Michael Hernandez - soprano saxophone
Michael Mortarotti - alto saxophone
Diane Hunger - tenor saxophone
Thomas A. Giles - baritone saxophone
The Mana Quartet’s debut release, Vide Supra, features four brand new works dedicated to the ensemble by American composers. 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.