The aim of “Follia nuova” is to further explore and expand the saxophone’s repertoire and to present a transcription of an important violin sonata on the soprano saxophone. The title of the album refers to “follia”, one of Europe’s oldest musical themes that has been used repeatedly by composers throughout history. The theme adopts new variations and characters making it an ever evolving theme in Europe. Further to the main idea of this project the saxophone’s traditional repertoire is renewed through; the presentation of Villa Lobos in its original key, a personal interpretation of Decruck, a version of a piece more and more frequently performed in modern saxophone recordings by Albright and a transcription and reinterpretation of one of the major works in the chamber music repertoire, the Franck sonata.
Antonio García Jorge
This Segovian saxophonist has obtained first prizes in numerous international competitions in France, Spain, Italy and Andorra. International success has allowed him to perform as soloist with various orchestras and give recitals throughout Europe. He has also traveled to China, where he gave a masterclass and concert in Xi’an. He has received awards from INJUVE and the Spanish Ministry of Education and is supported by the Meyer and Tarrazi foundations. Interested in the creation of new music, he has collaborated with IRCAM in Paris and worked with composers such as Joan Magrané, José Manuel López-López, Gilbert Amy, César Camarero and Luis Naón. Also attracted by orchestral music, he has performed with the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, The Lyon National Orchestra as well as with the CNSMDP Orchestra and the OLC of Paris in many renowned venues. After having studied under the guidance of Juan Clemente Novo, Vincent David and Claude Delangle at the CNSM in Paris, Antonio continued his studies on the DAI course for contemporary music and creation with Hae-Sun Kang. In parallel, he studied for a Master degree in chamber music under David Walter with the Quartet Yendo, a group which he co-founded and with which he performs numerous concerts, projects and has broadcast on Radio France.
Immersed in music from an early age, Alexis Gournel rapidly discovered an affinity with the piano. Chamber music takes an important role in his musical life, actively performing in all kinds of ensembles and establishing partnerships with other musicians. In 2014 he founded the Hélios Trio with violinist Camille Fonteneau and cellist Raphaël Jouan, with whom he has won several international competitions. He regularly performs with other chamber music partners, including violinist Eva Zavaro and saxophonist Antonio Garcia Jorge. His interest in vocal music arouses great complicity with the lyrical singers he accompanies, especially the soprano Marianne Croux. He has performed at various festivals such as the European Festival “Jeunes Talents”, the Festival of Cap Ferret, the European Chamber Music Series in Illzach, the Festival des Arcs and the International Festival of La Roque d’Anthéron. His implication in contemporary music has led him to work with composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Nicolas Bacri and Tristan Murail as part of the Festival “Aspects des Musiques d’Aujourd’hui”. A native of Basse-Normandie, Alexis Gournel has received musical education from musical personalities such as Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Xiao Mei Zhu, Bruno Rigutto, François-René Duchâble and Pascal Devoyon.