Charles Hon Sun Ng HONG KONG / Michal Knot POLAND / Joel USA / Alvaro Collao CHILE / Damiano Grandesso ITALY

FIVE SAX is a modern-style saxophone quintet featuring five musicians from around the world. Since they premiered SAX VOYAGE in Poland, FIVE SAX has performed in some of the most prestigious halls such as the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Teatro del Lago in Chile, the National Concert Hall in Taipei and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

The individual members of FIVE SAX are all established solo musicians, who represent a signifcant international presence and hold many prizes from important national and international competitions. The members converged in Vienna from around the world, united by a modern conception of virtuosity and the constant urge to push the limits of performance.

The five musicians from Poland, Italy, Belgium, the USA and Chile each brings his own unique and vibrant personality to the group. The ensemble’s imaginative programming mirrors the diversity of its members; rooted in classical music, while venturing into American jazz, south-American Latin styles and European folk music.

The ensemble began in an unusual way: performing street theater in the center of Vienna. Their first year performing together was an unforgettable experience of running from the police, surviving freezing temperatures and dealing with angry shopkeepers. The ensemble’s past is echoed in their concerts by their use of theatrical elements, their strong connection with the audience, and their spontaneous approach to making music.

FIVE SAX at the Movies expands upon one of the most popular scenes in the stage show, Sax Voyage: a medley of film music. Saxophone and cinema are two major pillars of 20th century culture, having risen to prominence in parallel. This natural affinity makes the field of film music particularly alluring to the members of FIVE SAX. From blazing trumpets announcing bloodthirsty pirates to seductive violins introducing the woman of your dreams, FIVE SAX uses the saxophone’s full sonic range to bring alive the most glorious heroes and despicable villains ever seen on the big screen.

“At the movies” is a concert program adapted to all kinds of venues without special technical requirements.