The first CD dedicated
to the Soprillo
Getting high on the world's smallest saxophone!
Find out more about other soprilloists around the world, where they live, why they own a soprillo and what they are doing with it!
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|Soprillo notes:||I am new owner of a soprillo llooking forward to explore the possibilities to use it in the sax orchestra. We had a 'sax day' with participants from 4 music schools from western part of Denmark - good fun with a 50 person sax orchestra.|
I brought my soprillo and students and colleagues were amazed.
|Soprillo notes:||"Usually considered as a specialist of tubax and baritone saxes, in fact, I'm interested in all rare, new or strange saxophones. The soprillo first seemed to be a fitting partner in my solo tubax concerts, giving the public some relief from low tones ... but it's also fitting perfectly in my new saxophone ensemble : Amiens Sax Project. Hearing Nigel's playing in Ljubljana was a new challenge : even soprillo can be played perfectly in tune and with excellent tone control. Some work to go, but I'll try to get better in the future ..."|
|Audio clips:|| Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto - Soprillo.mp3|
20 - Bach Chorale 91 - Saxophone Colors.mp3
22 - Beethoven Bagatelle.mp3
|Soprillo notes:||...In addition to using the Soprillo in his solo and ensemble performances, Dr.Easton has included a wide variety of printed and recorded Soprillo examples in his forthcoming book and CD "Writing for Saxophones: A Guide to the Tonal Palette of the Saxophone Family for Composers, Arrangers and Performers."|
|Soprillo notes:||Randy Emerick is a professional woodwind doubler. His experience includes classical music with the Florida Symphonic Pops of Boca Raton and the Palm Beach Pops, playing clarinet, bass clarinet, and all saxophones. He has also recorded with the jazz ensembles of Jaco Pastorius and the Impact of Brass. In addition he has performed with artists of all styles including Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr., The Four Tops, Crystal Gayle and many others. The audio clip here is "The world's smallest saxophone quartet" with Soprillo, Eb sopranino, Bb soprano, and Eb alto playing a standard SATB sax quartet.|
|Soprillo notes:||Vinny Golia is a composer who fuses the rich heritage of Jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions. As a bandleader, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan and the United States in ensembles varying dramatically in size and instrumentation.|
|Soprillo notes:||Mandy Grezeszak is completing her music degree at Central Michigan University. Mandy was a performer at the 14th World Saxophone Congress in Ljubliana, Slovenia, Recently, Mandy has specialized in the smaller saxophones, the soprano, the sopranino, and the soprillo.|
The Youtube clip above features the soprillo at the end of the piece.
|Soprillo notes:||I started my first saxophone lesson with Mr Lee Chi-wing at the age of 10 in Music Office (Hong Kong). While studying in the UK, I took saxophone lessons with Sarah James, Gerard McChrystal and Melanie Henry respectively. After graduation I joined the Music Office (Hong Kong) as one of the Assistant Music Officers (Wind), serving as saxophone instructor and youth band manager/conductor. I kept on my saxophone studies with Richard Addison in London in my first year of working with the Music Office.|
I premiered a work for sopranino sax and piano at the World Saxophone Congress XVI 2012. I returned home after the congress with a new soprillo saxophone.
|City/State:||New York State|
|Soprillo notes:||We currently have some fun in a Big band situation by using 2 soprillos, 2 sopranino saxes and an soprano sax to get a section sound that can scream or be mellow as needed. The.sax.section will double on flute, Clarinet or double reed family members as needed. Last year we used this setup for some numbers at the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester NY, USA.|
Dr. Alan Mandel
I have been performing with a band of doctors from a local hospital ("Agonal Rhythm") on tenor, soprano, sopranino, and soprillo, as well as various flute family members. Also with 2 big bands ( saxes, 8 brass, 4 rhythm), as soloist and arranger... interesting sounds using the soprillo an octave above the high trumpets....
|Soprillo notes:||Saxophone and grill fanatics. Ever since I saw the first soprillo, it was a must for me to get one. Now I have one and I am enjoying the challenge. I play tenor saxophone in a danish bigband "Bugtens Big Band"|