|Kyle Horch||soprano saxophone|
|Naomi Sullivan||soprano saxophone|
|Andy Tweed||alto and baritone saxophones|
|Alistair Parnell||piano and synthesizer|
Flotilla is a chamber ensemble featuring four of the UK's leading saxophonists: Kyle Horch, Naomi Sullivan, Andrew Tweed, and Alistair Parnell. Together they form a unique consort of instrumentalists performing music with a variety of soundworlds: trios and quartets for saxophones, often including piano or synthesizer. The ensemble's thoughtful, poetic repertoire is a meditation on melody with themes of reflection and memory at its centre. This music evokes a strong sense of mirroring - not just between the musicians who are placed on an equal footing by the thread of often contrapuntal writing which connects all of the chosen music, but also between the modern and ancient as the contemporary works draw upon a variety of antecedents ranging from liturgical polyphony to folk music. Since releasing their recording Flotilla (Big Shed Music, 2009), they have performed at the Cheltenham Festival, the 'Frontiers' series in Birmingham, as well as in London at The Forge and on the Music Chamber series. "This CD sparkles with energy and the playing is terrific." The Observer.
La meva anima magnifica al Senyor - Ian Stewart
La meva anima magnifica al Senyor is an instrumental imagining of a setting of the Magnificat text. One soprano saxophone sings over a simple drone, the other two saxophones join in to enrich the melody, sometimes in unison, at other moments slightly out of phase. The overall effect is one of timelessness and of reaching back to ancient Mediterranean music.
Elegy - Charlotte Harding
Elegy was commissioned by Flotilla in 2011. The piece has a clear but poignant narrative, building steadily, the melodic contrapuntal lines interact and weave together before being joined by piano and reaching a chaotic, emotive climax. It then subsides into a peaceful, but searching, chorale.
Allegro, 4th movement from Trio Sonata n.2 in G minor - Jan Dismas Zelenka, arr. Horch
Jan Dismas Zelenka was a contemporary of J.S. Bach, and a court musician in Dresden. His six trio sonatas, rediscovered in the mid-20th century, are now regarded as among the most important Baroque wind chamber works. This energetic movement features interlocking soprano lines, lyricism, and monumental architecture.