The individual members of FIVE SAX are all established solo musicians, who represent a significant 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, the USA, Hong Kong 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 began as a street music act, performing in the heart of Vienna. After an unforgettable first year, they decided it was time to bring their performance from street to stage, taking their new show, Sax Voyage on its maiden journey. The following years brought the quintet to the five corners of the world with stops throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas and prestigious halls such as the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Teatro del Lago in Chile, the Musikverein Vienna, the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Audiences can expect to hear another side of Five Sax with their new show, In Time. The quintet explores the world of music from an entirely different perspective, focusing on how composers from different periods have made their music „groove“. The program includes some of the most rhythmical and pulsing music by J.S. Bach, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, John Coltrane, as well as original music. Join Five Sax on their next journey, In Time. Feel the groove!
FIVE SAX invites you to join them on an unforgettable musical journey. The multi-continental trip begins in the legendary capital of music: Vienna, with a look back at some timeless classics of the past. Then we jump on a train to explore the rich ethnic musical styles of Spain, Italy, Hungary and the Balkans. From there we hop on a flight to Rio de Janeiro to experience the seductive rhythms of Brazilian Bossa Nova, the passion of Argentine Tango and a visit to the mythic Columbian town of Macondo.
For the last stop of our voyage, we touch down in sunny Los Angeles where we rediscover some of the most famous Hollywood hits.