Quasar Saxophone Quartet performs two works by Wolf Edwards: Iskra(2002) and Torque(2022) at F.M.A.V. !
FRIDAY MAY 20
ÉGLISE ST-CHRISTOPHE D’ARTHABASKA
1 PM – $ 28
Marie-Chantal Leclair : saxophone soprano
Jean-Marc Bouchard : saxophone baryton
Mathieu Leclair : saxophone alto
André Leroux : saxophone ténor
The QUASAR saxophone quartet is benefiting from great recognition on the international stage, commanding stability, and an unquenchable thirst for new music. At age 28, the ensemble is now firmly established as one of the world’s leading contemporary music sax quartets. It is very active in work commissioning and creative residences, putting a lot of resources into training and helping young composers.
For its 2022 appearance, QUASAR has selected in its vast repertoire an exclusive, brilliantly diverse, all-acoustic program tailor-fit to the St-Christophe d’Arthabaska Church. We will be treated to Iannis Xenakis’s sole composition for saxophone “XAS”, from 1987. The other works on offer are all much more recent. Quebec will be represented with “Cathédrale-Lumière” by Analia Llugdar, an Argentinian composer who has been living in Montréal for the past 20 years. There will also be a few North American and Quebec premieres, including works by Sascha Etezazi (Germany) and Donald J. Stewart (USA), and two works by hardcore guitar player turned contemporary music composer Wolf Edwards.
A smorgasbord of music to stimulate, confound and seduce everyone!
On the Web
Vertix Sonora performs Torque-March 27th & 28th, 2022 livestream available!
Vertixe Sonora(Coruna, Spain) will be performing Torque, a new work for saxophone quartet twice this month. For more information, and to see the livestream of this concert, please see the following links!
Note: Torque begins at 00:40:06 (approx.)in the stream.
Concert streaming link for Sunday, March 27th: https://youtu.be/t7_0vOCw-vQ
Vertixe Sonora webpage and concert information: https://vertixesonora.gal/
SALT New Music Festival
Live Streaming Concerts and Torque Premiere
7-8 January 2022 Victoria, BC and online
Tsilumos Ensemble is pleased to present the 2022 edition of SALT New Music Festival in collaboration with Victoria Composers Collective and Quasar Saxophone Quartet.
Four of Wolf Edwards’ works will be performed at the upcoming SALT New Music Fesitval:
Um allein zu kämpfen – performed by Liam Hockley, Friday January 7th, 2:30 PM (PST)
Torque – new work performed by the Quasar Saxophone Quartet, Friday January 7th, 7 PM (PST)
The June 2nd Movement – performed by the Tsilumos Ensemble, Saturday January 8th, 7 PM (PST)
Civilian Death Toll – performed by the Tsilumos Ensemble, Saturday January 8th, 7 PM (PST)
The concerts will be held without an audience at the Philip T Young Recital hall, and livestreamed here. Join in the after-concert zoom discussions with the performers, composers, and other audience members 15-20 minutes after the concerts here. For more details and the full concert program, please visit the webpage of the festival or Facebook page.
At It Again! Wolf Edwards and the Quasar Saxophone Quartet
Composer Wolf Edwards and the Quasar Saxophone Quartet of Montreal celebrate their twenty year collaboration with a brand new composition entitled Torque (twisting force). This new work will be premiered in Victoria, BC at the bi-annual SALT Festival of Contemporary music (details TBA) this January. It will also be recorded this January for the composer’s upcoming portrait CD/vinyl record
Upcoming Portrait CD – Outer Planes: The Sound Compositions of Wolf Man Edwards Vol. I
To be recorded this January 6th, 7th, & 8th at the University of Victoria with sound engineer Paul Luchkov. This recording will mark the composer’s first ever portrait CD/vinyl release. The record will feature five works: Torque for saxophone quartet, The June 2nd Movement for chamber ensemble, Chains for solo electric guitar and electronics, Um Allien Zu Kampfen for solo bass clarinet and electronics, and Civilian Death Toll for two saxophones and percussion. The album includes performers who have commissioned , performed, and supported the composer’s work throughout his career. These performers include The Tsilumos Ensemble, The Quasar Saxophone Quartet, guitarist Adrian Verdejo, and clarinetist Liam Hockley.