Piano – Lucas Heytens

Saxophones – Jeroen Vanbever

DUO VANBEVER – HEYTENS

 

The tenor saxophone has only had a relatively short solo career in the classical music landscape and with this project we want to change that.

No other saxophone is as versatile as the tenor saxophone, it sounds woolly and sweet at first and then suddenly funky and sharp again. The repertoire walks the thin line between classical, jazz and popular music. A nice example of this is the work supplemented with electronics: “May This Bliss Never End” by the Dutch Avant-Pop composer JacobTV.

Be dazzled by the sounds of this dynamic duo, tenor saxophone & piano.

 

NÚNA ENSEMBLE

 

The Núna Ensemble is a new, Belgian chambermusic group consisting of saxophone and string quartet. The saxophone was developed by the Belgian inventor, Adolphe Sax, to serve as a bridge between the strings, woodwinds and brass in the symphonic orchestra. An instrument with a soundpalette and qualities that blend perfectly with the other instruments in the orchestra. With this idea in mind, Jeroen started this new ensemble mid-2018 with friends, a quintet with saxophone and string quaret.

With this unique formation, the Núna Ensemble wants to explore new boundaries. They strive to bring original repertoire for this line-up and they work with young, Belgian composers to create new repertoire.  This special project has already been invited to play at the triennial World Saxophone Conference in Zagreb. In their first program: “Sax & Strings – Crossing Borders” they looked for crossovers between classical, jazz and folk music. Discover the saxophone and string quartet as you have never heard them before.

Musicians:

Violin – Reinout Pauwels & Siewald Degraeve

Viola – Xavier Timmermans

Cello – Clémence Clarysse

Saxophones – Jeroen Vanbever

SPIRO QUARTET

 

Spiro Quartet is a Belgian-Spanish saxophone quartet. It was founded in 2018 when the members studied together at LUCA School of Arts (Leuven, Belgium).

These four musicians breathe music and love connecting with their audience through their shared passion for chamber music. Since the word ‘Spiro’ means ‘to breathe’, ‘to be alive’, or ‘to be inspired’ in Latin, it aligns with their ideals. 

Spiro’s strength lies in their open-minded approach towards music and art. They find it just as important to look for new collaborations with artists across art forms and composers to renew the repertoire for saxophone quartet, as to perform the original repertoire for saxophone quartet. On top of that, they create their own arrangements of a wide variety of musical genres.

To date, the most exciting concert Spiro Quartet has given, was when they were invited in the “Paleis der Academieën” in Brussels in 2019 to play for the inauguration of her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium as protective honorary member of the Royal Academy of Medicine.

Musicians:

Soprano Sax – Raúl Cicuéndez Zarco

Alto Sax – Alexandra Catalá Martín 

Tenor Sax – Cédric Delvaux

Baritone Sax – Jeroen Vanbever

VIBRANT

 

Vibrant is Jeroen’s first solo project. the versatility of the saxophone is central.

With his baritonesax and loops, he creates mesmerizing, musical stories. The combination with visuals by artists like Sammy Slabbinck adds to the complete exprience for ears and eyes.

Besides composed works, he also makes way for improvisations in which he expresses his individuality. Prepare yourself for a unique musical narrative for young and old with images, sax and electronics.

 

CIRCLING SAXES

 

The Circling Saxes is a renowned Belgian saxophone quartet. Besides the classical and contemporary repertoire, they also perform songs from the lighter genre.

As a Belgian saxophone quartet, works by Belgian composers such as Piet Swerts, André Waignein and Kurt Bikkembergs are an important part of their repertoire.

All members of the quartet regularly participate in projects and concerts by Prometheus, Brussels Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Flanders, Flanders Opera and the Symphony Orchestra of the Mint, among others.

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