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Saxophone and Spoken Word Tussle in The Clore Ballroom

The Kudo Quartet in The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre

Recently we headed down to the Southbank Centre to catch The Kudo Quartet. The incredibly accomplished ensemble were playing a piece of particular interest to us over at Annexe; a composition for saxophone quartet and spoken word soundtrack by the Dutch ‘avant pop’ composer JacobTV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis 1951). JacobTV specializes in combining monologues with contemporary classical music, using the voice as another instrument. The voices used come from interviews with all manner of individuals, from Chet Baker to prison inmates serving life. The resulting works are really quite powerful and dense with surprising harmony.

After the concert we caught up with Abraham Minnen, Soprano Saxophone player and Kudo primary, about the performance.
Read the full interview after the jump.

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