Matthew Hindson Scenes from Romeo and Juliet
Lachlan Skipworth Dark Nebulae
Matthew Orlovich Slipstream
Mark Oliveiro New Work (world premiere)
Michael Duke soprano saxophone
Andrew Smith alto saxophone
Nathan Henshaw tenor saxophone
Jay Byrnes baritone saxophone
Since their formation in 2002, saxophone quartet Nexas Quartet have premiered countless new Australian works and collaborated with the finest musicians, theatre and dance companies.
2016 saw the release of their debut album ‘Current’, a reflection of their collaboration with leading Australian composers. The recording, described by Stephanie Eslake for Limelight Magazine as ‘a riveting release’, contains works by Kats-Chernin, Hindson, Skipworth, Rojas and Orlovich.
Early in 2017, the quartet recorded ‘Ballads of a Pleasant Life’ for ABC Classics with renewed baritone Peter Coleman-Wright. This collaboration also resulted in the show ‘Composers in Exile’ described thus by Bill Stephens for Arts Review: "the brilliance of the five performers, their easy charm and obvious affection and enthusiasm for the material, proved a seductive combination in a presentation which informed the mind while pleasuring the soul".
The quartet has performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House and at World Saxophone Congresses (Scotland, France and Croatia).