“In 2014-15 Aho wrote a concerto for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra for Swedish saxophonist Anders Paulsson, who recently played the posthumous premiere of the soprano saxophone version of Anders Eliasson’s Grand Third Symphony. This concerto shines with intense exploration of structurally and atmospherically strong contrasting episodes. It begins with an expressive solo singing accompanied by atmospheric sound in an oriental-like manner, including micro-intervals and glissandi coloring, and then turns into a wild Presto. This is followed by an introspective Largo of ‘Misterioso’ character and a turbulent-bizarre, even polytonal humorous finale, which ends in an epilogue, which draws the bow back to the beginning. Anders Paulsson is as flawless as the Rovaniemi Lapland Chamber Orchestra under its longtime director John Storgårds.”
Christoph Schlüren [28.12.2017] KLASSIK_HEUTE
My latest Concerto recording with Kalevi Aho and Lapland Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds is now available for studio quality download:
The Kalevi Aho Concerto for soprano sax, created for – and played here by – Anders Paulsson. This new work combines virtuosity with a more thoughtful, somewhat mellow character. And, as so often with Aho, head isn’t pursued at the expense of heart. Indeed, there’s plenty of the latter in Paulsson’s account of the taxing, yet extraordinarily expressive solo part. Goodness, I haven’t heard such accomplished, sure-footed playing since Branford Marsalis in American Spectrum and Massimo Giacchetti in Between Two Worlds. (Both were Recordings of the Month.)
A great new concerto for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra by Kalevi Aho:
“The work is devoted to Anders Paulsson, whose delicate, ECM-style interpretation style has guided the concerto. Paulsson is loaded with all the necessary intensity and he carries the melodies gloriously. He also realizes multiplayer features chordically and naturally. It is probably thanks also to Aho, who is always familiar with the solo instruments.
The role of the Chamber Orchestra in the concerto
is to create mysterious shades of watercolors and to engage in dialogue with bright secco solos, and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra does really well.”
-Kare Eskola, Yle Klassinen, October 6, 2017
“Anders Paulsson has developed Soprano Saxophone playing to an unprecedented, sensational top level!”
– Kalevi Aho, Finnish Composer, October 4, 2017
J’ai reçu ce matin ton dernier disque. Je viens de l’écouter. Il est magnifique ! L’œuvre me plait beaucoup et j’apprécie à l’extrême ce que tu en fais. Je suis fier de toi ! C’est comme toujours impeccable, et tu entretiens la poésie de cette belle œuvre de la première à la dernière note. Oui ! C’est superbe d’intelligence musicale, de compréhension, de maîtrise de jeu, de beauté de son.
Je suis heureux d’avoir cet enregistrement. Merci de me l’avoir fait connaître.
Many times in my life I have felt the presence of Guardian Angels that have kept me safe from danger and that have also inspired my creativity. This release is my first collaboration with Grammy Award winning studio wizard Pål Svenre and more is to come.
This is my debut smooth pop jazz recording:
Dear Music Lovers!
I am really excited to announce the digital release of these excellent recordings with the Swedish Royal Navy Band conducted by Petter Sundkvist performing Astor Piazzolla tangos with me:
Having commissioned and premiered over 50 original Concertos and chamber music for Soprano Saxophone, I feel it is time to share this musical treasure and the required techniques with the next generation of ambitious saxophonists.
I therefore encourage You to apply to the exciting learning centre SMI * University College of Music Education in Stockholm
where You will also be trained in Saxophone methodology and all musical genres where the saxophone can be heard as well as in the pedagogy needed for You to pass this knowledge on to Your future students.
Efter att ha beställt och uruppfört över 50 solokonserter och kammarmusik för sopransaxofon, känner jag att det är dags att dela denna musikskatt och tillhörande teknik med nästa generation av ambitiösa saxofonister.
Vi uppmuntrar Dig därför att söka till det spännande studiecentrum som SMI är idag.
Du kommer också att utbildas i saxofonmetodik i alla tänkbara
musikgenrer där saxofonen kan höras samt utveckla pedagogiken som behövs för dig att förmedla denna kunskap till Dina framtida
Anders Paulsson is widely recognized as one of the finest soprano saxophonists in the world. His broad experience on stage and collaboration with modern composers has brought him not only concerts in major halls such as Carnegie Hall and Berliner Philharmonie, but also a wide range of CDs and honours. He played twice at the Nobel festivities. One of them was in 1993, when Nelson Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize.
A warm welcome to our first Soprano Saxophonist Anders Paulsson.
MIAGI – Music is a great Investment invited Anders Paulsson to the MIAGI Youth Orchestra course in Johannesburg as a saxophone instructor with the possibility of creating some music together with our young musicians that come from all South African ethnic and economic backgrounds. The success of this initial collaboration made us select him as our Composer‐in‐Residence for the MIAGI Youth Orchestra and ‘New Skool’ Orchestra in South Africa 2013‐14. The commission was to create an orchestral piece for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Democracy in South Africa, while incorporating musical elements from South African Freedom Songs, Folk music, Jazz and Western classical tradition. Anders background in both classical music and jazz combined with his deep commitment to music as a harmonizing connection between cultures are qualities that made him suitable for the assignment. The African rhythms combined with the joy of this born free generation were also part of the nucleus that would become CELEBRATION SUITE. The CELEBRATION SUITE received its world premiere performance in the Soweto Theatre on September 25, 2013 with Tshepo Tsotetsi conducting.
CELEBRATION SUITE was so well received that the orchestra decided to bring it on their European Summer tour. It has now been performed 15 times with the European premiere at the Berlin Philharmonie on June 29, 2014 and on Nelson Mandela Day in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The Reconciliation and Amaqhawe * Heroes of South Africa movements have also been performed several times with the New Skool Sextet at the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria and at Fryshuset and Lilla Akademin in Stockholm, Sweden, as well as at the Headquarters of SIDA – Swedish International Development Cooperation that also funded part of the project.
Anders intuitive ability to connect musically with any person from any culture makes him an inspired leader, composer and soloist. His ability to assimilate local music of any genre and create something new made the South Africans feel that CELEBRATION SUITE was their own music. The South African Ambassador was convinced that Anders grew up in South Africa although he had only visited for a few weeks.
At the 14th performance of CELEBRATION SUITE the orchestra showed their appreciation by giving Anders a South African name: Jabulani = Happiness. Based on these uplifting experiences we strongly recommend recruiting Anders Paulsson for any musical projects involving youth, international understanding and peace.
Robert Brooks, Executive Director ‐ MIAGI
Pretoria, 9 May, 2015
MIAGI – Music is a great Investment, the South African developmental NGO was established in 2001 with support of the South African Department of Arts and Culture. Our Patrons are violinist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Maxim Vengerov, establisher of El Sistema Dr Jose Antonio Abreu and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, President Martti Ahtisaari.
7th Floor, State Theatre, 320 Pretorius Street, Pretoria 0001 / P.O. Box 13288, The Tramshed, 0126 Pretoria Tel: +27 (0)12 320 5154 / Fax: +27 (0)12 392 4160 / Email: email@example.com / Web: www.miagi.co.za
Directors: Robert Brooks (Executive Director), Klaus Döring, Maria Kurian (Chairperson), Junior John Ngulube, Enoch Phambuka Members: Ingrid Hedlund, Ayanda Holo, Matthew Krouse, Elizabeth Lindbergh, Rhulani Madale, Semane Molotlegi, Mikael Strandanger, Rod Tennant, Rudolph Willemse
A Section 21 Company – not for gain: MIAGI (Reg. No. 2001/015788/08)
(a MIAGI commissioned composition within the frame of a partner driven cooperation project funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria through Sida and based on songs from South Africa’’s Freedom Struggle)
Berliner Philharmonie, 29 Juni
Wisby Strand, 2 Juli
Rikssalen Kungliga Slottet, Stockholm 4 Juli
Krapperup Musikhall, 9 Juli
Laiszhalle, Hamburg, 11 Juli
Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, 15 Juli
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 17 Juli
PROGRAM NOTES CELEBRATION SUITE:
The music is inspired by and partially built on Freedom Songs.
This music often proved to be stronger than weapons during the struggle against apartheid,
as illustrated in the film AMANDLA! A revolution in four part harmony.
The first movement is built on the South African freedom
classic Shosholoza, that Nelson Mandela said inspired him
with courage to work in spite of great difficulties.
It is juxtaposed and integrated with jazzriffs and Celebration music.
The second mouvement RECONCILIATION is partially based on the chorale of the Freedom Song “Thina Sizwe”
that mourns the loss of land to the the immigrants.
Music from the new arrivals is integrated into the music,
symbolizing that together we can coexist peacefully.
MAKEBA REFLECTIONS is inspired by a cappella
Folksongs and riffs fused into a contrast of smooth sailing and big band power.
KUDU BLUES is developing an original Wangani tribal theme that is often played by Kudu horns.
The bluesy quality of the riff developed into a 7 bar blues in odd meters 8, 6 and 7/4.
The imagined answers of the bush animals develop into a cacaphony of riffs culminating in a jazzy super sax chorus.
AMAQHAWE =Heroes, is dedicated to all those men and women who dedicated their lives,
and sometimes even sacrificed their lives in order to establish and uphold
a peaceful and multiethnic democracy – a Rainbow Nation.
Their exemplary achievement is and remains an inspiration to the whole world.
Musically the composition is based on traditional South African rhythms combined with Nordic harmonies
and struggling middle section that resolves into the soulful
Joy that is an inspirational trademark of South African Culture.