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Adagio for Saxophones

by Vento do Norte & Henk van Twillert

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(2008) Vento do Norte

Vento do Norte is a unique international saxophone ensemble of wilful young musicians. They come from Venezuela, Portugal and the Netherlands and they are all highly talented students of Henk van Twillert at the Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo in Porto, Portugal. In 2007, they were awarded first prize at the prestigious Concorso Internazionale di musica da camera ‘Città di Chieri’ in Italy.

Vento do Norte combines a modern vision of chamber music with compelling interpretations. They play unique adaptations of Bach, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, transform melancholic fado music, stir up rousing tangos by Piazzolla, and enrich the laden soul of James Brown. This is their first CD, which was recorded during the Yamaha Pro Custom Sax Tour Benelux in the spring of 2008.

The ensemble is rapidly conquering the world: from festivals and theatres in Southern Europe to stages in Caracas, Venezuela. Vento do Norte has worked with famous musicians, including Claude Delangle, Benjamin Herman, Mario Marzi, Rudy Haemers and François Glorieux. In early 2007, the group was invited to play a series of concerts in Brussels and Antwerp to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the European Union. In 2008 they toured through Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

About Henk van Twillert

Henk van Twillert always tries to combine his passion for music with his love for teaching by giving master classes, lectures and concerts around the world. He is resident teacher at the Superior College of Music and Performing Arts in Porto (Portugal) and guest teacher at the Amsterdam Conservatory (The Netherlands). In 2009 he will move to New York to live and work on his next project, “Bach…Bowing with Air”.

“I consider it a real joy and privilege to work with all my talented students. Not only are they very driven to work together on establishing our own style. They are also high spirited, do not fear a challenge and are willing to discover a new approach towards music”.
Henk van Twillert Amsterdam 2008

Vento do Norte is one of those cases in which the true learnship and fresh youth are coupled together in the construction of a fascinating sonic universe. We should be grateful to the maestro Henk van Twillert and his Vento do Norte by all that they are giving us as well as its poetic: liberty and rigor, tradition and innovation. And, essentially by the pleasure of playing with the joy of a permanent discover.
Vasco Graça Moura Brussels 2008

Henk van Twillert | Filipe Fonseca | Tiago Costa | Ana Faria | Luis Lima | Tine van den Geest | Ruis Reis | Alexandre Brito | Jody Vianen | Susana Araujo | Tiago Gonçalves | Luis Pereira


released July 6, 2020

Recorded live on May 24, 2008 at the “Noorderkerk”, Bunschoten (The Netherlands)
Recording producer: Henk van Twillert
Executive producer: Saxunlimited
Recording engineer: Bert Smorenburg
Mixed and mastered by Bert Smorenburg and Henk van Twillert at Studio Smoor, Rotterdam

Cover design: GK Graphic Design VOF
Photography: Piet Meersschaut
Text: Jacqueline de rijk, Redactielab
Tour management: Esmee Nieuwenhuis
Special thanks to: Yamaha Music Central Europe Branch Benelux.

Henk van Twillert and Vento do Norte play on Yamaha Saxophones


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Henk van Twillert is a versatile saxophonist who plays his baritone, in such a way it goes through vaines and touches the soul! His genre is diverse; Classic, World Music, Jazz and many other styles are part of his oeuvre. Playing solo, with an orchestra, with the Vento do Norte Saxophone Ensemble, with the quartet or with the piano; in a small church or a city theatre, everything is possible. ... more

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