Since its formation in 1984 the work of the Delta Saxophone Quartet has been about building cultural connections through music. From Taipei to Tashkent, from Pyongyang to Plymouth the DSQ has gone that extra mile to engage with a new and sometimes unsuspecting audience beyond that of the classic concert hall.
Its diverse programming and commissioning has seen the quartet transgress the usual boundaries of musical categorisation, sometimes being inspired by the iconic Prog Rock bands of Soft Machine and King Crimson or delving into the film worlds of the minimal composers of Michael Nyman and Philip Glass.
Most recently the quartet explored the iconic and subterranean world of David Bowie and Brian Eno and their 1970 trilogy releases from their Berlin Years. The release of the CD, ‘Bowie, Berlin & Beyond’ has met with much critical acclaim and has been played on numerous radio stations worldwide including BBC, RTÉ, RadioNZ, ABC, and Rai.
The quartet brings the world of contemporary music into the mainstream. It looks to take the audience on an aural world of discovery blowing away any preconceived ideas about likes and dislikes. When ears are open the mind and heart follows too. With this eclectic and engaging quartet the ‘feel good’ factor is back.
“One of Europe's most distinguished new music ensembles” - The Guardian
They bring their contemporary saxophone stylings to Festival of the Sky this September.