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      April 7, 2013

      Sunday   4:00 PM

      1300 DIAMOND DRIVE
      Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544

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      Los Alamos Concert Association: Calefax Reed Quintet

      CALEFAX, established 25 years ago, are now in great demand worldwide, not least because of their unique instrumentation. The quintet performs standing up and always introduces itself and the program to the audience. Most importantly, the five musicians arrange, recompose and interpret music from eight centuries to suit their unique constellation: from early music to classical and jazz to world premières; in the hands of CALEFAX it all sounds fresh and new.

      The Amsterdam based ensemble has won a number of prestigious prizes and can be heard frequently throughout Europe and further afield in Russia, China, India, Turkey, Japan and the USA.

      Oliver Boekhoorn, born in 1970, is the oboist and youngest member of CALEFAX. His musical training was at the the Hague and Amsterdam conservatories. He is furthermore a member of Cobla la principal d'Amsterdam and is regularly employed in the principal ensembles and orchestras of the Netherlands. Oliver plays a Marigaux oboe but prefers Bulgheroni for oboe d'amore and cor anglais. In his spare time Oliver flies paragliding over the dutch coastal dunes.

      Clarinetist Ivar Berix (1967) studied with Bas de Jong and George Pieterson and graduated as a Performing Artist with honors. Besides CALEFAX, he is mainly playing chamber music in various combinations. He is also freelancing in the major orchestras of the Netherlands. Ivar plays Reform-Boehm Clarinets, built by Herbert Wurlitzer in 1986, and uses a Heinz Viotto mouthpiece, with Van Dooren reeds nr. 3.

      Raaf Hekkema has arranged an estimated half of the CALEFAX repertoire. He regularly performs as a soloist in the classical and contemporary saxophone repertoire, but preferably in his own arrangements. Solo appearances include performances with the Nieuw Ensemble, the Brabant Orchestra, the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Beethoven Academy (Belgium) and the Orchestre de Chambre de la Gironde (France). Raaf likes to initiate near-impossible projects like the performance in februari 2002 with the Noord Nederlands Orkest, when he premiered his arrangement for saxophone of Paganini's second violin concerto. He has won several prizes. In recent years, Raaf Hekkema has worked on his own settings for saxophone of Paganini's Caprices for violin. He has taken lessons for that reason with the violin master Rudolf Koelman. www.raafhekkema.com

       

      Jelte Althuis(1967) studied the clarinet with Herman Braune and George Pieterson at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where he graduated as a Performing Artist in 1993. In the meantime he studied the bassclarinet with Harry Sparnaay and graduated as a Performing Artist with honors. He joined CALEFAX in 1994 and is nowadays one of the most active arrangers as well. He works as a freelance musician in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Radio Chamber Orchestra. In CALEFAX he mainly plays the bass clarinet and the bassethorn. Jelte drives a Volvo Amazon 1969.

      Alban Wesly (1967) is the bassoonist, co-founder and one of the arrangers of CALEFAX. He is also a member of the German ensemble musikFabrik, and freelances in the principal Dutch ensembles and orchestras. His musical training was at the conservatories of Amsterdam and The Hague, where his final exam was honored with the Kolfschoten-prize 1996. Recently, he has been working with composers such as Gijsbrecht Royé, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Mauricio Kagel, Heinz Holliger, Mayke Nas, Jonathan Harvey and Peter Eötvös. He plays a Heckel bassoon built in 1996, a Stephan Leitzinger crook and reeds by Chris van Os. Alban claims to be the best football player of the ensemble. www.wesly.eu

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