The Spire, Sun Feb 22
This was a very enjoyable way to spend a Sunday evening listening to four wonderfully skilled musicians showcasing the saxophone and creating music magic. The four saxophonists, who form the group SAXISM, have decades of knowledge and musicianship between them. The line up tonight comprised of Steve Eads on Alto saxophone, Kym Gluyas on Tenor saxophone, Lindsay Heesom on Baritone saxophone and Sylvan (Schmoe) Elhay on Soprano Saxophone. They also invited Wade Nixon to play drums and Matthew Newland to play bass on some of the better-known pieces.
The concert really showcased the saxophone as an orchestral instrument in the first two pieces by Eugene Bozza and Phil Woods. The distinct voice of each saxophone had its moment and the harmonies created were delightful to the ear. There is something very special about a group made up of one instrument, which creates a special tonal harmony.
The first two pieces were technically challenging both for musicians and audience. We heard lush, smooth tones contrasting with jarring notes and lively foot tapping music. There were moments of playfulness and fun .The other composers who featured were popular American composers George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Rogers and Hart. For most of the audience these pieces were familiar and well loved and the group’s performances absolutely superb.
Fascinating Rhythm and Ghost Of A Chance were highlights. The addition of the two guest musicians really worked well to highlight the beauty of these compositions and the saxophone as an instrument with all its varied vocal ranges. The solos by Heesom and Elhay were enthusiastically applauded.
Quality programme, quality musicians, fabulous instrument!
Sax To The Max continues at The Spire from 6pm until Sat Mar 8.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.