:: LO QUE QUEDA
The remains of paradise.
“The remains of paradise ” was filmed in Tortuguero's national park, in the jungle zone of Costa Rica, 258 kilometers north-east of San José, capitol of Costa Rica, with the ocassion of the quartet being invited to the VIII International arts and culture Festival, in representation of chile.
Music and the natural beauty of the area are mixed in this document, wich invites us to reach deeply into the quartet's music search, all set in a magic, dream surroundings like there's very few left in the world.
Directed by: Gabriel Retes
Producer Executive: Gustavo Adolfo Becerra
Direction asistant: Lourdes Elizarrarás
Director of photography: Fernando Montero
Sound and photography asistant: Federico Sobrado
Asociate producer: Rodolfo Dada
Edition y Post-Production: Aleixo Goncalves
Script: Gustavo A. Becerra y Jaime Atenas
Art, photography and production Latin American Saxophone quartet: Jaime Atenas.
It is amazing the beautiful sounds combination that is generated from Adolfo Sax’s invention, the saxophone, when this instrument is played in a quartet. There all his colour and wonderful tonal scale is displayed, revealing each instrument personality.
Frontiers begins with the overture “The arrival of the Queen of Sabba”, from Haendel “Solomon” opera. It is an arrangement that fits magnificently with the contrapuntual dominant of the fragment.
The second piece introduces Jean Baptiste Singelée (1812-1875), a belgian composer and Sax´s friend, with “First Quartet” Op.53. That is hitherto the first play written for this combination in 1857. It has five movements and to its inspired Andante with mozartians reminiscences incorporates a playing Allegro with a determinant participation of the baritone saxophone.
The Allegro vivace has an extraordinary freshness and mobility and ends with an Allegro that states to the performers diverse technich difficulties because of its interlarded counterpoint.
The disc continues with “Quartet No.1 in three movements” of Bob Mintzer, northamerican contemporary composer attached to jazz. Planned in three movements, this is music of modern harmony, with dissonances and harmonys of sounds in fifth and seventh. It is a real challenge for the executants, specially for the acute refinement of its central movement “Slowly” with impressionistic airs, as Satie or Debussy.
It also includes “Three Preludes for Sax Quartet” of George Gershwin (arrangement of Wolfgang Schei) written for piano. The first movement “Allegro ben rimato e deciso” has the excellence of a blues. The second movement “Andante con Moto” remembers the famous “Rhapsody in Blue”, while the third one transpose to the tropic, to the confounding Brazil that also seduced Darius Milhaud. Here it is remarkable the absolute compenetration between the instrumentists, specially in some fragments that could well appear like improvisations.
Of Jean Rivier, who died in 1987, follows up “Grave y Presto”, an expressive piece that demands all the quartet sonorous pallete as well as the rigorousness in the tinges and in the tempo, full of passages with quick scales and arpeggios. It is said that this one is one of the most important scores in musical nature for saxophone quartets.
Finally. of Pierre Max Dubois it is included “Quartet for Saxophones”, written in 1956. The french composer died in 1995 and was disciple of Milhaud in Paris. This work has the french knavery and that pleasure for reed wind instruments with which France has created a real school. In three movements and one oberture, the play demands interpretative precission and elegance. It is considered as a materpiece of the repertory.
The musical effort showed by the Latinamerican Quartet of Saxophones is praiseful. Within few time “Frontiers” will be a precious piece collectable by those who admires this music.David Mandujano
“El Mercurio” Newspaper. Santiago, Chile.
Remarkable creation based on musical parameters characteristic of the sonorous universe tradicional in Chile.
Its a very difficult work for four saxophones played mastery bythe Latin American Saxophone Quartet. A treatment that means identities, most of all in its rythmics aspects.
The nine works has the same treatment : a more free introduction where the composer stamps a more personal spirit, producing an stylistic syncretism quite well achieved, in the opinion of chilean composer Luis Advis, to return then to the earth, the root, the simplicity, to the melodic beautifulness and folkloric source rythms.
Both “cuecas” are wonderful; one that suggests us the green valleys from the first Region of Chile in minor tonality ; and the other one in a major tonality that moves us to Valparaíso, to the “brave cueca” with is strength and extraordinary polirhythmic.
Furthermore it stands out the religious melodies from the Big North that remember us the desert dancers; the imaginative use of the saxophones, the imitation pifilca-saxs is very well achieved, the same happens with the Chilota Suite that keeps neatly rythms of the Rin and Pericona accents.
Within each theme sound theme atmosphere we can discover the diversity of man, woman and landscape.
National Arts award 1994
:: RODAJE DE
Development of a dream.
Development of a dream is the first Compact Disc recorder by the Latin American Saxophone Quartet, and one of the goals when the group was formed.
The recording was financed complety thanks to the important contribution of " Fondo de desarrollo de las Artes de Chile ", FONDART, who awarded their project : The Saxophone in Latin American Music, in 1996.
The importance of this recording resides in the fact that it is the first album made in Chile that shows the saxophone in an aspect different from that which one normally hears. It is common to ear the instrument in jazz and popular music , but it is totally unkown, at least in Chile, in chamber music.
With this album, the Latin American Saxophone Quartet continues the dream that was born in 1992, when the members joined and gave life to this group, which possesses a completely contemporary sound, which the public has understood in each of its performances, whether they be Primary students, Secondary or University students, or general public in Santiago and different regions of the country.
The repertoire was carefully selected from among some of the most renowned Latin American composers of this century, such as : ALFONSO LETELIER and VIOLETA PARRA of Chile, ALDEMARO ROMERO of Venezuela, ASTOR PIAZZOLLA of Argentina, PAQUITO DE RIVERA of Cuba and HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS of Brazil.Some of these works were composed especially for this type of group: " Saxophone Quartet", by ROMERO, and " Saxophone Quartet, Opus 28 ", by LETELIER .Others are adaptations made by their own authors, such as " Wapango ", by DE RIVERA, which is originally for Strings ; " History of Tango ", adapted by CLAUDE VORPY of France; Bachianas Brasileiras N¼ 5, composed for guitar and adapted by FRANK BONGIORNO ; and, finally, " El Gavilán ", creada for guitar and voice, and adapted by the Chilean master TOLY RAMIREZ. This last work shows a different facet of the creative genius of our VIOLETA PARRA, in one of her most elaborate and least known compositions.