Nexas Quartet features four of the best saxophone players in the country:
Michael Duke (Soprano Saxophone)
Andrew Smith (Alto Saxophone)
Nathan Henshaw (Tenor Saxophone), and
Jay Byrnes (Baritone Saxophone)
Formed in 2002, Nexas Quartet are focused on promoting the musical diversity of the saxophone, showcasing its versatility and ability to cross genres. The group’s success comes from a combination of personalities, virtuosic saxophone skills, and an ability to program concerts of a wide appeal that has seen the musicians perform in a multitude of settings. This unique approach has enabled Nexas Quartet to perform throughout Australia and internationally, performing a diverse repertoire that reflects their artistic direction, ranging from transcriptions, standard and contemporary repertoire, to collaborations with theatre companies and premiering and commissioning new works. At the forefront of chamber music, Nexas Quartet are leaders in promoting existing and creating new repertoire for the saxophone quartet.
During the past few years Nexas performed at the prestigious APRA Awards as well as at the heart of Australia in Uluru for Darwin Symphony’s Symphony at Uluru. 2014 was a landmark year for the ensemble as they launched their inaugural Concert Series featuring Nexas collaborating with some of Australia’s finest musicians including Gerard Willems AM (pianist), Daniel Rojas (pianist), Nicky Crayson (jazz vocalist), David Theak (jazz saxophonist and bandleader), Frank Celata (SSO clarinettist) and Peter Coleman-Wright (opera singer).
Open-minded to new and innovative music, Nexas have commissioned many new Australian works and have had several works dedicated to them by composers such as Lachlan Skipworth, Amanda Cole, Anthony Moles, David Slater and Marcus Whale. Recently, Nexas Quartet collaborated with composer and sound artist Drew Crawford on the Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Jumpy as well as performing Elena Kats-Chernin’s From Anna Magdalena’s Notebook at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. 2015 also saw Nexas performing the world premiere of Matthew Hindson and Cyrus Meurant’s Romeo and Juliet with the National Opera Company.
In 2016 Nexas were once again engaged in their annual concert series featuring collaborations with trumpeter Matthew Dempsy and performing the world premiere of Matthew Hindson’s Romeo and Juliet Suite. In November 2016 Nexas launched their debut album, Current, at the iconic Utzon Room in Sydney Opera House. The CD features world premiere recordings by Australian composers Matthew Hindson, Elena Kats-Chernin, Daniel Rojas, Matthew Orlorvich and Lachlan Skipworth and will be the focus of this concert in the Robert Knox Hall.
"The quartet brought loads of energy, effortless virtuosity and drum-tight ensemble work to the performance, their playing precise and powerful, but with a vibrant agility that kept the music moving ..." [Limelight Magazine, Angus McPherson]
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