Nexas Quartet & Emily Granger – Angels and Demons


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Nexas Quartet


The largely unexplored sound world of saxophone quartet and harp.

About the artists

Nexas Quartet are committed to sharing the musical diversity of the saxophone, showcasing its versatility and ability to cross genre boundaries. Their utterly startling, adrenaline-fueled precision and virtuosity, paired with their prerogative to share existing and new repertoire make their concerts a pleasure to experience. Nexas Quartet is joined by the incredible talent of harpist Emily Granger providing a unique and largely unexplored sound world of saxophone quartet and harp.

About the concert

Their performance in Primrose Potter Salon presents a program of reimagined classics from Debussy’s ‘Danses sacrée et profane’ to Ravel’s ‘Introduction and Allegro’ with a new composition from Van Klaveren and world premieres from award winning Australian composer Lyle Chan and Nexas’ own Michael Duke.

Long vilified in the world of musical instruments, the saxophone was banned by popes and fascist dictators alike as a symbol of debauchery and hedonism. The opposite end of the spectrum is the wholly angelic harp, the instrument of Gabriel, Cupid and all things virtuous. Together, sparks fly producing a new and largely uncharted sound world.

Praise for Artists

Nexas Quartet
‘The quartet played with great energy and smooth precision full of virtuosity and fine ensemble work.’ Sydney Arts Guide

Emily Granger
‘…this is a brilliantly virtuosic exploration of a beguiling instrument.’ ABC Classic

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Michael Duke soprano saxophone
Andrew Smith alto saxophone
Nathan Henshaw tenor saxophone
Jay Byrnes baritone saxophone
Emily Granger harp


Maurice Ravel
Introduction et Allegro, M.46

Russell Howland
Saxophone Quartet No.6 with Harp

Wijnand van Klaveren
Song without Words

Lyle Chan
Gravity and Levity on the Sunbreathing Earth

Claude Debussy
Danse sacrée et danse profane, L.103

Michael Duke
Angels and Demons


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