Chatham Saxophone Quartet: New Irish Music
Runaway winners of Music Network's Young Musicwide Award in 2012, the Chatham Saxophone Quartet release New Irish Music on the RTÉ lyric fm label showcasing their bravura performances and versatility. The music on the CSQ’s debut CD may be new but it is always accessible and very enjoyable.
New Irish Music includes a piece specially written for the CSQ by Golden Globe nominated composer Brian Byrne, Saxophone Quartet No. 1. The score “fits Chatham’s closely-knit ensemble like the proverbial glove,” according to The Irish Independent. Young bodhrán player Aimee Farrell-Courtney joins the group for Ian Wilson’s heaven lay close II while another Belfast-born composer, Brian Irvine, was inspired by the rapid fire vocalisations of American cattle-mart auctioneers for his CSQ and tape creation, Just a little lighter cut of the same girls. Jonathan Nangle’s iridescent cobalt glow, references Miles Davis’ seminal Kind of Blue album as its inspiration while Dublin saxophonist Kenneth Edge has composed three programmatic Etudes for the group.