Blaze - Saxophone and String Quartet - Demo

  • Published on:  3/25/2011
  • BLAZE is the coming together of string quartet and saxophone to create a fusion of classical and contemporary music.

    'Blaze' is an exciting and innovative new ensemble fusing classical and popular idioms using the beautiful sound of the soprano saxophone with string quartet. Members of Blaze are all full time professional musicians trained at Britain's most prestigious conservatoires. Our repertoire spans jazz, classical, tango, pop and easy listening with many arrangements especially commissioned for the group. The resulting sound is really quite stunning and appeals to traditional classical enthusiasts and newer audiences alike. The programme ranges from Piazzolla and Bach to Coldplay and Snow Patrol.

    Read the recent review of the Blaze CD:

    "Saxophonist Edward entered the profession with an impressive CV: Licentiate of the Guildhall School for classical performance, a first class honours degree studying with Duncan Lamont and a Masters in performance from the Royal Academy. He is enjoying a burgeoning career, including stints with NYJO and the Emerald Ensemble. Blaze fuses classical, contemporary and jazz music, with Edward on alto and soprano, Anna Kirkpatrick and Christian Halstead on violins, Iona Hassan on viola and Yvonne Parsons on cello. Serene and instantly appealing, the group's musical approach to the wide variety of material, from Bach to the Beatles, illustrates why Blaze is believed to be one of our brightest new combinations and why Edward is held in such high regard. Superb."

    Keith Ames for 'Musician' magazine, Dec 2010