I've arranged the second quartet from Giovanni Gambaro's Tre Quartetti for saxophone quartet. It shares all the characteristics of a classical work: well defined melodies, clear cadences, elegance. That's what it says on Wikipedia....
A couple of weeks ago my alto saxophone wasn’t working properly. I’d tried adjusting it to make it better, as I always do, it’s a kind of prevarication to delude myself that the instrument is working. I fiddle with the G# mechanism and the long Bb adjustment, and mess around with the front high F. All to no avail.
In July our saxophone quartet Quirk travelled to Zagreb in Croatia to perform at the World Saxophone Congress. We saw many great players and heard amazing new compositions. I talked to my hero Jean-Marie Londeix and was shown an altissimo range A fingering to be used at a low dynamic range by Nobuya Sugawa. It was wall-to-wall saxophone geekery.