The Erik Satie Quartet is a chamber wind group dedicated to the music of Erik Satie, Les Six, and related composers. Led by trombonist and arranger Ron Hay, the group is at once lithe and muscular, featuring an unusual and lyrical lineup of trumpet, trombone, bass trombone and baritone sax. Appearing monthly at Barbès, the group highlights the lesser known works of Satie as well as new arrangements of rarely performed works by Poulenc, Milhaud, Debussy, Durey, Sauguet, Auric, Britten, Stravinsky, Kœchlin, Hindemith and others.
As many of the works to be performed were originally choral settings of poems, the performance will include readings of the original French by Olivier Conan.
Ron Hay – trombone & arrangements
Max Seigel – bass trombone
Andrew Hadro – baritone saxophone
Ben Holmes – trumpet & flugelhorn
Works to be performed on September 6th:
Francis Poulenc – “Chansons” with poetry by Guillaume Apollinaire and Paul Éluard
Darius Milhaud – “Sonnets Composés au Secret” with poetry by Jean Cassou
Claude Debussy – “Trois Chansons” with poetry by Charles D’Orleans
Louis Durey – “Trois Chansons Populairs de Haute et de Basse Bretagne”
as well as works by Henri Sauguet, Georges Auric, Charles Kœchlin and, of course, Erik Satie.