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Alexej Gerassimez, Percussion & SIGNUM saxophone quartet

STARRY NIGHT

SOUND (R)EVOLUTION FROM HOLST TO AC/DC

STARRY NIGHT

Five young musicians create soundscapes that no one has ever explored before as they embark on a Star Trek-like journey.
Percussionist Alexej Gerassimez and the SIGNUM saxophone quartet are all highly acclaimed performers and universalists of the young classical music scene. These are five virtuosos who love to break down barriers between concert and performance, between styles and genres and between composition and improvisation.
Crossing borders is also the central focus of the programme which the multi-percussionist and four saxophonists have conceived together. Familiar classics such as Holst’s “Planets” are followed by contemporary works by Alexej Gerassimez (“Rebirth”) and Steve Martland (“Starry Night”) and by a new piece specially commissioned from the New Zealand composer John Psathas. Cosmic sound tracks by John Williams rub shoulders with fire crackers from the world of rock music (AC/DC).
The concert galaxy is shaped by theatrically choreographed works (“Bad touch” by Casey Cangelosi) as well as by sophisticated lighting control and presentations.
In putting together their set list, the musicians have sought inspiration from the major questions facing mankind. Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? Their music takes the audience on a trip deep into space and right into the heart of our subconscious, where we confront our fears, dreams and yearnings.
In short, the concert becomes a spatial experience which appeals to all ages and all types of audience – exciting and soothing, surprising and familiar, romantic and rocking, grounded and other worldly.

MUSIC

Alexej Gerassimez (1987): Rebirth

for percussion and saxophone quartet

 

 

Steve Martland (1954-2013): Starry Night

Transcription for percussion and saxophone quartet

 

Gustav Holst (1874-1934): The Planets

Transcription for percussion and saxophone quartet by Hugo Van Rechem
Venus / Uranus / Jupiter

 

John Williams (1932): Flying Theme (E.T)

Transcription for saxophone quartet and percussion by Alexej Gerassimez

 

Alexej Gerassimez (1987): Asventuras

for Snare Drum Solo

 

AC/DC (Angus Young, Malcolm Young): Thunderstruck

Transcription for saxophone quartet by SIGNUM saxophone quartet

 

Casey Cangelosi: Bad Touch

 

John Psathas (1966): Connectome (2019)

Pashupatastra / Farewell to Flesh / Rom in Space
Commission piece for Alexej Gerassimez and SIGNUM saxophone quartet

 

TIMELINE

BERLIN KONZERTHAUS
JANUARY 17TH 2020

Berlin Konzerthaus is a very special concert venue for us, because there we basically played our first „real“ concert.- apart from playing at House Concerts, Picknicks and Garten Parties back to that time
It was 17.3.2010 and we still remember the big excitment at the hall and of course crazy „Berlin Night“ afterwards.
In beetwen we were back there for two times but it is still huge honor for us and every time like for the first time. Yesterday was it so far again.
On the programme Starry Night with Alexej Gerassimez.
We did not feel nostalgic but were just happy to see so many friends at the hall and we were overhelmed with reaction of enthusiastic audience. This night the crazy party didn’t follow as we had to take early flights back to Köln. – But anyway.- the time for it will come soon again!

JOHN PSATHAS: CONNECTOME
JANUARY 3RD 2020

We are back on track and on 4th January we will premiere the piece of John Psathas at Festspiele Mecklenburg- Vorpommern with wonderful Alexej Gerassimez.
The concert will take place in Ulrichshusen.
Few notes from Composer about the piece:
The new piece is called CONNECTOME
(a connectome (/kəˈnɛktoʊm/) is a comprehensive map of neural connections in the brain, and may be thought of as its „wiring diagram“. More broadly, a connectome would include the mapping of all neural connections within an organism’s nervous system.
The piece is in three parts. Each part has its own title and concept, and each part represents a different idea of the kind of future we might have as a species.
Part 1 Pashupatastra
(From the Mahabharata)… he asked for the sacred and deadly weapon Pashupatastra so that neither man or god could prevail over him. Yet Shiva warns him of Pashupatastra’s powers: Arjuna will not be able to dispose of the weapon or give it back, nor recall the horrible weapon once he wields it. It has the power to destroy the world.
Part 2 Farewell to the Flesh
This part is a response to the increasing likelihood that we will one day make scans of the neural connections in our brains and nervous systems that are so accurate and complete, we will exist after death as immortal digital consciousness. I thought about this a lot (and have read books about it) and had so many questions;
• When I am code will I still feel emotion? If my emotions are mostly chemical reactions, with no chemicals in software, how will I ever make a choice?
• Will I still be able to laugh, or cry?
• Will I feel fear, empathy, lust, anticipation, disappointment?
• Will I believe I am experiencing touch, taste, smell, hearing?
• Will someone be able to edit me?
• What will life be like if I am no longer flesh and blood? Will it be life?
• Will I be I or will I be AI?
I believe we will all profoundly miss being physical, sensual, beings, and we will be changed into something unrecognizable by that transition. So Part Two is an elegy, a farewell to the flesh.
Part 3 Rom in Space
When we imagine space travel it’s common to think of astronauts and scientists, white space suits, and a lot of shining technology. But I started thinking much further ahead, when all of us get into space. I imagined gypsies (Rom) with the freedom to roam anywhere, and the kind of energy they (and all the rest of us) will bring to the stars. (nb – at one point in Part 3 our Rom space-traveller drops out of hyperspace for a brief romantic liaison….)
We feel truly honored and excited about premiering the piece and giving birth to a new baby! We thanks John Psathas and Festspiele Mecklenburg- Vorpommern for their kind help at commisioning the piece.

BEGINNING OF OUR JOURNEY
DECEMBER 27TH 2019
OUR TOUR - FIND YOUR CITY
DECEMBER 19TH 2019
STARRY NIGHT FOR THE FIRT TIME
DECEMBER 15TH 2019

Hello friends,
on Thursday we are traveling to south of Gernany in order to rehearse for our new Program Starry Night with percussionist Alexej Gerassimez. The three day rehearsal phase will end with the first concert of the project later on Saturday.

 

On the program :

Alexej Gerassimez : Rebirth
Gustav Holst : Planets
Steve Martland : Starry night

Date : 21.12.2019
Venue : Schloss Elmau

 

We are thrilled and very excited (not always good 😉 to start a musical journey called „Starry night“ with the concert in stunning atmosphere of Schloss Elmau.

Many concerts of „Starry Night“ are coming up later in the season. For exact dates please see the „Tour“ section at our website!

 

Greetings,
yours SiGNUM

TIMELINE

BERLIN KONZERTHAUS
JANUARY 17TH 2020

Berlin Konzerthaus is a very special concert venue for us, because there we basically played our first „real“ concert.- apart from playing at House Concerts, Picknicks and Garten Parties back to that time
It was 17.3.2010 and we still remember the big excitment at the hall and of course crazy „Berlin Night“ afterwards.
In beetwen we were back there for two times but it is still huge honor for us and every time like for the first time. Yesterday was it so far again.
On the programme Starry Night with Alexej Gerassimez.
We did not feel nostalgic but were just happy to see so many friends at the hall and we were overhelmed with reaction of enthusiastic audience. This night the crazy party didn’t follow as we had to take early flights back to Köln. – But anyway.- the time for it will come soon again!

JOHN PSATHAS: CONNECTOME
JANUARY 3RD 2020

We are back on track and on 4th January we will premiere the piece of John Psathas at Festspiele Mecklenburg- Vorpommern with wonderful Alexej Gerassimez.
The concert will take place in Ulrichshusen.
Few notes from Composer about the piece:
The new piece is called CONNECTOME
(a connectome (/kəˈnɛktoʊm/) is a comprehensive map of neural connections in the brain, and may be thought of as its „wiring diagram“. More broadly, a connectome would include the mapping of all neural connections within an organism’s nervous system.
The piece is in three parts. Each part has its own title and concept, and each part represents a different idea of the kind of future we might have as a species.
Part 1 Pashupatastra
(From the Mahabharata)… he asked for the sacred and deadly weapon Pashupatastra so that neither man or god could prevail over him. Yet Shiva warns him of Pashupatastra’s powers: Arjuna will not be able to dispose of the weapon or give it back, nor recall the horrible weapon once he wields it. It has the power to destroy the world.
Part 2 Farewell to the Flesh
This part is a response to the increasing likelihood that we will one day make scans of the neural connections in our brains and nervous systems that are so accurate and complete, we will exist after death as immortal digital consciousness. I thought about this a lot (and have read books about it) and had so many questions;
• When I am code will I still feel emotion? If my emotions are mostly chemical reactions, with no chemicals in software, how will I ever make a choice?
• Will I still be able to laugh, or cry?
• Will I feel fear, empathy, lust, anticipation, disappointment?
• Will I believe I am experiencing touch, taste, smell, hearing?
• Will someone be able to edit me?
• What will life be like if I am no longer flesh and blood? Will it be life?
• Will I be I or will I be AI?
I believe we will all profoundly miss being physical, sensual, beings, and we will be changed into something unrecognizable by that transition. So Part Two is an elegy, a farewell to the flesh.
Part 3 Rom in Space
When we imagine space travel it’s common to think of astronauts and scientists, white space suits, and a lot of shining technology. But I started thinking much further ahead, when all of us get into space. I imagined gypsies (Rom) with the freedom to roam anywhere, and the kind of energy they (and all the rest of us) will bring to the stars. (nb – at one point in Part 3 our Rom space-traveller drops out of hyperspace for a brief romantic liaison….)
We feel truly honored and excited about premiering the piece and giving birth to a new baby! We thanks John Psathas and Festspiele Mecklenburg- Vorpommern for their kind help at commisioning the piece.

BEGINNING OF OUR JOURNEY
DECEMBER 27TH 2019
OUR TOUR - FIND YOUR CITY
DECEMBER 19TH 2019
STARRY NIGHT FOR THE FIRT TIME
DECEMBER 15TH 2019

Hello friends,
on Thursday we are traveling to south of Gernany in order to rehearse for our new Program Starry Night with percussionist Alexej Gerassimez. The three day rehearsal phase will end with the first concert of the project later on Saturday.

 

On the program :

Alexej Gerassimez : Rebirth
Gustav Holst : Planets
Steve Martland : Starry night

Date : 21.12.2019
Venue : Schloss Elmau

 

We are thrilled and very excited (not always good 😉 to start a musical journey called „Starry night“ with the concert in stunning atmosphere of Schloss Elmau.

Many concerts of „Starry Night“ are coming up later in the season. For exact dates please see the „Tour“ section at our website!

 

Greetings,
yours SiGNUM

STARRY NIGHT

Five young musicians create soundscapes that no one has ever explored before as they embark on a Star Trek-like journey.
Percussionist Alexej Gerassimez and the SIGNUM saxophone quartet are all highly acclaimed performers and universalists of the young classical music scene. These are five virtuosos who love to break down barriers between concert and performance, between styles and genres and between composition and improvisation.
Crossing borders is also the central focus of the programme which the multi-percussionist and four saxophonists have conceived together. Familiar classics such as Holst’s “Planets” are followed by contemporary works by Alexej Gerassimez (“Rebirth”) and Steve Martland (“Starry Night”) and by a new piece specially commissioned from the New Zealand composer John Psathas. Cosmic sound tracks by John Williams rub shoulders with fire crackers from the world of rock music (AC/DC).
The concert galaxy is shaped by theatrically choreographed works (“Bad touch” by Casey Cangelosi) as well as by sophisticated lighting control and presentations.
In putting together their set list, the musicians have sought inspiration from the major questions facing mankind. Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? Their music takes the audience on a trip deep into space and right into the heart of our subconscious, where we confront our fears, dreams and yearnings.
In short, the concert becomes a spatial experience which appeals to all ages and all types of audience – exciting and soothing, surprising and familiar, romantic and rocking, grounded and other worldly.

MUSIC

Alexej Gerassimez (1987): Rebirth

for percussion and saxophone quartet

 

 

Steve Martland (1954-2013): Starry Night

Transcription for percussion and saxophone quartet

 

 

Gustav Holst (1874-1934): The Planets

Transcription for percussion and saxophone quartet by Hugo Van Rechem
Venus / Uranus / Jupiter

 

 

John Williams (1932): Flying Theme (E.T)

Transcription for saxophone quartet and percussion by Alexej Gerassimez

 

 

Alexej Gerassimez (1987): Asventuras

for Snare Drum Solo

 

 

AC/DC (Angus Young, Malcolm Young): Thunderstruck

Transcription for saxophone quartet by SIGNUM saxophone quartet

 

 

Casey Cangelosi: Bad Touch

 

 

John Psathas (1966): Connectome (2019)

Pashupatastra / Farewell to Flesh / Rom in Space
Commission piece for Alexej Gerassimez and SIGNUM saxophone quartet