Artist: Alexej Gerassimez, SIGNUM saxophone quartet
Album: Starry Night
Release Date: 2021
Audio Format: FLAC (tracks) 24bit, 48 kHz
Total Tracks: 11
Total Size: 578 MB
02. Alexej Gerassimez – Rebirth: II. A Vision of Purpose (02:52)
03. Alexej Gerassimez – Connectome: I. Pashupatastra (03:49)
04. Alexej Gerassimez – Connectome: II. Farewell to the Flesh (07:16)
05. Alexej Gerassimez – Connectome: III. Rom in Space (06:48)
06. Alexej Gerassimez – E.T.: Flying Theme (Arr. For Percussion and Saxophone Quartet) (03:53)
07. Alexej Gerassimez – Star Wars: Cantina Band (Arr. For Percussion and Saxophone Quartet) (04:06)
08. Alexej Gerassimez – The Planets, Op. 32: Uranus (Arr. For Percussion and Saxophone Quartet) (06:07)
09. Alexej Gerassimez – The Planets, Op. 32: Venus (Arr. For Percussion and Saxophone Quartet) (08:32)
10. Alexej Gerassimez – The Planets, Op. 32: Jupiter (Arr. For Percussion and Saxophone Quartet) (08:21)
11. Alexej Gerassimez – Clair de Lune (Arr. for Percussion and Saxophone Quartet) (04:35)
Musically, the pieces lead us into deep space, but also into the depths of human subconsciousness – into our dreams, fears and longings. A realm of contrasting experiences opens up, familiar and amazing, comforting and stimulating, romantic and other-worldly.
“Starry Night” presents a many-faceted programme, including the composition “Rebirth” by Gerassimez and the commissioned work “Connectome” by New Zealand composer John Psathas, which explores three future scenarios for humankind in its three movements. Will the human race one day overcome its seemingly insoluble social problems, leave planet Earth and populate outer space?
The arranged John Williams pieces “Flying Theme” from the film E.T. and “Cantina Band” from Star Wars are just as extra-terrestrial in their musical ambience. Further destinations on this journey into space embrace the heavenly bodies Uranus, Venus and Jupiter from Gustav Holst’s suite “The Planets”. Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” brings Alexej Gerassimez and the SIGNUM saxophone quartet back to earth, from which they look up into the sky again at what they have just experienced.
The five musicians are universalists of the new classical era. Gerassimez is as musically versatile as his instruments. He captures our imagination with a repertoire that ranges from Classical through Jazz to Minimal. His own compositions are characterized by idiosyncratic sounds and the love of breaking through sound barriers. The SIGNUM saxophone quartet is powered by new challenges and just such encounters of the musical kind as are to be heard on“Starry Night”. The multi-prizewinning ensemble plays on the great stages of this world – as a quartet, with choir, with orchestra or in the family show they created themselves.