New Solo CD with works for saxophone and piano by Schumann, Brahms, Massenet, Milhaud, and Whitney
Published by Mark's Records, the Mana Quartet’s debut release, Vide Supra, features four brand new works dedicated to the ensemble by American composers and was deemed Grammy Nomination Eligible by the Grammy Committee. Representing the group’s highly successful Sight & Sound project, three of the four works (Minchew, Stillabower, Villalta) were composed as aural sketches of paintings by Julie Mehretu, Jackson Pollock, and Salvador Dali. Having extensively toured the project across the United States and abroad, these three well-tested works offer a compact look at Mana’s multi-sensory concert experience: engaging audiences with expressive, flexible repertoire that can be paired with projected imagery, dance, film, and interactive media. After nearly 50 performances in recent seasons, Mana has elected to record Stephen Dankner’s largescale neo-romantic Quartet as a beautiful contrast to the progressive programming of Sight & Sound.
Called a “groundbreaking ensemble” by the Los Angeles Chronicle, the Mana Quartet has repeatedly won high praise
from today’s leading composers, noted as an ensemble that is “vigorous and accomplished...deserving every success” and “beautifully balanced...a new bright light in the world of chamber music” by Pulitzer Prize winners Charles Wuorinen and Ellen Taafe Zwilich. Championed as “Saxophone Ambassadors” by Chamber Music Magazine, Mana embodies its namesake as a pervasive force, advocating for the saxophone in classical music.
Since its inception in 2007, the ensemble has premiered dozens of dedicated twenty-first-century works and widely performed underrepresented masterpieces of the twentieth century. Using vintage instruments built to the specifications of the saxophone’s inventor, Adolphe Sax, Mana’s impassioned performances offer a vivid reimagining of the saxophone’s nineteenth-century heritage – a refined aesthetic characterized by intrinsic warmth, dynamic range of character, and absolute versatility. Order here!