Comments on BELIEVER

Joan proves mastery of the instrument which he is specialist and a contemporary language expertise.

I would make room for it in my discotheque without a doubt.

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Martí-Frasquier heads to an exhaustive exploration of the timbre of the instrument, which this resource becomes a goal, an achieved objective by variations of intensity, response, articulation and rhythm, as well as using other sonorities.

Revista Musical CatalanaPrinted edition: December 2016/January 2017, p. 60

The composers said…

Your CD is a great achievement! I of course eager to listen to Oxyton. Bravo, very well done. You have a great dynamic and great energy, and of course a superb mastery of the baritone.

CHRISTOPHE HAVELOxyton

It was great to listen to Joan’s premiere version of Solitudini, already some years ago. Later life versions of him have turned this piece into a unique experience of an accurated evolution. Now, this studio version is a real milestone: concentrated, sensitive, delicate, but intensely strong and organic; difficult to surpass.

ENRIC RIUSolitudini

Bravo! I really love the recording of Jackdaw, so much energy, brilliant, virtuoso playing, lots of swing! Well done, Joan!

WAYNE SIEGELJackdaw

Congratulations! I love the concept of so many different styles on one disc, and to tell you the truth, was very moved by Believer, your playing is very intense, raw, bluesy, but also sweet…

JACOB TVBeliever

Why have I recorded a CD?

Sometimes, I have though in recording a CD with pieces from my repertoire, but I was not too much sure because of the investment of time, job and also money. I found interesting the Antonio Velasco’s proposal because it would be a collaborative project between record label and performer and since this CD would be the first of a new collection of music written nowadays.

We easily arranged our deal in a few meetings and I immediately started to think in the repertoire of my first solo album (I hope that it won’t be the last!) and the first of the INS (Imagine New Sounds) collection of InSitu label.

Why BELIEVER?

I wanted a concise name for my first CD in solitary. The meaning of the name of one of the works recorded here describes very well my conviction about baritone saxophone and music.

Baritone is a member of the family of saxophones which gave me such musical satisfactions that I determinately decided to specialize on it in spite of not being a mediatic instrument. So, what’s wrong with that?

In addition, I wanted to record some pieces that define the present and future of music. In my opinion, music, as an art, needs a permanent evolution. So, I chose a repertoire that shows a wide range of options or styles (call them as you wish…) in music

    1. OXYTON (1991) for baritone saxophone solo, by Christophe Havel (b. 1956
    2. SOLITUDINI (2013) for baritone saxophone solo, by Enric Riu (b. 1968) – Premiere recording 
    3. JACKDAW (1995-2004) for baritone saxophone and computer, by Wayne Siegel (b. 1953)
    4. GEOMETRÍAS 1 (2003) for baritone saxophone solo, by Antonio Velasco (b. 1964) – Premiere recording 
    5. TROIS RÊVES EN MUSIQUE (2015) for baritone saxophone solo, by José Luis Campana (b. 1949) – Premiere recording
      1. Cauchemar 
      2. Sulla strada
      3. À Bacon
    6. FANTAISIE ET DANSE (1995) for solo saxophone, by Ryo Noda (b. 1948)
    7. BELIEVER (2007) for baritone saxophone and boombox, by Jacob Ter Veldhuis (b. 1951) – Premiere recording 

Something else?

Yes, three more things:

  1. You can get more information about the repertoire and the composers scanning the QR code (we preferred this option instead of a booklet) inside the CD.
  2. If it makes sense, you can read more about the recording process seeing the gallery and reading the posts on Twitter and Facebook.
  3. Finally, if you are not used to listen to “contemporary” music (and especially played with a baritone saxophone) I propose you hearing this CD piece by piece (take your time, it is not “fast music”) in this order: 3 – 7 – 6 – 2 – 5 – 4 – 1 as follows here. I make it easy for you…