From February 27 until March 5th, Calefax reed ensemble will tour in the United States. They will perform on February 27 at Music Mondays in New York, March 1&2 at Rockport Chamber Music Festival in Rockport, MA, March 3 at Rockefeller University in New York and on March 5 at Townhall, New York. The ensemble consists of Oliver Boekhoorn on oboe, Ivar Berix on clarinet, Raaf Hekkema on saxophone, Jelte Althuis on bass clarinet & Alban Wesly on bassoon.
Calefax is a close-knit ensemble of five reed players united by a shared passion. For more than three decades they have been acclaimed in the Netherlands and abroad for their virtuosic playing, brilliant arrangements and innovative stage presentation. They are the inventors of a completely new genre: the reed quintet. They provide inspiration to young wind players from all over the world who follow in their footsteps. Calefax can be defined as a classical ensemble with a pop mentality.
Calefax takes an adventurous approach to presenting its programs and has an astonishingly varied repertoire ranging from 1100 to the present day. They perform their own arrangements and newly commissioned compositions for the unique combination of oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon. Calefax is open to the influence of world music, jazz and improvisation as a result of countless international tours and collaborations with all kinds of musicians.