The Monastery Church in the Hague, The Netherlands is known for it's lunch concerts staged by the Stichting Kunstcentrum Kloosterkerk. And is, as I assumed, dedicated to organising baroque concerts. But when a saxophone quartet was announced I had to go. Only after entering the church I found out the Hanumi Saxophone Quartet was to play. And picking up a programme I was pleasantly surprised by reading the name Ligeti. And as I was not prepared for new music I did not bring a camera, but only could use an old Blackberry to photograph.
A young quartet consisting of Miriam Kötter (tenor saxophone), Harmke Seinen (alto saxophone, Michael Jamieson (soprano saxophone() and Lukas Stappenbeck (baritone saxophone) all having studied with Johan van der Linden in Enschede. And mainly focussed on playing new music. Having recently commissioned a piece from New Zealand composer Dylan Lardelli.
Hanumi had put together a bit lighter programme for this lunch concert, backboned by the Six bagatelles by Hungarian composer György Ligeti. They kicked off with the first two bagetelles followed by part two, Café 1930, of Astor Piazolla's Histoire du Tango. On with bagatelles three and four followed by the rythmic and melodic compostion Wapango by Cuban Paquito D'Rivera. After completing the Ligeti series with bagatellles five and six the quartet performed Johannes Brahms' Hungarian Dance #5. The about 150 listeners demanded and got a short encore.
It was a pleasure to hear and watch these young and gifted musicians play. The Hanumi Quartet earned a third price at the 2009 National Competition for Saxophone quartets organised by Selmer, Paris.