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Calefax Reed Quintet

Calefax Reed Quintet


Reed Quintet

Celebrated not least for the invention of their original genre, the reed quintet, Calefax is known internationally for their virtuosic playing and their “pop” sensibility as they arrange, recompose and interpret music from eight centuries to suit their unique constellation. From early music to classical and jazz to world premières, in the hands of Calefax it all sounds fresh and new. The Amsterdam-based ensemble has received many prestigious awards, including the 1997 Philip Morris Arts Prize, the 2001 Kersjes van de Groenekan Prize, the 2005 VSCD Classical Music Award, and the 2012 German Junge Ohren Prize for the family musical show De Muziekfabriek. They perform frequently throughout Europe, as well as in Russia, China, India, Turkey, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, and the USA. The Times (UK) has called them “five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the reed quintet seem the best musical format on the planet.”

Calefax Reed Quintet has enjoyed collaborations with a wide range of renowned artists, including pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Ivo Janssen, Louis van Dijk and Michael Braam; violinists Liza Ferschtman and Claude Chalhoub; singers Christianne Stotijn, Helena Rasker, Nora Fischer and Denise Jannah; trombonist Christian Lindberg; trumpeter Marco Blaauw; percussionist Arnold Marinissen; clarinetist Kinan Azmeh; ensembles Jungle Boldie (formerly the Tony Overwater Trio), Zapp4, Cappella Amsterdam, Danel Quartet, the Nederlands Kamerkoor; choreographers Boukje Schweigman and Sanne van der Put; and visual artists Jaap Drupsteen and Wouter van Reek.

In addition to their performance for the soundtrack of the 2013 Dutch film De nieuwe wildernis, Calefax has released nineteen recordings, under the German label MDG as well as their own label, RIOJA Records, each garnering rave reviews from the international press. The Dutch newspapers De Telegraaf and De Volkskrant awarded Calefax five stars for their celebrated recording of the Goldberg Variations. Two of their recent recordings, The Roaring Twenties, with mezzo-soprano Cora Burggraaf, and On the Spot, with jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans, explore the world of jazz and improvisation. Paul Janssen with Luister music magazine wrote, “The wind quintet and Vloeimans create a sensational CD as if there are no borders between early and new music, no discographic categories separating jazz and classical genres; they embrace ethnic musical influences as if these have simply and at long last been given their fitting place within the whole.” Calefax’s CD, Romantic Kaleidoscope, was released in 2015, with the anniversary book Calefax en de Caleidoscoop,celebrating their 30th anniversary as an ensemble.

Recently Calefax began publishing sheet music of their most successful arrangements under the name Calefax Edition. As a result, new reed quintets have been formed in the Calefax tradition all over the world, including in Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, the United States, and Europe. Through masterclasses and workshops throughout the U.S. and Europe, including a Ted X Talk in Amsterdam, the Calefax musicians pass on their specific methods and musical experiences to coming generations. For musicians, as well as composers, for audiences and press alike, Calefax continues to be an inspiring chamber music laboratory with their annual PAN festival, hosting and performing a motley selection of music adventures. With their bold vision, the Calefax Reed Quintet remains inspirational for their innovative and original, contemporary yet timeless, interpretations of classical music.

From Bach to Shostakovich, the Calefax Reed Quintet makes a case for the art of transcription

“This was a tour de force performance that displayed the band’s versatility, technical mastery and interpretive skills to the fullest. Their compelling and convincing rendering emphasized the fluid lyricism and nuanced dynamics and expressive shadings of Bach’s original. The Calefax made the Goldberg Variations seems notably fresh in this retooling, the music springing to life with their vibrant and magnificent playing.”

– Edward Reichel, Utah Arts ReviewRelated Link

 

Hidden Gems – Pentatone | Released 06/01/2018


 

Romantic Kaleidoscope – RIOJA Records | Released 10/25/2015


 

Roaring Twenties – Challenge Classics | Released 09/15/2014


 

On the Spot – Buzz ZZ | Released 02/14/2014


 

Goldberg Variations – RIOJA Records | Released 02/20/2012


19 – 20 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: Nature
    Johann Wilhelm Wilms: Rondo ur Sinfonia a Grand Orchestre (6′)
    Franz Liszt: Années de Pelerinage Suisse (Years of Pilgrimage, Switzerland) (17′)
    Jean-Philippe Rameau: Le rappel des oiseaux (15’)
    -Intermission-
    Carola Bauckholt: Zugvögel (13′)
    Robert Schumann: Waldszenen op 82 (Forest Scenes)(21′)

    Program 2: Ode to Amsterdam
    Mozart: Quintet in c minor, KV 406 (23’)
    Franz Liszt: Années de Pelerinage Suisse (Years of Pilgrimage, Switzerland) (17’)
    -Intermission-
    Locatelli: Introduzione teatrale (6’)
    Henriette Bosmans: String Quartet (1927) (12’)
    Conlon Nancarrow: Studies for Player Piano No. 2 & No. 3c (6’)
    Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel (13’)

    Encore: Duke Ellington: Satin Doll (4’)

20 – 21 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: A Century Ago
    Debussy – Preludes
    Webern – Variationen, Op. 27
    Janacek – In de Mist
    Sigfrid Karl-Elert – A Cycle of Eight Short Pieces, Op. 124
    Willem Pijper – 2 Sonatines

    Program 2: The Triptych Bach
    Bach – Goldberg Variations
    Bach – The Art of Fugue
    Bach – The Musical Offering

    Program 3: 35 Big Years
    Aleksandr Skrjabin – Etudes
    Nico Muhly – Hymns for Private Use (for Soprano & Reed Quintet)
    Johannes Ockeghem – Intemerata Dei Mater & Mort, tu as navre
    Raaf Hekkema – Operaatje Zonder Zang

    Program 4: The New World According to Dvorak
    Dvorak – Suite in A Major, Op. 98 “American”
    Henry T. Burleigh – Southland Sketches
    Barber – Excursions, Op. 20
    Aaron Copland – Clarinet Concerto
    Nico Muhly – Look for Me
    Louis Moreau Gottschalk – O, ma charmante, epargnez moi!

Special Project – Song of The Reed

  • With Mohammad Motamedi, Persian Singer
    Calefax broadens its horizons in this collaboration with top Iranian singer Mohammad Motamedi. A meeting that opens doors to the richness of music culture from the old Persia, a culture that had a major influence on the development of music in countries such as Turky, India, and Azerbaijan. Calefax explores sound colors of the so-called Dastgah (the Iranian tonal system – precursor to the Arabic Maqam and Indian Raga) and possibilities in the field of composition and improvisation. This program is an immersion of Persian folklore and a celebration of Persian and Western music that originated in the last century.

19 – 20 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: Nature
    Johann Wilhelm Wilms: Rondo ur Sinfonia a Grand Orchestre (6′)
    Franz Liszt: Années de Pelerinage Suisse (Years of Pilgrimage, Switzerland) (17′)
    Jean-Philippe Rameau: Le rappel des oiseaux (15’)
    -Intermission-
    Carola Bauckholt: Zugvögel (13′)
    Robert Schumann: Waldszenen op 82 (Forest Scenes)(21′)

    Program 2: Ode to Amsterdam
    Mozart: Quintet in c minor, KV 406 (23’)
    Franz Liszt: Années de Pelerinage Suisse (Years of Pilgrimage, Switzerland) (17’)
    -Intermission-
    Locatelli: Introduzione teatrale (6’)
    Henriette Bosmans: String Quartet (1927) (12’)
    Conlon Nancarrow: Studies for Player Piano No. 2 & No. 3c (6’)
    Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel (13’)

    Encore: Duke Ellington: Satin Doll (4’)

20 – 21 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: A Century Ago
    Debussy – Preludes
    Webern – Variationen, Op. 27
    Janacek – In de Mist
    Sigfrid Karl-Elert – A Cycle of Eight Short Pieces, Op. 124
    Willem Pijper – 2 Sonatines

    Program 2: The Triptych Bach
    Bach – Goldberg Variations
    Bach – The Art of Fugue
    Bach – The Musical Offering

    Program 3: 35 Big Years
    Aleksandr Skrjabin – Etudes
    Nico Muhly – Hymns for Private Use (for Soprano & Reed Quintet)
    Johannes Ockeghem – Intemerata Dei Mater & Mort, tu as navre
    Raaf Hekkema – Operaatje Zonder Zang

    Program 4: The New World According to Dvorak
    Dvorak – Suite in A Major, Op. 98 “American”
    Henry T. Burleigh – Southland Sketches
    Barber – Excursions, Op. 20
    Aaron Copland – Clarinet Concerto
    Nico Muhly – Look for Me
    Louis Moreau Gottschalk – O, ma charmante, epargnez moi!

Special Project – Song of The Reed

  • With Mohammad Motamedi, Persian Singer
    Calefax broadens its horizons in this collaboration with top Iranian singer Mohammad Motamedi. A meeting that opens doors to the richness of music culture from the old Persia, a culture that had a major influence on the development of music in countries such as Turky, India, and Azerbaijan. Calefax explores sound colors of the so-called Dastgah (the Iranian tonal system – precursor to the Arabic Maqam and Indian Raga) and possibilities in the field of composition and improvisation. This program is an immersion of Persian folklore and a celebration of Persian and Western music that originated in the last century.

Audio

Nico Muhly: Look for Me

Nina Simone: For All We Know

Corelli: Variations on La Folia No. 12

Bach: Goldberg Variations – Aria

Bach Goldberg Variations – Variation 1

Debussy: Children’s Corner – Doctor Gradus

Debussy: Children’s Corner – Golliwog’S Cakewalk

Grieg: Holberg Suite – Praeludium

Grieg: Holberg Suite – Sarabande

Video

Documents

Short Biography

Celebrated not least for the invention of their original genre, the reed quintet, Calefax is known internationally for their virtuosic playing and their “pop” sensibility as they arrange, recompose and interpret music from eight centuries to suit their unique constellation. From early music to classical and jazz to world premières, in the hands of Calefax it all sounds fresh and new. The Amsterdam-based ensemble has received many prestigious awards, including the 1997 Philip Morris Arts Prize, the 2001 Kersjes van de Groenekan Prize, the 2005 VSCD Classical Music Award, and the 2012 German Junge Ohren Prize for the family musical show De Muziekfabriek. They perform frequently throughout Europe, as well as in Russia, China, India, Turkey, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, and the USA. The Times (UK) has called them “five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the reed quintet seem the best musical format on the planet.”

Full Biography

Celebrated not least for the invention of their original genre, the reed quintet, Calefax is known internationally for their virtuosic playing and their “pop” sensibility as they arrange, recompose and interpret music from eight centuries to suit their unique constellation. From early music to classical and jazz to world premières, in the hands of Calefax it all sounds fresh and new. The Amsterdam-based ensemble has received many prestigious awards, including the 1997 Philip Morris Arts Prize, the 2001 Kersjes van de Groenekan Prize, the 2005 VSCD Classical Music Award, and the 2012 German Junge Ohren Prize for the family musical show De Muziekfabriek. They perform frequently throughout Europe, as well as in Russia, China, India, Turkey, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, and the USA. The Times (UK) has called them “five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the reed quintet seem the best musical format on the planet.”

Calefax Reed Quintet has enjoyed collaborations with a wide range of renowned artists, including pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Ivo Janssen, Louis van Dijk and Michael Braam; violinists Liza Ferschtman and Claude Chalhoub; singers Christianne Stotijn, Helena Rasker, Nora Fischer and Denise Jannah; trombonist Christian Lindberg; trumpeter Marco Blaauw; percussionist Arnold Marinissen; clarinetist Kinan Azmeh; ensembles Jungle Boldie (formerly the Tony Overwater Trio), Zapp4, Cappella Amsterdam, Danel Quartet, the Nederlands Kamerkoor; choreographers Boukje Schweigman and Sanne van der Put; and visual artists Jaap Drupsteen and Wouter van Reek.

In addition to their performance for the soundtrack of the 2013 Dutch film De nieuwe wildernis, Calefax has released nineteen recordings, under the German label MDG as well as their own label, RIOJA Records, each garnering rave reviews from the international press. The Dutch newspapers De Telegraaf and De Volkskrant awarded Calefax five stars for their celebrated recording of the Goldberg Variations. Two of their recent recordings, The Roaring Twenties, with mezzo-soprano Cora Burggraaf, and On the Spot, with jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans, explore the world of jazz and improvisation. Paul Janssen with Luister music magazine wrote, “The wind quintet and Vloeimans create a sensational CD as if there are no borders between early and new music, no discographic categories separating jazz and classical genres; they embrace ethnic musical influences as if these have simply and at long last been given their fitting place within the whole.” Calefax’s CD, Romantic Kaleidoscope, was released in 2015, with the anniversary book Calefax en de Caleidoscoop,celebrating their 30th anniversary as an ensemble.

Recently Calefax began publishing sheet music of their most successful arrangements under the name Calefax Edition. As a result, new reed quintets have been formed in the Calefax tradition all over the world, including in Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, the United States, and Europe. Through masterclasses and workshops throughout the U.S. and Europe, including a Ted X Talk in Amsterdam, the Calefax musicians pass on their specific methods and musical experiences to coming generations. For musicians, as well as composers, for audiences and press alike, Calefax continues to be an inspiring chamber music laboratory with their annual PAN festival, hosting and performing a motley selection of music adventures. With their bold vision, the Calefax Reed Quintet remains inspirational for their innovative and original, contemporary yet timeless, interpretations of classical music.