 
Historic
 
Villa
 
at
 
the
 
Montalvo
 
Arts
 
Center
 

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