Out now: our new album An American Rhapsody! Calefax goes on a musical road trip across the United States on An American Rhapsody.
The programme captures several iconic composers from different periods and backgrounds, ranging from a.o. George Gershwin, Samuel Barber and Duke Ellington to Florence Price, Harry Burleigh and Moondog. Taken together, these pieces reflect America’s kaleidoscopic diversity and its rich yet complex culture and history. The album is a declaration of love to a country that Calefax has frequently visited over the last two decades and continues to fascinate.
“This is one musical road trip across the United States you’ll
definitely want to take.”
“Since the turn of this century, we have been travelling across the Atlantic with Calefax once a year on tour. Touring in such a large country forges a bond with the population and its culture. We’ve gotten to know the country from the inside out. We’ve had adventures, made friends, and acquired fans. The US is also the country where Calefax has inspired the greatest number of followers: at the time of writing, the US has twenty-eight reed quintets with various activity levels. That’s more than one-third of the reed quintets worldwide.
“America — or more precisely, the United States — is always fascinating, both politically and culturally. Given the number of cultures and the country’s complex immigration history, we’re impressed by how all those people, in the two-and-a-half centuries since the country’s founding, have become united. But that’s only more or less the case because, of course, the differences — or contradictions — come to light when you take a closer look. Yet the American flag’s Stars and Stripes seem to connect the people who, through the centuries, have made this their home. This album reflects America’s kaleidoscopic diversity.” – Calefax
George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Harry Burleigh Southland Sketches
Samuel Barber Excursions, Op. 20
Florence Price Sonata in E minor
Billie Holiday / Arthur Herzog Jr. / Eric Dolphy / Raaf Hekkema God Bless the Child
Duke Ellington / Billy Strayhorn Satin Doll
Duke Ellington In a Sentimental Mood
Stevie Wonder Overjoyed
Kinan Azmeh / Raaf Hekkema Airports for Reed Quintet
Moondog New Amsterdam