Artvark is not just another saxophone quartet. Discarding the chairs and the music stands, Artvark moves, whizzes and growls. Artvark dances through musical traditions following and improvised choreography. Artvark represents innovative original compositions, singular soloists and the adventurous grooves of four saxophones. Artvark connects different worlds and shifts boundaries, within the group and in music as well.
Following a variety of collaboration, Artvark has recently released an album purely as a quartet: Trance. This does not hold the eclectic set that Artvark has become known for, but a single story in a single breath. Out of one tone the listener is transported slowly through a pulsating rhythm towards caleidoscopic textures of criss-crossing melodies and colorful harmonies.
‘Bright, sparkling playing, bittersweet and serene melodic lines, lyricism full of emotion. Everything falls into place in this seven-part suite. A sample of true craftsmanship’ (Jazzenzo about Trance).
Rolf Delfos, Bart Wirtz alto saxophone, Mete Erker tenor saxophone, Peter Broekhuizen bariton saxophone