What is Seiklus?
Seiklus is a saxophone ensemble which attempts to provide originality and innovation to the current chamber music scene. It is composed by eight young professional musicians who bring extensive experience in different chamber music formations and in musical performance and interpretation.
Birth and creation
Seiklus was born, as many other things, spontaneously. It was the summer of 2012, some of the actual components of the ensemble were sharing some drinks around a table, one thing led to the other one and, in the end, the idea took shape: with a bit of effort among them all, they could gather together the required musicians and music sheets to arrange the first meeting.
This formula was considered the best to concentrate work and to save money on daily substance allowance and travel, due to the fact that the vast majority of the components were still studying and there was a lack of financial resources at that time.
The first meeting took place at Christmas in 2012. Concerts were given in two municipalities in the province of Ciudad Real. In spite of the experimental nature of the meeting, the feelings were good enough to decide to continue with the project.
During the following meetings, the group continued with its progress, trying with different repertoires. Some of the partners came and went, because it is known that in this field it is not always needed to have a certain professional stability to support continuously a medium to long-term project.
Then, the ensemble had the opportunity to prove itself in various stages and repertoires, working on essential factors of chamber music: tuning, phrasing, ensemble playing without music director, etc.
At this time, the repertoire was diverse, including transcriptions and original pieces. In terms of styles, they worked with a wide selection, ranging from Baroque to twentieth-century nationalisms and Steve Reich’s Minimalism or the contemporary creation.
What about now?
The ensemble is facing a new phase now, which has a high level of maturity, acquired from years of meetings, living together and concerts.
After the stabilization of the members, it was formed by eight musicians (without the bass saxophone), and they decided to bet on thematic projects and on the creation of a new repertoire; two keys that would be essential to ensure the growth and consolidation of the ensemble in artistic and musical levels.