I love trolling YouTube for good saxophone-related videos that have not been viewed a bazillion times. This morning I found another one of these little obscure gems—and by obscure I mean something not in our North American-centric consciousness.
Sistergold is a saxophone quartet from Germany. The group is made up of 4 very talented saxophonists, who play a variety of music that ranges from ABBA to classical, to blues, to standards, as well as their own compositions.
Sistergold’s members are: Kerstin Röhn (baritone), Sigrun Krüger (tenor), Elisabeth Flämig (alto), and Inken Röhrs (soprano). Each has studied music or saxophone during her post secondary eduction, and each is heavily involved in the performing arts beyond Sistergold.
This official trailer for Sistergold gives you an pretty good idea of the quartet’s style, as well as an overview of some of their music. The trailer also illustrates a few other talents, like tap.
My 2 favourite pieces that the group has put on their YouTube channel exemplify 2 very different things.
Bei mir bist shein illustrates their tightness and overall musicality. The piece also allows each player to solo. While each solo is flawless, I just love Sigrun Krüger’s tenor solo at 1:25 the most. (I think it’s my tenor bias coming through.)
The other video that I really liked, is actually a duet between the tenor and the soprano, but involving all 4 players. Hit The Road Jack shows Sistergold’s stage presence, but also their musical talents.
It is not easy for 2 people to play 1 horn. Ever tried it? I have, and my efforts didn’t turn out anything like this…
If you’re a fan of saxophone groups, then Sistergold is definitely worth a listen. Check out their website. There you’ll also find a link to their Facebook page, as well as links to the member’s other projects as well.