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Keilwerth

sx90

This saxophone might be the most important saxophone in my collection. The musical adventures I have experienced playing this instrument are numerous.
Keilwerth
sx90
Bass
2002
Germany
Bb
B♭-E♭
Brass, Gold lacquer
22
129.5
Notes on this instrument

During my studies at the conservatory in Tilburg, my professor suggested that I play the bass saxophone in the school’s saxophone ensemble. I was immediately enthusiastic. My brother is a professional bass player (in the rock industry), my father had played the bass harmonica in a trio in the 50s.

When I started looking for pieces to study on this saxophone however, I found that there where virtually no pieces in existence for bass saxophone! I was astonished, especially since the bass saxophone is the mother of the saxophone family!

This then sparked the idea to inspire composers to write for this saxophone. What followed can fill a book by itself. Many adventures, meetings, travels and concerts followed, and now there are about 130 works in existence for bass saxophone in different combinations.

list of works that were written for me

When I met the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet for the first time in the 90s when they played in Amsterdam, they invited me to take part in a workshop a few months later. I told them about my bass playing, and they asked if I could bring the instrument. At that point I was still playing our school’s Selmer MK VI bass saxophone. I made my way to Lörrach, at the Swiss/German border, and played the bass during that workshop. A little later, I was asked to sub in the, then newly formed, Raschèr Saxophone Orchestra, which was, of course, a great honor for me! This became a permanent connection somewhat later. As I was finishing my studies in Tilburg, I had to look for an instrument of my own. A daunting task, because I had nowhere near the funds to go out and buy a bass saxophone.

All stars aligned though, as I was to be the first young artist to receive the “Jacques de Leeuw” young talent award in 2002. At the same time, I had visited the Keilwerth factory (see story under the “Frankenstein” Keilwerth), and became an endorsed artist with that company. That way it became possible for me to acquire this brilliant bass saxophone, which gave my career wings!

I still enjoy playing this saxophone so much. For me it is the best of both worlds: the build of an old American bass like Buescher / Conn, but a very modern applicator that allows me to play all the repertoire I want to. I play it with Sigurd Raschèr’s old Conn Eagle mouthpiece, which the Raschèr family gifted to me after Mr. Raschèr’s death in 2001.

A photograph of the bass saxophone being played
Museum Kempenland Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2009

 

Rehearsing Ruud van Eeten's Double Concerto, for bass saxophone and english horn, written for my wife and me, 2004
Rehearsing Ruud van Eeten’s Double Concerto, for bass saxophone and english horn, written for my wife and me, 2004

 

with composer Hans Kox, in 2006, working on his "Inventions" for bass saxophone, that he wrote for me
with composer Hans Kox, in 2006, working on his “Inventions” for bass saxophone, that he wrote for me

 

with composer Hans Kox, in 2006, working on his "Inventions" for bass saxophone, that he wrote for me

 

Photo of the bass saxophone being performed
Geldrop, Netherlands, 2006

 

Photo of the bass saxophone being performed
Kloosterkerk, The Hague, Netherlands, 2006

 

Photo of the bass saxophone and a child hugging it
our Goddaughter Nell and my bas in 2010

 

Photo of the bass saxophone and a child hugging it Photo of the bass saxophone and a child hugging it

 

Two friends taking a photo with their saxophones
with Carina Raschèr in 2001. The bass I am holding in this picture actually belonged to the conservatory in Tilburg where I studied. One year later I started playing my Keilwerth. This picture is very special to me.

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2000. I performed (then still on the school’s Selmer MK VI bass) a program of new pieces written for me in the Jur Naessens competition

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
Jacques de Leeuw award ceremony in 2011. I was the first to win the prize in 2002. It was great to perform at the 10 year celebration!

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
Paradox, Tilburg, Netherlands, 2004, performing with Daniel Kientzy

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
Almkerk, Netherlands, performing a children’s concert with windband, 2005

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
Breda saxophone festival, Netherlands, 2003

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
Blerick, Netherlands, 2008. Performing the premier of Jan van Dijk’s Concerto for bass saxophone and windband

 

photo of the saxophone being performed

 

photo of the saxophone being repaired
Nico Bodewes working on my bass in 2013

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
The Spectrum Duo, with my wife, Susanne on English horn, in 2004

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
On Wings festival Groningen, Netherlands, 2009

 

photo of the saxophone case being thrown up in a field of dirt
with my Reunion Blues gigbag in Schweighofen, Germany, 2011

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
Performing with the Berliner Philharmoniker on TV, 2003

 

photo of the saxophone being performed

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
Gütersloh Jazz Fest, the Raschèr Quartet was joined by Steffen Schorn and Roger Hanschel, 2017

 

photo of two friends in a dark parking lot
In Karlsruhe, Germany, 2006, for the premier of Stefan Thomas’ epic work for bass saxophone and orchestra. This certainly was a highlight in my career in many ways.

 

photo of the saxophone being performed

 

photo of the saxophone being performed

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
Warming up for a concert in Lörrach, Germany, with the Raschèr Saxophone Orchestra, 2003

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
With composer Jacques Palinckx, who wrote a Duo for bass saxophone, in which we both play the instrument at the same time

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
Toonzaal, den Bosch, 2006

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
Toonzaal, den Bosch, 2006, performing the premier of Jan van Dijk’s “Rue Grande” for bass saxophone and piano

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
performing with Symphonic windband Amsterdam, NedPho koepel, 2014

 

photo of the 2 bass saxophones being performed
Salzgitter, Germany, 2022, performing Walter Hartley’s Duet for basses, which he wrote for me in 2003, with my companion Leo van Oostrom

 

photo of the saxophone being performed
Salzgitter, Germany, 2022

 

photo of a concert ticket
In 2000 I spent the summer playing concerts in Scotland, performing new works for bass saxophone and piano, with pianist Michael Barnett

 

photo of American magazine Saxophone Journa
In 2002 I was featured in the American magazine Saxophone Journal

 

 

Photo of the bass saxophone on the lap of the musician
Screenshot from the 2002 Jacques de Leeuw prize nomination video

 

 

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