|Diastema Saxophone Quartet: |
|Philippe Braquart||Soprano Saxophone|
|Christophe Bois||Alto Saxophone|
|Damien Royannais||Tenor Saxophone|
|Eric Devallon||Baritone Saxophone|
Philippe Geiss is professor at the Strasbourg Conservatory and the Alsace superior University for Arts, France, an internationally regarded saxophonist and widely performed composer. He is one of the first musicians from the French saxophone school who has madee his own "crossover" style between classical and improvised music and plays the entire saxophone family from sopranino to bass saxophone.
An active musician worldwide, Philippe has given concerts and master classes in many countries. He won a European recording award with his CD 'Saxophones & Percussion', performing the music of Debussy, Fauré, Satie, Ibert, Milhaud.
As a composer, his music has been performed by renowned musicians and ensembles including the U.S. Navy Band, Brandford Marsalis, Nederland Wind Ensemble, Slovenian Police Orchestra and leading saxophone quartets including Habanera, Alliage Diastema, Ellipsos and more.
Philippe's passion is to build links between classical & jazz saxophonists. To this end he started a duet project with Jerry Bergonzi in which they both perform, compose, teach and share their experience with enthusiasm and passion. He works closely with French pianist Jean-François Zygel collaborating in live concerts and TV shows playing classical improvised music. Philippe's own musical style lies somewhere between contemporary classical, jazz and world music.
His compositions include works for beginners to high level performers and he is published by Robert Martin, Billaudot, Leduc and Alphonce production.
Each year Philippe also organises a major saxophone festival in Strasbourg (Les Rencontres du Saxophone). Philippe is a Rico, Selmer & Da Fact artist
Since 1986 the four members of the Diastema saxophone quartet have shared the same passion and enthusiasm for chamber music.
They have acquired a collossal experience on the international stage which placed the quartet at the forefront of chamber music groups. They promoted themselves extensively arround the world and have also performed with many highly acclaimed orchestra in Paris, Toulouse, Calgari, Taipei, Washington...
Their necessity for exploration in music led many composers to write for them (recently Philippe Geiss and Vincent Paulet) and push them to exchange with different forms of art : Improvised music, Danse, Scenography. The dynamism and the fusion within the quartet drives the members to new and exciting moments in concert or recordings.
United Colors of Saxophones - Philippe Geiss