If you are now reading this post might be because you purchased my first solo album. Thank you so much and I hope you enjoy listening to it.
Let me tell you something about this album but, first of all, does it make sense to know what the composers told me about their pieces? So, read the opinions of Christophe Havel, Enric Riu, Wayne Siegel and Jacob TV.
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 baritone.
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.
Bravo! I really love the recording of Jackdaw, so much energy, brilliant, virtuoso playing, lots of swing! Well done, Joan!
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…
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.
I wanted a concise name for my first solo album. 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 resolutely 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 styles (avantgarde, minimal, rock, etc.) of the music written in the last years.
REASONS BEHIND EACH MUSICAL PIECE
I had to seriously hone my baritone saxophone skills for this piece. Never had I played such an extremely difficult work before. It was through the middle of the 1990’s. The technical skills I acquired thanks to this detailed work have made OXYTON one of my favorite works.
SOLITUDINI – PREMIERE RECORDING*
It was the most listened audio from my website and my Soundcloud account for over a year. It must be for some good reason why so many people have “played” it… I didn’t have any doubts to include it in this CD!
I have good friends who play bass clarinet very well (I like this instrument very much) and they shared this work with me. When I heard about this version for baritone saxophone, I quickly contacted the composer and from that moment on I try to perform it as much as I can.
GEOMETRÍAS 1 – PREMIERE RECORDING*
This is the first work for baritone saxophone written for (and dedicated to) me. I really enjoyed working with Antonio in the writing process of his work. The proximity with the composer is a quality that I like very much, like an act of trust between a creator and performer. This work means a lot to me. Do I need to give you more reasons for having recorded it?
Watch the video by Robert Sirvent for GEOMETRÍAS 1:
TROIS RÊVES EN MUSIQUE – PREMIERE RECORDING*
Originally called ALLUCINAZIONI, a name that would also have been suitable for this CD, I was really impressed the first moment I listened to the first draft of this work in a workshop conducted by the composer and French baritonist Eric Devallon at the “Rencontre autour du Saxophone Baryton” in Ambazac (France) in 2011. I always thought that sometime in the future I would perform it (and maybe record it…).
FANTAISIE ET DANSE
The first “contemporary” music work I played with my saxophone was a well-known piece by Ryo Noda and I liked the kind of blend of Occidental world and Far East of his music very much. When I realised that Fantaisie et Danse has an optional A-low I thought it could be suitable to play it with the baritone saxophone, therefore it sounds like too much low shakuhachi.
BELIEVER – PREMIERE RECORDING*
I often perform PIMPIN’ since the audience always enjoys it very much. Therefore, I was looking forward to learning the other piece for baritone saxophone by Jacob TV and to bring this work into the spotlight because it is not very familiar. When I discovered it, I became surprised with the character differences between both of them. However, BELIEVER is a very deeply intense piece, which is the way I like it.
Whatch the video by Robert Sirvent for BELIEVER:
Let me recognize the many people who have helped me throughout my career on my first CD:
- To all the music I have listened and touched me, a constant source of inspiration and motivation,
- To all my music and saxophone teachers (without distinction), because of them I learned what to do and what not,
- To all my teachers, because they have given me some knowledge and judgement,
- To all my musician (including saxophonist) friends, for sharing knowledge
- To all my non-musicians friends, to help me to grow as a person apart of the music (really useful)
- To all my students, who have helped me a mirror on more occasions than they think,
- To all my friends and mates from all groups in which I have played, for the countless hours of work (often intense) and the experiences shared,
- To my family, because of the values and the support they have given me,
- To Imma, for her infinite patience and love